Take the DVSA special tests for instructors
Take the voluntary Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) special test if you’re an approved driving instructor or a fully qualified motorcycle instructor.
Applies to England, Scotland and Wales
You can take the voluntary 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.
DVSA has temporarily suspended special tests. You cannot currently apply to take a special test.
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 DVSA-assessed compulsory basic training (CBT) instructor
- a direct access scheme (DAS) trainer
- a DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer
You cannot take the DVSA special test if you’re a down-trained CBT instructor.
Where you can take the test
You can take your test at DVSA sites in:
- Bishop Briggs
- Garretts Green
After you’ve applied, DVSA will email you to arrange the location you want to take your test.
Book the test
DVSA has temporarily suspended special tests. You cannot currently apply to take a special test. Sign up for email alerts to be told when you can apply again.
When you can apply it costs:
- £144 for the ADI test
- £163 for the motorcycle instructor test
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
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:
You’ll be given feedback on any faults you’ve made.