Report an illegal driving instructor

It’s illegal for someone to charge for driving lessons if they aren’t qualified and registered - you can report them to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The only people who can charge a fee to give driving lessons are:

  • approved driving instructors - they must display a green badge in their windscreen
  • trainee driving instructors with a licence - they must display a pink badge in their windscreen

To report someone who you think is an illegal driving instructor, email or phone DVSA.

DVSA counter-fraud and integrity team
cfi@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 123 3248
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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  1. Step 1 Check you're allowed to drive

    Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.

    1. Check what age you can drive
    2. Requirements for driving legally
    3. Driving eyesight rules
  2. Step 2 Get a provisional licence

  3. Step 3 Driving lessons and practice

  4. and Prepare for your theory test

  5. Step 4 Book and manage your theory test

  6. Step 5 Book and manage your driving test

  7. 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.

    1. Find out about Pass Plus training courses