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.
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.
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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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.