The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has said it hopes to clear the backlog in driving tests before the end of this year.
Around 120,000 learners are waiting to take their driver theory test and 62,000 are waiting for a driving test.
Until a few weeks ago, only essential workers could get lessons and driving instructors still have to turn away customers because of the level of demand.
There is also the issue of customers who cannot start lessons as they are still waiting to sit their theory tests.
The RSA has said it is taking measures to clear the backlog and cut waiting times.
It has increased its capacity for theory tests to 25,000 per month and plans a further increase to 50,000 per month when it secures permission from Government.
It is also offering 4,000 theory tests online on a pilot basis and may expand this scheme.