When your trainee licence runs out
Your trainee licence lasts for 6 months. When it runs out you must stop being paid for giving driving lessons.
Getting another licence
You can apply for another trainee licence, but you’ll need to pay the fee again.
You can’t be paid for giving driving lessons when you don’t have a valid trainee licence.
You’re more likely to get another licence if you told DVSA you had stopped using the first, eg because of a period of illness.
It’s unlikely that you’ll get another licence just to give you more time to pass the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test.
It’s unlikely you’ll get another trainee licence if you already have a full-time job and you can only practise using your licence in the evenings and at weekends.
You can appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber if you’re not given another licence.
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.