Book your ADI standards check

You’ll get a letter from DVSA when you need to book your approved driving instructor (ADI) standards check.

You can book a standards check online. It does not cost anything.

You’ll need your:

  • driving licence number
  • ADI personal reference number

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Get help to book

Contact DVSA if you need help booking your standards check.

What happens next

A DVSA examiner will call to ask if you want to schedule a 30-minute phone call before your standards check.

During the 30-minute call, the examiner will talk to you about:

  • how your pupils perform when they take driving tests
  • where you can get support or find more information
  • what will happen when you take your standards check

Change your test time or check the details

Contact DVSA if you cannot go to your standards check. This includes if you cannot or do not want to attend because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can also ask DVSA to confirm any test details.

ADI standards check booking team
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges

  1. Step 1 Check if you can become an instructor

  2. Step 2 Apply to become a driving instructor

    You must get a new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to start your application, even if you already have one.

    1. Get a DBS check £8.22
    2. Start your application
  3. Step 3 Get a trainer

    Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the 3 qualifying tests.

    1. Find driving instructor training courses
  4. Step 4 Take the theory test (ADI part 1)

    1. Revise and practise for your test
    2. What you need for your test
    3. Find a theory test centre
    4. 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.

  5. Step 5 Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)

  6. Step 6 Get practice teaching

    If you’ve passed ADI part 2 you have the option to apply for a 6 month trainee licence to get experience teaching students.

    1. Find out about trainee instructor licences
    2. Apply for a trainee instructor licence £140
  7. Step 7 Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)

  8. Step 8 Register and start working as an instructor

    Once you've passed the tests you must register within 12 months.

    1. Register for your first ADI certificate £300

    When you have your certificate you can start charging for lessons. You can either:

    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.

    1. Find out about ADI standards checks
    2. Renew your registration £300
    3. Improve your skills as an instructor