Book your instructor theory test

Book, change or cancel your:

  • approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 theory test
  • Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) enhanced rider scheme trainer theory test

It costs:

  • £81 for an ADI part 1 test
  • £66 for a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer theory test

There’s a different process to book your ADI part 1 test in Northern Ireland.

Wearing a face covering at your test

In England, you can choose whether or not to wear a face covering at your test.

In Scotland and Wales, you must wear a face covering at your test. If you do not wear one, you must have a good reason, for example:

  • you have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
  • wearing it would cause you severe distress

Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason.

If you cannot wear a face covering in Scotland or Wales

You must call to book your test and say why you cannot wear a face covering. If you do not, and you come to your test without a face covering, your test will be cancelled.

You may not be able to take your test at the test centre of your choice.

DVSA theory test enquiries
theorycustomerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges

Book online

You need your:

  • UK driving licence number
  • personal reference number from DVSA
  • email address - you have to book by phone if you do not have one
  • credit or debit card

Start now on the theory test booking service

What you need to know

If you need help booking your theory test, contact DVSA.

DVSA theory test enquiries
theorycustomerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
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. You are currently viewing: 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