In order to begin training to become a driving instructor you must meet a certain criteria as set by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, (DVSA).

You must:

– Be at least 21 years old
– Have held a full driving licence for at least 3 years.

If you meet the above criteria then you can start the process of becoming a driving instructor.

Criminal Record Check

First of all you will need to have a criminal record check. You must apply for one even if you hold one already. There are two ways to do this.


You can apply online by clicking here

After filling out your online application you must prove your identity. This can be done at a post office that offers the ‘CRB and ID verification’ service and will cost £6. You must provide 3 original forms of identification, these could be:

– Your driving licence
– Your passport
– A utility bill that is less than 3 months old
– A bank statement that is less than 3 months old

These documents must be originals, copies will not be accepted. You must also bring out your printed application, the page with the barcodes on.


To apply by post you need to fill out this form and a postal application will be sent to you within 5 working days.

DVSA Online CRB Team, GBGroup, 1 Wilford Business Park, Ruddington Lane, Nottingham, NG11 7EP

For postal applications checks via the post office checking service, the price will be *£8.50 or for applications sent to the GBGroup, the cost is *£11.80.
*Prices may be subject to change.

ADI Qualifying Process

Once you have received your criminal records check, you can start the application process to become a driving instructor. To apply you must have:

– Your driving licence number
– Any details of driving disqualifications, motoring or non motoring offences
– Any information of court cases that are being brought against you.

Follow this link to apply

Motoring Offences and Convictions

You may have your application refused if the ADI registrar feels you’re not suitable to become a driving instructor, you have motoring offences or a criminal conviction which hinders working one to one with members of the public.

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