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.

Centre

Average Waiting (Weeks)

longest wait time

Athlone

6.7

9.4

Ballina

7.0

9.7

Birr

9.0

9.3

Buncrana

7.5

10.1

Carlow

7.0

14.7

Carrick-On-Shannon

5.4

10.6

Castlebar

5.6

10.4

Cavan

6.6

10.7

Churchtown

11.5

15.4

Clifden

5.5

12.6

Clonmel

12.0

14.6

Cork

11.8

13.0

Donegal

5.9

10.4

Dun Laoghaire/Deansgrange

7.4

9.7

Dundalk

8.5

10.6

Dungarvan

9.6

10.0

Ennis

10.0

9.9

Finglas

5.7

9.9

Galway

6.3

10.7

Gorey

11.7

13.9

Kilkenny

7.7

9.9

Killarney

10.9

10.9

Kilrush

14.0

14.4

Letterkenny

5.7

9.6

Limerick

8.3

13.7

Longford

7.2

12.7

Loughrea

8.1

10.0

Mallow

11.7

11.6

Monaghan

6.0

10.6

Mulhuddart

7.6

13.1

Mullingar

10.0

12.4

Naas

6.0

10.1

Navan

8.5

10.7

Nenagh

10.8

11.6

Newcastle West

13.0

12.6

Portlaoise

7.7

10.9

Raheny

6.1

12.6

Roscommon

6.3

9.7

Shannon

12.0

11.7

Skibbereen

13.6

13.6

Sligo

6.2

11.1

Tallaght

6.4

12.0

Thurles

11.0

10.9

Tipperary

9.0

9.4

Tralee

10.0

10.4

Tuam

6.5

11.7

Tullamore

9.3

10.9

Waterford

6.1

11.4

Wexford

5.4

9.0

Wicklow

12.0

12.4

 

Last updated 20/03/2019

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)

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.