1. 1Are you already registered as a driving instructor in another EU country?


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  2. 2How old are you?

    21 or over

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  3. 3Have you had a full car driving licence for at least 3 years?


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  4. 4What type of car is your driving licence for?


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You can start applying to become an approved driving instructor (ADI)

You’re eligible to apply to become an ADI.

Check if being a driving instructor is right for you before you follow the steps to become an ADI.

Motoring offences and other convictions

Your application can be refused if you have:

  • been banned from driving
  • 5 or more penalty points
  • been convicted of any non-motoring offences

The ADI Registrar will consider whether or not you’re suitable to become a driving instructor.

Your application is unlikely to be accepted if you’ve been:

  • convicted of a sexual, violent, financial or drug-related crime
  • banned from working with children
  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