Taking driving lessons
Anyone you pay to teach you to drive must be either:
- a qualified and approved driving instructor (ADI)
- a trainee driving instructor
There are different rules in Northern Ireland for choosing an instructor.
Instructors set their own prices for driving lessons - there’s no minimum or maximum cost.
Check your instructor’s badge
Instructors have to display a badge in their windscreen to prove they’re registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). They display:
- a green badge if they’re a qualified driving instructor
- a pink badge if they’re a trainee
You can report someone to DVSA if they charge for driving lessons and aren’t a qualified driving instructor or trainee.
There’s no minimum number of lessons you must have or hours you must practise driving.
How many lessons you need will depend on how quickly you learn. You can download a form to record your progress with your instructor.
You can complain about a driving instructor if you’re not happy with their service or behaviour.
Step 1 Check you're allowed to drive
Step 2 Get a provisional licence
Step 3 Driving lessons and practice
and Prepare for your theory test
Step 4 Book and manage your theory test
Step 5 Book and manage your driving test
Step 6 When you pass
You can start driving as soon as you pass your driving test.
You must have an insurance policy that allows you to drive without supervision.