dsa requirements to become a driving instructor

When applying to become a driving instructor, you must fulfill the following legal requirements:

hold a full UK or European Union (EU/European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted car driving licence
have held it for a total of at least four out of the past six years prior to entering the Register after qualifying
not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years prior to being entered in the Register
be a "fit and proper" person to have your name entered in the Register. All convictions, motoring and non-motoring, will be taken into account when the DSA assess your suitability to be entered on the Register. You will be required to have an enhanced level criminal record check. The information from this check will be used by the DSA to assess the suitability of persons applying for inclusion on the Register of Approved Driving Instructors. To help you decide if any conviction you may have could affect any application you might make, you can find the link to the DSA's statement on the suitability of ex-offenders below.
Pass the two qualifying practical examinations within two years of passing the theory examination

Apply for registration within 12 months of passing the final part of the examination.

Suitability policy statement

APPLYING TO become a driving instructor

If you decide to embark on this career, your first step to becoming a Potential Driving Instructor is to apply online using the link below

Driving Instructor Training - Edinburgh - Glasgow - Dundee - Aberdeen - Inverness

Apply to become a Driving Instructor online

or by completing the application form enclosed in the starter pack. You can use the links below to download an application form and a copy of the Notes for Guidance.

Download an ADI3 application form

ADI 3 online notes for guidance