Driving test update


Test appointments are by invitation only

Test appointments are by invitation only so if you’re already on the driving test waiting list, no further action is needed. We’ll contact you directly when slots become available.


If you have received an invitation to book a test, need to cancel a test, or wish to join the waiting list, please go ahead and sign in to MyRoadSafety now.


Urgent Tests for essential workers

Under the current restrictions, we can only offer urgent tests to essential workers. If you’re an essential worker who has already applied for a test but need it urgently please complete this online form.


If you are not an essential worker and have an upcoming appointment scheduled, please cancel your test. Otherwise, it won’t go ahead and the slot will be lost. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you will be kept on the waiting list. We will contact you directly once the level 5 restrictions have been lifted and appointment slots are available.


Covid-19 safety measures

We have introduced new safety measures to the driving test which candidates must follow. Know more


Weather disruptions

Check if your driving test is affected by adverse weather conditions. Tests will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.

Driving test waiting times

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we can only test essential workers at this time.

When will I get a test appointment?

During level 5 Covid-19 restrictions, we can only offer test appointments to essential workers. Know more >

For anyone else on the waiting list, there is no need to contact us. As we move through Covid-19 restrictions based on Government advice, we will be contacting you directly to invite you to book a driving test.

Please note that our customer service agents cannot book tests over the phone or offer any updates on waiting times so, we kindly ask that you do not telephone our call centre for this information.

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 is planned to be ready by the end of April 2021.

Appointments will be prioritised based on eligibility

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

Appointment slots will be offered based on 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.

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 or because you are not an essential worker, 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 opened new test centres in the past year and are currently hiring additional driver testers. 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, you don’t need to do anything. We will contact you directly when appointment slots become available. 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. 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
Limerick Roxboro 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 25 February 2021