Get a trainee driving instructor licence

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.

Example

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.

  1. Step 1 Check if you can become an instructor

  2. Step 2 Apply to become a driving instructor

    You must get a new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to start your application, even if you already have one.

    1. Get a DBS check £6
    2. Start your application
  3. Step 3 Get a trainer

    Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the 3 qualifying tests.

    1. Find driving instructor training courses
  4. Step 4 Take the theory test (ADI part 1)

    1. Revise and practise for your test
    2. What you need for your test
    3. Find a theory test centre
    4. Book your test £81

    Once you've passed the theory test, you must pass the other parts of the test within 2 years or you'll have to start the whole process again.

  5. Step 5 Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)

  6. Step 6 Get practice teaching

    If you’ve passed ADI part 2 you have the option to apply for a 6 month trainee licence to get experience teaching students.

    1. Find out about trainee instructor licences
    2. Apply for a trainee instructor licence £140
  7. Step 7 Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)

  8. Step 8 Register and start working as an instructor

    Once you've passed the tests you must register within 12 months.

    1. Register for your first ADI certificate £300

    When you have your certificate you can start charging for lessons. You can either:

    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.

    1. Find out about ADI standards checks
    2. Renew your registration £300
    3. Improve your skills as an instructor