What to take to your test
You must bring:
- your UK driving licence
- a suitable car
- a pupil
You should also bring a log of the training you’ve been doing to qualify as an approved driving instructor (ADI).
Your test will be cancelled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.
Your driving licence
You need to apply for a replacement driving licence if you lose yours before your test. This could take up to 15 days to arrive.
Rearrange your test if you don’t get the new licence in enough time.
If you don’t have a photocard licence
Bring a valid passport and your paper licence, or your trainee driving instructor licence (if you have one)
If you have a licence from Northern Ireland
Bring the Northern Ireland photocard and paper counterpart.
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)
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.