The Road Safety Authority says it will be making online theory tests available to all drivers later this month.
Over 100 thousand people are now waiting to sit the test after centres had to close during the Level 5 lockdown.
At the moment, online assessments are only available to people who are sitting exams to get a learner permit for a bus or a truck.
"We hope to have a monthly output of about 4000 tests [...] but it won't be until later in the year that we can really accommodate significant numbers of online theory tests," says RSA Spokesperson Brian Farrell.
Farrell went on to say that the backlog would not be cleared until theory test centres could be reopened.