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            

14.7

21

Ballina

10.1

16

Birr             

16.7

29

Buncrana

14.8

25

Carlow       

17.1

22

Carrick-On-Shannon

11.0

23

Castlebar          

15.3

18

Cavan

12.8

26

Churchtown

10.5

20

Clifden

17.5

25

Clonmel

16.4

28

Cork

15.4

23

Donegal

14.9

24

Dundalk        

14.4

21

Dungarvan  

21.9

25

Ennis        

14.5

22

Finglas        

10.9

20

Galway    

13.2

22

Gorey          

11.9

18

Kilkenny          

18.5

26

Killarney         

17.0

21

Kilrush          

9.6

18

Letterkenny     

14.4

24

Limerick

11.6

26

Longford         

14.4

21

Loughrea        

12.3

29

Mallow           

11.6

24

Monaghan   

15.5

25

Mullingar        

13.7

23

Naas

12.3

19

Navan  

14.5

23

Nenagh

16.8

24

Newcastle West

16.7

21

Portlaoise       

14.8

29

Raheny          

12.7

21

Roscommon

16.3

21

Shannon

17.7

19

Skibbereen       

16.5

22

Sligo 

8.3

19

Tallaght       

10.3

18

Thurles

16.7

27

Tipperary

18.7

29

Tralee

15.7

25

Tuam

13.1

25

Tullamore

12.2

19

Waterford

16.4

27

Wexford

16.9

25

Wicklow

13.7

18

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 14.7
Ballina 10.1
Ballincollig
Birr 16.7
Buncrana 14.8
Carlow 17.1
Carrick-On-Shannon 11.0
Castlebar 15.3
Cavan 12.8
Churchtown 10.5
Clifden 17.5
Clonmel 16.4
Cork 15.4
Donegal 14.9
Dundalk 14.4
Dungarvan 21.9
Ennis 14.5
Finglas 10.9
Galway 13.2
Gorey 11.9
Kilkenny 18.5
Killarney 17.0
Kilrush 9.6
Letterkenny 14.4
Limerick 11.6
Limerick - Woodview 11.6
Longford 14.4
Loughrea 12.3
Mallow 11.6
Monaghan 15.5
Mullingar 13.7
Naas 12.3
Navan 14.5
Nenagh 16.8
Newcastle West 16.7
Portlaoise 14.8
Raheny 12.7
Roscommon 16.3
Shannon 17.7
Skibbereen 16.5
Sligo 8.3
Tallaght 10.3
Thurles 16.7
Tipperary 18.7
Tralee 15.7
Tuam 13.1
Tullamore 12.2
Waterford 16.4
Wexford 16.9
Wicklow 13.7

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.