Qualifying Process

The following is an overview of the process to become a driving instructor.

Qualifying ProcessPlease visit the DVSA (Gov.UK) website for further details:


  • Be 21 years or over
  • Held a full driving licence for at least 3 years


  • Obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service check to become a driving instructor
  • Register with DVSA online

Part One Theory Test

  • Prepare for the multi-choice question and hazard perception tests
  • Apply for and take the theory test (fee £81)
  • Qualification must be completed within 2 years of passing Part One

Part Two Driving Test

  • Prepare for the Part Two advanced driving test
  • Apply for and take the one-hour test (fee £111)

Part Three Instructing Test

  • Prepare for the Part Three instructing test (Standards Check)
  • Gain practical experience teaching on a Trainee Licence* (optional but recommended)

Trainee Licence* - to gain practical experience:

  • Minimum of 40 hours instructing training to be completed first
  • Apply for a Trainee Licence (lasts 6 months, fee £140)
  • Attached to a driving school throughout the 6 months
  • Extra 20 hours of instructing training needed within the first 3 months
  • Apply for and take the one-hour Part Three test (fee £111)

Apply for the full ADI licence – lasts 4 years (fee £300)