Renew or update your registration
You’re responsible for keeping your approved driving instructor (ADI) registration up to date.
You must display your registration in the passenger-side edge of the front windscreen of your car when you give driving lessons.
You can be prosecuted for using an invalid ADI badge or one that’s not yours.
Renew your registration
Get a criminal records check. You must do this before you renew your registration - it normally takes around 3 months but can sometimes take longer.
Renew your ADI registration. You must do this every 4 years.
Change of name or contact details
You must update your ADI registration within 7 days if you change your name or address.
Step 1 Check if you can become an instructor
Step 2 Apply to become a driving instructor
Step 3 Get a trainer
Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the 3 qualifying tests.
Step 4 Take the theory test (ADI part 1)
Step 5 Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)
Step 6 Get practice teaching
Step 7 Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)
Step 8 Register and start working as an instructor
Once you've passed the tests you must register within 12 months.
When you have your certificate you can start charging for lessons. You can either:
- join a driving school
- set up your own business
You'll have at least one standards check every 4 years. You also need to renew your registration and get a new DBS check every 4 years.