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
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
1 Wilford Business Park
For postal applications checks via the post office checking service, the price will be £8.50.
For applications sent to the GBGroup, the cost is £11.80.
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.
You may have your application refused if the ADI registrar feels you’re not suitable to become a driving instructor. Or for any of the following reasons:
You have been banned from driving
You have 6 or more points on your licence
You have any convictions for non motoring offenses
Your application is likely to be declined if you have any of the following:
You have been convicted of a violent, sexual, financial or drug related crime.
You have been banned from working with children.
You will need to undertake training with a qualified instructor to be able to pass your exams. You can find out more about the Bill Plant training package by following this link
There are 3 parts to becoming an ADI.
The approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 test is a theory test. The Test takes around 1 hour 45 minutes and includes:
Multiple Choice Questions
You’ll be asked 100 questions in total, 25 in each of the following categories:
traffic signs and signals, car control, pedestrians and mechanical knowledge
driving test, disabilities, and the law
publications and instructional techniques
First you will be shown a video clip saying how the test will work. It’s similar to the learner hazard perception test that you can practise here:
You will then be shown 14 videos that show everyday road scenes. 13 of these clips will have 1 hazard and 1 clip will have 2 hazards.
You can get up to 5 points per hazard so there is a maximum of 75 points available, you need 57 points to pass.
You must pass both parts at the same time to pass the Part 1 exam. There is no limit in how many times you can take the test.
If you choose to train with Bill Plant we will give you all the materials you will need, along with online and telephone mentoring to help with your studies.
Once you pass your part 1 exam you will then have 2 years to qualify as an ADI. If you take more than 2 years you will need to take part 1 again.
The part 2 test takes around 1 hour and consists of the following
An eyesight test
You will need to read a number plate from a distance of 26.5 metres for new-style number plate and 27.5 metres for the old-style. You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.
Vehicle Safety Questions
During this part of your test you will be asked 5 vehicle safety questions. This will consist of:
3 ‘Show Me’ questions
2 ‘Tell Me’ Questions
You will need to ‘Show’ the examiner and ‘Tell’ the examiner accordingly how to carry out the vehicle checks. You will receive a minor fault for any questions you get wrong and a serious fault if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly.
This test is similar to the current driving test for learner drivers. Where possible, you will be driving in various road conditions, including Motorways, dual carriageways and different traffic conditions. You will need to be able to demonstrate to the examiner, the following
Expert handling of the controls
Being able to anticipate what other road users are doing and take appropriate actions.
Correct road procedures
Being able to judge speed, distance and timing
Environmentally friendly driving
Consideration and convenience of other road users
As with the learner driver test you must show you are able do manoeuvres. Unlike the learner test, these are much more extensive, you must be able to carry out all of the following:
Turn in the road
Overtake, meet or cross the path of other vehicles.
Turn left and right at corners
Move off straight ahead or at an angle
Reverse and enter limited openings to the left and right
As well as the above you will need to show that you can drive independently. This will be roughly a ten-minute drive where you will either follow traffic signs, a series of directions before you set off or a combination of both.
On occasion an examiners supervisor will be present at the test. They will not be looking at you or have any impact on your results. They are there to watch the examiners performance.
After completion of parts 1 and 2, you will then be able to take your part 3 test. Currently this costs £111.
The hour test includes an assessment of:
Your instructional techniques
The examiner will test this by role playing difference characters.
Apply for Badge
Once you have passed your exams you can apply for your ADI (Approved driving instructor) Badge. The cost of this is £300 and you will need to pay by debit or credit card. The online service for this is open 6am – 11:30pm.
The following information is taken from the Gov website.
Photocard driving licence
If you have a photocard driving licence you’ll need:
your online user ID from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
your driving licence number (if you’re giving DVSA permission to use your photocard photo)
Paper driving licence
If you have an old-style paper driving licence you’ll also need:
to print the final screen and send it to DVSA
passport-sized photo with your ADI personal reference number written on the back
Your user ID and password
Your user ID can be found on all letters sent to you by DVSA. It’s not the same as your ADI personal reference number.
Email DVSA if you’ve never had, or have lost, your user ID. You must include your:
driving licence number
Date of birth
If you would like to know anything about training with Bill Plant please visit our Driving Instructor Training page or by calling us on 0330 555 2254.