What to take to your test
You must take your UK photocard driving licence to your test.
If you have a licence from Northern Ireland, bring the photocard and paper counterpart licence.
Your test will be cancelled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.
Lost your licence
You need to apply for a replacement driving licence if you lose yours. This could take up to 15 days to arrive.
Rearrange your test if you don’t get it in time.
If you have a paper licence
Bring a valid passport as well as your paper licence.
If you don’t have a passport, you need to get a photocard licence.
You can’t take personal items into the test room with you. This includes things like:
- mobile phones
You have to store any personal items in a locker.
The test centre staff will check if you have anything with you that could be used to cheat. Your test won’t go ahead if you don’t let them check.
It’s illegal to cheat at the theory test. You can be sent to prison and banned from driving.
Step 1 Check if you can become an instructor
Step 2 Apply to become a driving instructor
Step 3 Get a trainer
Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the 3 qualifying tests.
Step 4 Take the theory test (ADI part 1)
- Revise and practise for your test
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- Find a theory test centre
- Book your test £81
Once you've passed the theory test, you must pass the other parts of the test within 2 years or you'll have to start the whole process again.
Step 5 Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)
Step 6 Get practice teaching
Step 7 Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)
Step 8 Register and start working as an instructor
Once you've passed the tests you must register within 12 months.
When you have your certificate you can start charging for lessons. You can either:
- join a driving school
- set up your own business
You'll have at least one standards check every 4 years. You also need to renew your registration and get a new DBS check every 4 years.