Becoming a driving instructor with VOSA

There are certain people in the world that would like to be driving instructors. This short guide will explain the various requirements that you must fulfil in order to become a registered driving instructor. If you have any questions about the application process, you can call the Prove I Called VOSA Contact Number.

What requirements are there to become an approved driving instructor?

To become a driving instructor, you must be aged 21 or over. You must also have had a full driving licence for at least three years. You must also include a current criminal record check for driving instructors. Your application should be made through the DVSA. Penalty points and driving disqualifications can affect your application.

You will not be able to apply to be an instructor if your licence only covers the use of automatic cars. The one exception is if you are limited to automatic cars because of a disability. If this is the case, you may be able to apply to become an instructor.

Are there any tests that must be passed before I can become an instructor?

There are three qualifying ADI (Approved driving instructor) tests that must be passed before you can be approved. Each of these tests comes with a testing fee, £81 for the first and £111 for each of the second and third tests.

Following your successful completion of these tests, there are further fees to pay. Your first ADI certificate costs £300, with each subsequent renewal costing £300. A trainee driving instructor licence will cost £140. Fees will differ if you are applying in Northern Ireland.

What can I do if I have been suspended?

There are a number of reasons that approved instructors may be suspended. If the DVSA believe you to be a threat to public safety, you will be suspended. This can be because of a criminal conviction or poor driving safety advice given to your students.

You can appeal to a judicial review if you believe the ADI registrar has made a mistake. However, bear in mind that the review does not consider whether the decision was correct, rather they check that the correct procedures have been followed.