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            

11.3

14

Ballina

11.3

16

Birr             

14.0

17

Buncrana

14.9

17

Carlow       

12.1

15

Carrick-On-Shannon

10.9

18

Castlebar          

12.5

13

Cavan

16.4

17

Churchtown

16.0

26

Clifden

19.6

27

Clonmel

13.7

20

Cork

13.9

29

Donegal

13.5

22

Dundalk        

11.5

16

Dungarvan  

13.1

20

Ennis        

16.8

26

Finglas        

10.1

14

Galway    

12.1

27

Gorey          

17.8

25

Kilkenny           

16.8

20

Killarney         

17.7

25

Kilrush          

16.1

25

Letterkenny     

14.4

21

Limerick

13.2

25

Longford         

10.5

16

Loughrea        

15.8

27

Mallow          

13.4

26

Monaghan   

15.4

21

Mullingar        

8.8

14

Naas

12.1

16

Navan  

12.5

16

Nenagh

12.1

18

Newcastle West

17.9

25

Portlaoise       

11.5

16

Raheny          

10.4

16

Roscommon

13.4

18

Shannon

14.2

27

Skibbereen       

18.7

25

Sligo 

6.2

11

Tallaght       

10.1

14

Thurles

15.5

23

Tipperary

12.9

23

Tralee

15.5

23

Tuam

12.0

20

Tullamore

12.8

16

Waterford

10.1

11

Wexford

9.9

16

Wicklow

16.8

23

 

Last updated 07/11/2018

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 10.6
Ballina 8.7
Ballincollig
Birr 13.9
Buncrana 13.8
Carlow 11.2
Carrick-On-Shannon 12.5
Castlebar 17.4
Cavan 18.3
Churchtown 15.4
Clifden 11.8
Clonmel 15.3
Cork 17.8
Damastown (Mulhuddart)
Donegal 10.2
Dundalk 10.9
Dungarvan 11.7
Ennis 17.4
Finglas 11.2
Galway 15.8
Galway
Gorey 18.8
Kilkenny 14.2
Killarney 17.6
Kilrush 16.1
Letterkenny 16.4
Limerick 12.5
Limerick - Woodview 13.6
Longford 10.7
Loughrea 14.8
Mallow 13.2
Monaghan 17.5
Mullingar 10.5
Naas 12.1
Naas 3
Navan 12.5
Nenagh 12.1
Newcastle West 18.1
Portlaoise 8.9
Raheny 10.3
Roscommon 13.4
Shannon 14.2
Skibbereen 18.9
Sligo 7.3
Tallaght 9.5
Thurles 12.7
Tipperary 12.3
Tralee 14.6
Tuam 14.1
Tullamore 11.6
Waterford 11.2
Wexford 11.9
Wicklow 16.3

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.