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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  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 £6
    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