Driving and motorcycle instructors – guidance

Reuse DVSA learning materials

How to get permission from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to reuse its learning materials and the rules you must follow.

About DVSA learning materials

DVSA encourages licensed reuse of its learning materials. You need a licence from DVSA to use its:

  • theory test revision question banks
  • simulated hazard perception test clips
  • photographs, images and graphics
  • other intellectual property

Types of licence you can get

There are 5 different types of licence that you can get:

  • royalty-based
  • royalty-based translation
  • education or research
  • British Sign Language
  • memorandum of understanding

The type of licence you’ll need will depend on how you want to reuse DVSA’s learning materials.

Royalty-based

A royalty-based licence lets you reuse DVSA’s learning materials in an English-language product you plan to make and sell. It lasts for 3 years, but you can renew it.

You must pay DVSA royalties for every 3 months. Royalties are typically 13% of net sales revenue (licensee income after tax) made from your products which are typically (but not exclusively) web-based or downloadable mobile phone applications, CDs, DVDs or books. Sales can also include revenue from subscriptions.

Sample terms: DVSA Crown copyright licence

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Royalty-based translation

You need this licence for commercial products resulting from your translation of DVSA learning materials into a language other than English. A product might also include elements such as learning English for theory and driving tests, if you wish to include this.

You can promote your translated products made under the licence free of charge on the Safe Driving for Life website.

Sample terms: DVSA translation licence

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Education or research

You need this licence to use licensed materials for educational or research purposes if you’re:

  • an educational establishment and you don’t charge pupils for access to the material and there’s no commercial gain
  • doing a research project or coursework and want to use its licensed material

You must confirm that the finished work is not copied, sold, published electronically or made available for sale.

British Sign Language

You need this licence if you want to translate DVSA’s material for the deaf or hard of hearing. You can produce and sell any type of product and don’t have to pay DVSA royalties on your sales.

Memorandum of understanding

You need a memorandum of understanding to reuse crown copyright material if you’re a non-UK government or other UK government department.

Apply for a licence

Fill in the licence application form if you want to apply for a licence.

Reuse theory test revision questions

DVSA does not publish the actual multiple-choice questions and answers used in the theory test, but you can reuse the DVSA theory test revision questions.

You can get revision questions for these test types:

  • car
  • motorcycle
  • large goods vehicle (LGV) and passenger carrying vehicle (PCV)
  • approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1

You can get the questions as either:

Number of test types PDF FileMaker Pro (without VAT)
1 Free £250
2 Free £425
3 Free £566
4 Free £715

You can buy FileMaker Pro CDs from DVSA by:

  • telephone 0115 936 6123 and pay securely by MasterCard, Visa, Delta and UK Electron, for immediate product despatch
  • email to crowncopyright@dsa.gsi.gov.uk to request an official invoice

Knowledge and understanding text

DVSA theory test revision question banks include ‘knowledge and understanding text’ which:

  • explains the context of a question
  • must be included with every question in your product
  • adds value to your product

Reuse hazard perception clips

You can get DVSA simulated hazard perception test clips. These clips aren’t used in the actual test, but look very similar.

DVSA offers:

  • 16 filmed video clips
  • 10 computer-generated imagery (CGI) clips

The DVD with the CGI clips also contains:

  • introductory video explaining how to use the clips
  • scoring window time frames

The CGI clips and the video clips all show potential hazards and hazards that develop into a situation that would make the user respond by changing speed or direction.

Clip details

Disc files - type Number of clips Price (without VAT)
CGI (MPEG-4) 10 £500
Video (MPEG-2) 8 (clips 1 to 8) £150
Video (MPEG-2) 8 (clips 9 to 16) £150
CGI and video 26 (10 CGI and 16 video clips) £600

You can buy hazard perception clips by:

  • telephone 0115 936 6123 and pay securely by MasterCard, Visa, Delta and UK Electron, for immediate product despatch
  • email to crowncopyright@dsa.gsi.gov.uk to request an official invoice

Reuse images and photography

DVSA has an image library on Flickr.

Press and media can get permission to reuse images for press purposes by sending an email to crowncopyright@dsa.gsi.gov.uk.

More extensive use of DVSA’s images is allowed by agreeing an image bank licence agreement. The cost per image is:

  • £100 plus VAT for up to 14 images
  • £75 plus VAT for 15 images and above

Form: request for images

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Reuse The Highway Code

You can reuse The Highway Code on GOV.UK without asking for permission, but you need to follow the Open Government Licence.

How DVSA protects its copyrighted material

DVSA protects its material against unlicensed use and constantly monitors the use of its material. It will:

  • pursue any case where material has been used without its permission
  • take any necessary legal action in order to protect Crown copyright

You can report infringements to DVSA.

DVSA Crown Copyright

Intellectual Property Department
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street

Nottingham
NG1 6LP

Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

How DVSA trades fairly

The Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 (PSI) established a framework for making the reuse of information held by public bodies easier. PSI Regulations set out the rules that public sector bodies should follow when providing documents for reuse.

DVSA has a delegation of authority from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office which enables it to license reuse of Crown copyright material the DVSA produces.

DVSA is also accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) by the Office of Public Sector Information and the DVSA Chief Executive has made a commitment to information fair trading. IFTS sets out the standard for public sector bodies and encourages reuse of copyright material, fairness and transparency.

DVSA Chief Executive commitment to information fair trading

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Complain about how DVSA trades

You should email the DVSA Intellectual Property Team if you’re unhappy and don’t feel DVSA has followed the principles set out by the IFTS or the rules in the PSI regulations: crowncopyright@dsa.gsi.gov.uk

If you can’t settle matters through DVSA’s complaints procedure complain to The Office of Public Sector Information which operates the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS).