DVSA special tests for instructors

You can take the voluntary Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) special test if you’re an approved driving instructor (ADI) or a fully qualified motorcycle instructor.

The DVSA special test will test your skills to the highest standard.

Taking the DVSA special test shows your commitment to continuing professional development.

Who can take the test

You can take the test if you’re one of the following types of fully qualified instructor:

  • an ADI
  • a Cardington assessed compulsory basic training (CBT) instructor
  • a direct access scheme trainer
  • a register of post-test motorcycle trainer

You cannot take the DVSA special test if you’re a down-trained CBT instructor.

Where you can take the test

You can only take the test at the DVSA training and development centre in Cardington.

DVSA
Harrowden Lane
Cardington
Bedford
MK44 3EQ

There is signposting to the DVSA training and development centre from Harrowden Lane.

Booking the test

To book the special test download the appropriate application form and send it to DVSA.

You’ll need to include the fee of:

  • £144 for the ADI test
  • £163 for the motorcycle instructor test


DVSA
PO Box 280
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
NE99 1FP

What to bring to your test

You should bring your:

  • driving licence
  • ADI certificate or original motorcycle instructor certificate

You must also bring either:

  • a manual or automatic car - you can use an adapted car if you have a disability
  • a motorcycle with manual transmission and a power output of at least 35 kilowatts

What happens when you take the test

The test lasts up to 1 hour 30 minutes. It includes:

  • an eyesight check
  • general driving or riding
  • manoeuvres

Your test result

You’ll get a grade from A to D for each skill you’re tested on. You’ll also get one of the following as an overall grade:

  • gold
  • silver
  • bronze
  • fail

You’ll be given feedback on any faults you’ve made.