Get a criminal record check if you’re applying to become an approved driving instructor (ADI) for the first time. You can’t use this service if you’re already an ADI wanting to renew your registration.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have merged to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

What you need to know

Start now on the TMG CRB website

You should only apply for your criminal record check if you’ve been told to by the become a driving instructor tool or the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

You’ll need:

  • the organisation PIN of ‘105205
  • the ‘secret word’ which is ‘axis
  • the organisation name of ‘DSA - PDI (PO)

Proving your identity

When you’ve finished the online application, you must give proof of your identity. You can do this using either the Post Office ID checking service or by sending documents to TMG CRB by post using the address below.

Post Office ID checking service

To use the Post Office ID checking service, download the checking form and take it, with the right documents, to your local Post Office offering the ‘CRB & ID verification service’.

The service costs £7.15.

Postal check

To use the postal check service, you’ll have to send your original ID documents and a pre-paid special delivery envelope to TMG CRB by special delivery.

The total cost is £11.80.

DVSA Online CRB Team
TMG CRB
1 Wilford Business Park
Ruddington Lane
Nottingham
NG11 7EP

There’s a different process to get your criminal record check if you’re applying to become an ADI in Northern Ireland.

  • Takes around 15 minutes
  • Proof of identification required
  • Includes offline steps
  • Not available in Northern Ireland

Apply by post

You can apply for your criminal record check by post by filling in the criminal record check application pack request.

You’ll get your application pack within 5 working days.

Get started on the TMG CRB website

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