Carrying out driving instructor tests and checks: examiner guidance

The guidance that driving examiners follow when carrying out driving instructor tests and standards checks in Great Britain.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales


Guidance for driving examiners carrying out instructor tests

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The guidance sets out how driving examiners carry out the following types of instructor tests and inspections:

  • approved driving instructor practical tests
  • standards checks
  • fleet driver trainer practical tests

It also sets out:

  • general advice and legal matters
  • staff management advice
  • responsibilities for protecting data

The guidance about official register of driving instructor training (ORDIT) inspections in this guide is out of date. It will be updated soon. There is separate guidance about how driving examiners now carry out ORDIT assessments.

Published 7 April 2014
Last updated 23 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated sections 2.3, 4.20, 6.10, 10.6, 10.8, 10.24 and 11.2. Made changes to terminology throughout the guide. The change table in the document gives the full details of the changes.

  2. Updated sections 2.4, 3.9, 3.17, 3.43, 4.7 and 4.50. The change table in the document gives the full details of the changes.

  3. Updated chapters 4, 7 and 8 - the full details of the changes are in the amendments table in the document.

  4. Removed the driving examiner guidance used until 22 December 2017.

  5. Added a version of the guidance that will apply from 23 December 2017 when the ADI part 2 and ADI part 3 tests change.

  6. Added 'How an ADI can request a Welsh-speaking examiner'.

  7. Updated ADI1 by removing reference to appealing against a standard check decision following a recent ruling.

  8. Updated ADI1 with 2 main changes. 'Any candidate may take the part 2 test in an automatic vehicle' and 'People with a disability who hold a restricted driving licence are no longer required to take an emergency control assessment (ECA)'.

  9. Updated ADI1 with details of changes to driving licence counterpart.

  10. Updated 'ADI1 standard operating procedure'.

  11. First published.