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What are the requirements to become a driving instructor?

In order for the DSA registrar to consider you eligible to be included in the list of Approved Driving Instructors, you will need to fulfill the minimum entry criteria listed below:

  • You must have held a full UK or full European Union (EU) / European Economic Area (EEA) unrestricted car driving licence for periods totalling at least 4 years out of the 6 years prior to entering the Register after qualifying. A full foreign licence will count if it is accepted under the 'Exchange Scheme'
  • You must not have been disqualified from driving at any time during the 4 years prior to being entered on the Register.
  • Be over 21 years of age.

In addition to the above requirements it is mandatory for all applicants to under go a CRB check which will look into any unlawful activity against your name. If you have any convictions which may affect your application you should contact registrars office before proceeding as these will be taken into account when assessing your suitability. If, however, your Licence has some penalty points (generally a maximum of 6) this may not necessarily affect your application.

Once you have cleared the CRB checks you will be allowed to take the first part of the qualifying examinations. There is no limitation as to the number of attempts or the length of time you may take to pass this element of the qualification process. However once you have passed you have two years to pass the remaining two parts.

You are allowed three attempts at part two and three, should you be unsuccessful in your third attempt at either part, you would be required to wait until two years have lapsed before you can attempt the qualification process once again.