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             

10.4

18

Ballina

7.3

24

Birr             

10.0

19

Buncrana

12.3

19

Carlow       

12.2

18

Carrick-On-Shannon

15.9

23

Castlebar          

12.5

24

Cavan

14.8

26

Churchtown

13.9

26

Clifden

11.8

26

Clonmel

14.4

20

Cork

17.1

25

Donegal

12.0

21

Dundalk        

9.7

17

Dungarvan  

11.2

20

Ennis        

18.4

25

Finglas        

11.2

17

Galway    

12.5

23

Gorey          

14.0

26

Kilkenny          

16.1

24

Killarney         

16.9

26

Kilrush          

14.1

21

Letterkenny     

16.9

24

Limerick

13.2

23

Longford         

11.5

15

Loughrea        

13.7

24

Mallow          

15.8

22

Monaghan   

17.9

24

Mullingar        

12.7

13

Naas

12.0

18

Navan  

12.3

19

Nenagh

13.0

19

Newcastle West

18.3

25

Portlaoise       

9.7

19

Raheny          

10.2

18

Roscommon

10.9

19

Shannon

14.7

21

Skibbereen       

16.8

25

Sligo 

14.7

22

Tallaght       

10.3

17

Thurles

10.4

19

Tipperary

11.7

21

Tralee

12.4

24

Tuam

8.0

20

Tullamore

10.7

18

Waterford

11.9

19

Wexford

14.4

17

Wicklow

13.2

24

 

Last updated 21/09/2018

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 10.4
Ballina 7.3
Ballincollig
Birr 10.0
Buncrana 12.3
Carlow 12.2
Carrick-On-Shannon 15.9
Castlebar 12.5
Cavan 14.8
Churchtown 13.9
Clifden 11.8
Clonmel 14.4
Cork 17.1
Donegal 12.0
Dundalk 9.7
Dungarvan 11.2
Ennis 18.4
Finglas 11.2
Galway 12.5
Galway
Gorey 14.0
Kilkenny 16.1
Killarney 16.9
Kilrush 14.1
Letterkenny 16.9
Limerick 13.2
Limerick - Woodview 13.2
Longford 11.5
Loughrea 13.7
Mallow 15.8
Monaghan 17.9
Mullingar 12.7
Naas 12.0
Navan 12.3
Nenagh 13.0
Newcastle West 18.3
Portlaoise 9.7
Raheny 10.2
Roscommon 10.9
Shannon 14.7
Skibbereen 16.8
Sligo 14.7
Tallaght 10.3
Thurles 10.4
Tipperary 11.7
Tralee 12.4
Tuam 8.0
Tullamore 10.7
Waterford 11.9
Wexford 14.4
Wicklow 13.3

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.