Approved driving instructor (ADI) standards check

What to take to your standards check

You must take:

  • your approved driving instructor (ADI) registration certificate
  • a car that meets the requirements
  • a pupil

Your pupil can’t be an ADI or someone who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test. They can be a learner or a full licence holder.

Car requirements

The car you use for your standards check must:

  • be roadworthy, safe and reliable, ie it’s less than 3 years old or has a valid MOT certificate
  • have working rear seat belts
  • be fitted with L plates (or D plates in Wales) if your pupil is a learner

You can’t use:

  • a soft-top convertible
  • a car with a 2+2 seating arrangement rather than full-size rear seats

Your standards check will be cancelled if your car doesn’t meet the requirements. Another appointment will be booked for you.

You can be removed from the ADI register if you keep bringing a car that doesn’t meet the requirements.

Bad weather

You should call the standards check bookings team as soon as you can on the day of your standards check if there’s bad weather. Ask to speak to the ADI examiner.

If nobody answers the phone, and the conditions in your area aren’t looking too bad, it’s likely that the examiners are:

  • checking the local roads to see if driving tests can go ahead
  • taking driving tests because the conditions are suitable

However, this isn’t a guarantee that your standards check will go ahead.

You should tell the standards check bookings team if your check is cancelled - they’ll make a new appointment.

ADI standards check booking team
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
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