1. Overview

You can apply for a trainee driving instructor licence after you pass the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test.

A trainee licence:

  • helps you get experience instructing pupils to drive so you can prepare for the ADI part 3 test
  • allows you to get paid for giving instruction
  • lasts for 6 months

Who can apply

You can apply for a trainee licence if you:

  • have passed your ADI part 1 test in the last 2 years
  • have passed the ADI part 2 test
  • have had at least 40 hours of training from a qualified ADI in providing driving instruction, recorded on the ADI 21T declaration form
  • are eligible to take the ADI part 3 test

Being refused a trainee licence

You can appeal to the transport tribunal if you’re refused a trainee licence.

The rules and process for getting a trainee licence are different in Northern Ireland.