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
Warning This service will be unavailable from 7pm on Wednesday 8 September to 3am on Thursday 9 September.

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 £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. 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