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how do i become an ADI?

Qualifying Process to becoming an adi

The following is a step by step process to becoming a driving instructor.  Once you have passed your theory test, you must complete the remaining two stages within two years of passing your part one theory test.  For more details information on becoming a driving instructor, please visit the DVSA (www.Gov.UK) website for further details, or click this link: 






  • You need to 21 years of age or over

  • You need to have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years - ideally this license should have no points, as this is a serious career choice  and your driving history should reflect this




  • 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)

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