Trainee Driving Licence

You can apply for a trainee driving instructor licence after you pass the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test.

With Prime Driving School a trainee licence:

  • Helps you get experience instructing pupils to drive so you can prepare for the ADI part 3 test
  • Allows you to get paid for giving instruction so that you can earn whilst you learn
  • Lasts for 6 months

Who can apply

You can apply for a trainee licence if you:

  • Have passed your ADI part 1 test in the last 2 years
  • Have passed the ADI part 2 test
  • Have had at least 40 hours of training from our qualified ADI in providing driving instruction, recorded on the ADI 21T declaration form
  • Are eligible to take the ADI part 3 test

Extra training

Whilst you are on a trainee licence you have to do at least 20 hours of extra training in the topics in the training programme.

You must both:

  • Do the training before you book the ADI part 3 test
  • Book the test within 3 months of getting your trainee licence

At least 25% of the training must be practical in-car training.

The training must be recorded on the instructor training declaration form.

You must send the form to DVSA before the end of the 3 months, or the day after you book your ADI part 3 test, whichever comes first to;

Approved Driving Instructor Registrar
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LP

Prime Driving School will assist, organise and submit all the required paperwork and carry out all of the administration for you whilst you are teaching on a trainee licence.


If you fail the ADI part 3 test or you don't book it in time

If you fail the test, you must do 5 hours of extra training before your next attempt.

You have 3 attempts to pass the test and if you fail your third and final attempt then you will need to wait 2 years from the date that you passed the Part1 test and start the whole process again starting with a new CRB check.

If you don't book the test within 3 months of getting your licence, you must take 5 hours of extra training before you book the test.

Each time you do 5 hours of extra training, record it on a new instructor training declaration form.


Rules for using your trainee licence

You must:

  • Be a 'fit and proper' person
  • Get the required amount of supervision or extra training while your licence is still valid
  • Make sure your advertising doesn't make it seem like you're a fully qualified instructor

Displaying your licence

You must display your trainee licence on the nearside edge of the front windscreen of your car while you give driving lessons.


Where you work

Your trainee licence shows the name and address of your training establishment. You can only give instruction from there, so you can't work independently, e.g. by setting up your own school.


Changing your driving school

You must apply for a new trainee licence if you leave a driving school and join a new one. There's no fee for doing this. Prime Driving School will assist, organise and submit all the required paperwork and carry out all of the administration when you change schools whilst on a trainee licence.

DVSA will send you a new licence showing the details of your new school. You should send your old licence to DVSA as soon as you get the new one.

You can still give driving lessons while you wait for your new licence.

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