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            

10.2

16

Ballina

9.4

18

Birr             

11.4

16

Buncrana

12.6

17

Carlow       

12.1

18

Carrick-On-Shannon

11.6

23

Castlebar          

9.8

25

Cavan

11.2

23

Churchtown

12.8

23

Clifden

11.8

19

Clonmel

15.3

19

Cork

16.1

25

Donegal

15.1

18

Dundalk        

10.0

14

Dungarvan  

9.9

16

Ennis        

10.1

24

Finglas        

10.7

18

Galway    

11.3

17

Gorey          

15.2

23

Kilkenny           

17.8

22

Killarney         

13.6

23

Kilrush          

14.1

21

Letterkenny     

15.2

23

Limerick

12.1

23

Longford         

10.5

18

Loughrea        

11.8

20

Mallow          

14.8

23

Monaghan   

13.4

24

Mullingar        

10.2

19

Naas

12.6

18

Navan  

10.6

18

Nenagh

12.7

18

Newcastle West

16.7

25

Portlaoise       

11.4

15

Raheny          

9.6

16

Roscommon

11.3

16

Shannon

14.2

20

Skibbereen       

15.9

26

Sligo 

12.4

23

Tallaght       

10.9

16

Thurles

11.5

16

Tipperary

11.1

19

Tralee

12.7

21

Tuam

10.3

14

Tullamore

11.1

17

Waterford

13.6

19

Wexford

15.3

19

Wicklow

13.3

21

 

Last updated 16/07/2018

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 10.2
Ballina 9.4
Ballincollig
Birr 11.4
Buncrana 12.6
Carlow 12.1
Carrick-On-Shannon 11.6
Castlebar 9.8
Cavan 11.2
Churchtown 12.8
Clifden 11.8
Clonmel 15.3
Cork 16.1
Donegal 15.1
Dundalk 10.0
Dungarvan 9.9
Ennis 10.1
Finglas 10.7
Galway 11.3
Galway
Gorey 15.2
Kilkenny 17.8
Killarney 13.6
Kilrush 14.1
Letterkenny 15.2
Limerick 12.1
Limerick - Woodview 12.1
Longford 10.5
Loughrea 11.8
Mallow 14.8
Monaghan 13.4
Mullingar 10.2
Naas 12.6
Navan 10.6
Nenagh 12.7
Newcastle West 16.7
Portlaoise 11.4
Raheny 9.6
Roscommon 11.3
Shannon 14.2
Skibbereen 15.9
Sligo 12.4
Tallaght 10.9
Thurles 11.5
Tipperary 11.1
Tralee 12.7
Tuam 10.3
Tullamore 11.1
Waterford 13.6
Wexford 15.3
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.