Driving Test Update


Please note that our customer service agents cannot book or cancel driving tests over the phone or offer updates on waiting times, so we kindly ask you not to call for this information. Driving tests should be managed directly through



Are you an essential worker who needs a test urgently?

If you’re an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all of your driver training, please fill in an urgent test request form and we’ll prioritise your application. Know more >



Need to add yourself to the driving test waiting list?

Please sign up or log into our new customer portal to apply for a driving test and add yourself to the waiting list. This video will show you how



Essential worker declaration form for driver training

Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) can offer Essential Driver Training (EDT) to essential workers. If you need to complete your driver training, please fill in an  essential worker declaration form and present it to your instructor.





Covid-19 safety measures

We have put in place Covid-19 safety measures for the driving test which must be followed or your appointment will not go ahead. Know more>

Driving test waiting times

Currently we are pritorising essential workers.

Please note that our customer service agents cannot manage driving test appointments over the phone or prioritise anyone’s position in the waiting list queue, so we kindly ask you not call for this information. Driving tests should be managed directly through our customer portal


When will I get a test appointment?

Under current restrictions, we must prioritise essential workers however, from the 24 May 2021, we will start inviting a limited number of non-essential workers to book a test. Those who are eligible to take their test and have been waiting the longest will be sent an invitation first. 

If you have already applied for a test and are waiting for an invitation, there’s no need to contact us. We will email you directly when we reach your application in the queue. Please note that we operate a fair and transparent process for scheduling tests and will not facilitate queue skipping under any circumstances.

Waiting times

Covid-19 has caused a large backlog of customers waiting for a driving test and unfortunately this means that it may be some time before we can offer you an appointment.

We are currently developing an online tool that will estimate when you can expect to be invited to book a test. This will be launched once the restrictions have been fully lifted and we can resume testing for all customers.

Appointments will be prioritised based on eligibility

Once the testing restrictions have been lifted, we will be able to start inviting more candidates from the waiting list to book a test.

At that time, appointment slots will be offered in the following order of criteria:

    1. Covid-19 cancellations – anyone who was due to take a test but had to cancel because of Covid-19 restrictions will be given priority (provided they were eligible to take the test at the time).
    2.  Eligibility – you must be qualified to take the test. You cannot sit the test until you have held your first learner permit for at least 6 months and completed all of your driver training - that is, EDT for cars or IBT for motorbikes.
    3. Application date – the earlier you applied, the sooner you will get an invitation to book a test, provided you were eligible at the time.

I had to cancel my test because of Covid-19 restrictions. Will I lose my place in the queue?

No. If you had to cancel your test due to Covid-19 symptoms, don’t worry, you have been placed on a priority list and your fee has been saved.

What are you doing to reduce the waiting times?

We are taking steps to increase the number of driving tests we can deliver. We have hired 40 additional driver testers and are looking at extended opening hours. This will help to reduce the backlog and shorten waiting times. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding.

What do I need to do next?

If you have already applied for a driving test and are on the waiting list, no further action is needed. We will contact you directly once we reach your application and at that point you will be invited to book a test.

If you have not yet applied for a test, please sign up or log into our customer portal You can register on our portal using your verified MyGovID or authenticate your details with the RSA. The video below will show you how. If you have any difficulties registering, please see our MyRoadSafety FAQs

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone TBC
Ballina TBC
Birr TBC
Buncrana TBC
Carlow TBC
Carrick-On-Shannon TBC
Castlebar TBC
Cavan TBC
Clifden TBC
Clonmel TBC
Cork TBC
Cork Midleton TBC
Donegal TBC
Dun Laoghaire TBC
Dundalk TBC
Dungarvan TBC
Ennis TBC
Finglas TBC
Galway TBC
Galway TBC
Gorey TBC
Kilkenny TBC
Killarney TBC
Kilrush TBC
Letterkenny TBC
Limerick TBC
Limerick - Woodview TBC
Longford TBC
Loughrea TBC
Mallow TBC
Monaghan TBC
Mulhuddart TBC
Mullingar TBC
Naas 3 TBC
Navan TBC
Nenagh TBC
Newcastle West TBC
Portlaoise TBC
Raheny TBC
Roscommon TBC
Shannon TBC
Skibbereen TBC
Sligo TBC
Tallaght TBC
Thurles TBC
Tipperary TBC
Tralee TBC
Tuam TBC
Tullamore TBC
Waterford TBC
Wexford TBC
Wicklow TBC

Updated 29 April 2021