Driving test waiting times

How long you can expect to wait for a driving test and which test centres have the shortest and longest waiting times.

How long do I have to wait

We aim to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks.  Our ability to meet this target depends on the number of applications received.    Accordingly, the average waiting time in driving test centres may vary above or below this 10-week target.

The current average waiting time for a Category B (car/light van) driving
test, per test centre, based on the waiting times of applicants who had a test appointment during the last 4 weeks, is listed below:

Please note: The average waiting time is an average of current waiting times for applicants at each Test Centre.  Applicants will have waiting times both longer and shorter than the average.  The longest waiting time per Test Centre is also shown in the table below.

Driving Test Centre.

Average Waiting (Weeks)

Longest Wait Time in Weeks CARS

Athlone            

10.5

14

Ballina

12.3

17

Birr             

12.3

14

Buncrana

11.5

18

Carlow       

10.2

16

Carrick-On-Shannon

15.6

21

Castlebar          

12.5

20

Cavan

15.0

21

Churchtown

10.6

21

Clifden

9.0

14

Clonmel

13.4

19

Cork

17.4

24

Donegal

15.0

21

Dundalk        

11.0

15

Dungarvan  

9.3

16

Ennis        

9.9

22

Finglas        

9.9

18

Galway    

9.2

16

Gorey          

15.4

21

Kilkenny          

14.3

21

Killarney         

16.2

23

Kilrush          

12.0

16

Letterkenny     

9.1

21

Limerick

10.1

22

Longford         

9.0

16

Loughrea        

10.9

18

Mallow          

15.4

21

Monaghan   

12.8

22

Mullingar        

9.3

16

Naas

12.5

18

Navan  

11.2

16

Nenagh

11.2

17

Newcastle West

13.0

22

Portlaoise       

11.2

15

Raheny          

10.0

15

Roscommon

13.5

16

Shannon

9.0

17

Skibbereen       

13.5

21

Sligo 

8.8

21

Tallaght       

10.3

16

Thurles

10.2

16

Tipperary

10.8

16

Tralee

12.2

22

Tuam

9.6

14

Tullamore

10.0

14

Waterford

14.9

18

Wexford

12.7

21

Wicklow

15.1

18

Last updated 15/06/2018

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 10.5
Ballina 12.3
Ballincollig
Birr 12.3
Buncrana 11.5
Carlow 10.2
Carrick-On-Shannon 15.6
Castlebar 12.5
Cavan 15
Churchtown 10.6
Clifden 9.0
Clonmel 13.4
Cork 17.4
Donegal 15
Dundalk 11.0
Dungarvan 9.3
Ennis 9.9
Finglas 9.9
Galway 9.2
Gorey 15.4
Kilkenny 14.3
Killarney 16.2
Kilrush 12.0
Letterkenny 9.1
Limerick 10.1
Limerick - Woodview 10.1
Longford 9.0
Loughrea 10.9
Mallow 15.4
Monaghan 12.8
Mullingar 9.3
Naas 12.5
Navan 11.2
Nenagh 11.2
Newcastle West 13.0
Portlaoise 11.2
Raheny 10.0
Roscommon 13.5
Shannon 9.0
Skibbereen 13.5
Sligo 8.8
Tallaght 10.3
Thurles 10.2
Tipperary 10.8
Tralee 12.2
Tuam 9.6
Tullamore 10.0
Waterford 14.9
Wexford 12.7
Wicklow 15.4

Quick tests

We know that a person may need to take a test urgently. We can usually facilitate this and it helps if you are available for a test appointment at short notice

We often have slots that have been cancelled that are available for a person who can take a test with notice from a few hours to a few days.

If this is suitable for you, please note on your application that you are available for short notice cancellation.