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              9.3 17
Ballina 14.1 15
Birr               10.9 17
Buncrana 11.8 18
Carlow         10.7 18
Carrick-On-Shannon 11.3 20
Castlebar            13.7 19
Cavan 15.8 21
Churchtown 9.2 19
Clifden 9.0 19
Clonmel 14.6 20
Cork  17.8 23
Donegal 14.6 22
Dundalk          10.9 15
Dungarvan    9.0 14
Ennis          10.7 20
Finglas          9.8 17
Galway      9.4 18
Gorey            16.0 23
Kilkenny            14.1 22
Killarney           17.0 23
Kilrush            16.2 22
Letterkenny       12.1 21
Limerick 9.2 22
Longford           8.9 16
Loughrea          11.2 17
Mallow            17.5 20
Monaghan     16.3 21
Mullingar          11.1 15
Naas 13.8 18
Navan    11.7 16
Nenagh 14.1 20
Newcastle West 15.3 23
Portlaoise         11.1 16
Raheny            10.7 15
Roscommon 11.9 15
Shannon 9.0 17
Skibbereen         14.0 22
Sligo   6.7 21
Tallaght         10.1 17
Thurles 12.5 17
Tipperary 9.5 14
Tralee 17.2 21
Tuam 10.8 14
Tullamore 9.6 15
Waterford 12.9 21
Wexford 8.5 20
Wicklow 15.9 19

Last updated 22/05/2018

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 9.3
Ballina 14.1
Ballincollig
Birr 10.9
Buncrana 11.8
Carlow 10.7
Carrick-On-Shannon 11.3
Castlebar 13.7
Cavan 15.8
Churchtown 9.2
Clifden 9.0
Clonmel 14.6
Cork 17.8
Donegal 14.6
Dundalk 10.9
Dungarvan 9.0
Ennis 10.7
Finglas 9.8
Galway 9.4
Gorey 16.0
Kilkenny 14.1
Killarney 17.0
Kilrush 16.2
Letterkenny 12.1
Limerick 9.2
Limerick - Woodview 9.2
Longford 8.9
Loughrea 11.2
Mallow 17.5
Monaghan 16.3
Mullingar 11.1
Naas 13.8
Navan 11.7
Nenagh 14.1
Newcastle West 15.3
Portlaoise 11.1
Raheny 10.7
Roscommon 11.9
Shannon 9.0
Skibbereen 14.0
Sligo 6.7
Tallaght 10.1
Thurles 12.5
Tipperary 9.5
Tralee 17.2
Tuam 10.8
Tullamore 9.6
Waterford 12.9
Wexford 8.5
Wicklow 16.8

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.