Register to train to become a driving instructor with the DVSA

Register to train to become a driving instructor with the DVSA


Once you have received your criminal record reference number, the next step is to register to train to become a driving instructor with the DVSA (Driving Vehicles Standard Agency).

Follow this link

You will require your Criminal record reference which can be found at the top right of your letter.

First you will be asked to accept the user declaration, and then you should select the drop down option for ADI (Approved Driving Instructor). Next you’ll be asked for a user name and password (these are your own choice of details) which you can use every time you come back to the register to update or change your details, so keep them somewhere safe.

You will be asked for your personal details required by the DVSA. The form takes about 10 minutes to complete, but before logging out, please make sure to check that you have entered your information correctly.

After submitting your details, again expect a short wait of a week or so for a letter of registration approval to arrive from the DVSA.

You’re now ready to start the qualifying process, and I would recommend getting the ball rolling and pre-book your part one theory test.

You can choose a date from the many available. I would suggest giving yourself a six week goal to read the study material and prepare for the test.

If you’ve done as I suggested in the first post, and started to study while waiting for your criminal reference number, you might only need a few weeks to be ready to take the theory test.

A word of warning, don’t think of this as study to pass a test. You are learning and gaining the knowledge you’ll require to become a driving instructor. The more you know the better the instructor you’ll be, so it’s  important to do your research, and ask questions if you don’t understand something.

We recently asked two people to take a 20 question theory test. One person had done some online theory practice tests, and the other we asked to read the highway code.


Highway code


The person who used the online method got a score of 12 out of 20. The person who read the highway code scored 19 out of 20, and interestingly would have got 20 if he had read the question properly.

I came across a study a few years ago about how we approach learning, and they suggest you should embark upon study with the willingness to learn. You can’t become an expert without knowledge.

PDI’s (potential driving instructors) who skip reading the recommended books, and opt for the easier option of practicing online mock theory questions are less likely to pass the part one, and consequently end up struggling when they reach the final stage of the training.

Please note:  When studying the recommended books, you might find yourself reading words you don’t understand, so before moving forward find out the meaning of the words. Try using Google for help.

In the next blog I’ll show you methods to help your study progress smoothly, and i’ll also share tips to hep you get more done in less time.


Become a driving instructor criminal record check

Step One: Driving instructor criminal record check


Hi I’m Kev Goldthorpe founder of Elite driving school. I’m going to walk you through the entire process of training for a career as a driving instructor, starting with the driving instructor criminal record check.

So keep your eyes peeled because each week I’ll be posting new content.



Call it a step by step manual for training for a career as an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

The accreditation you are training for is the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor (DVSAADI) Green Badge, which authorises you to teach people to dive for a living.

Now you already know that you can help people learn to drive a car if you’re over 21, and have held a full UK licence for over 3 years, but you can’t legally charge them.

So it’s not a career until you hold the DVSAADI green badge, Which must be displayed in the tuition vehicle windscreen.

So let’s get the journey started. Now assuming you haven’t gone any further than the enquiry stage, and deciding it’s the career you want to pursue, to register as a potential driving instructor, you must be over 21 and have held a full driving licence in category B (manual cars) for at least 3 years. You must not have been disqualified during this time.

Step 1: Apply for a criminal record check for the DVSA.

Now you might already have a criminal record reference, but if it’s not for the DVSA, then it’s no good.

To apply for your criminal reference number click here

Take a note of the following information which you will need during the application process:

You’ll need to use the:

  • organisation PIN 105205
  • secret word axis
  • organisation name DVSA – PDI (PO)

Be certain to fill the document in correctly, I’ve know the post office turn people away for supplying the wrong ID, and GBG the online disclosure company send applications back because applicants put both their first and surname in the same space, instead of just surname.

Once you are happy that all your details and proofs are correct print the form off and hit submit.

Now you need to take the form and the ID’s you supplied on the form to the nearest post office.

PLEASE NOTE: Sub post offices do not offer the criminal record check verification service. You can only use main post offices, so to find your nearest click here, enter your post code and then select the  drop down box and check the option CRB & ID Verification Service, and hit search.


Driving instructor criminal record check post office


Don’t forget…

You’ll need to take a printed page from your online application with barcodes on it and 3 original forms of ID (not copies) that you entered during application which should be:

  • your passport
  • your driving licence
  • a utility bill that’s less than 3 months old
  • a bank statement that’s less than 3 months old

The service costs £6.

If takes anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks to get a reply. But if you’re convinced everything is okay, I would suggest starting to read the study books so your not wasting time.

The ADI part one theory can take some people months to study for it, but with proper planning, organisation and dedication this should only take a maximum of 8 weeks, so by starting now you’ll be able to book an early part one test date in your local town, cutting down the time and being one step closer to your dream of becoming a driving instructor.

What the video at the top of this blog, it will guide you through the process.

Watch out for the next step, registering with the DVSA to start training to become a driving instructor.

If you want to know more about a career as a driving instructor click here


How the new Driving Test Changes will Affect Disabled Drivers

How the new Driving Test Changes will Affect Disabled Drivers

As I am sure we are all aware, the DVSA are changing the driving test in December, meaning that there will be some changes. If you don;t know about this, then head over and check out the blog post about that.

However, it has led to lots of people questioning how the new test will affect learner drivers with disabilities and learning difficulties, so the DVSA have released a new article stating how this is going to help.

They have worked with several organisations to test these new changes, and to trial them amongst people with disabilities.

The New Satellite Navigation portion of the test has been broken down. The sat nav, they have chosen is able to be adjusted with brightness and colours and sounds, meaning, that for those hard of hearing or those more affected by certain sounds and colours will be fine during test.

Additionally, the learner can ask the instructor for verbal instructions also, and these instructions can be adapted into landmarks such as petrol stations or shops, rather than specific routes.

Furthermore, the examiner will still be able to say ‘your side’ and ‘my side’ instead of left and right, as some people have difficulty with their lefts and rights.

Moreover, If the learner has trouble speaking aloud, when reading the registration plate of cars for the sight-check, the learner may write down the answer, instead of having to speak aloud.

In regards to accessibility, the examiner can be arranged to meet the learner in the car, if the test centre is not accessible.

And adapted cars are still allowed, as long as they comply with the rules of using your own car.

The highway code is also available on YouTube in British sign language.

These are the main changes highlighted by the DVSA in regards to the new driving test changes.

Let us Help You

As an instructor, we understand that it is frustrating when you think you’ve finished work after dropping off your last pupil, sometimes at late o’clock and look at your phone to realise you have missed calls from new clients, wanting all sorts of information and to be booked in, which can sometimes take hours.


We understand that you want to do your job well, and don’t want to let these people down, meaning that you spend the rest of your night trying to sort people out, because you can’t do it in the car with another pupil.


So what if you had someone that could do that for you, so that when you go home, your mind is there too, instead of fretting about calling and texting people back.


What if all that was done for you, so you could go home from your mobile office and just switch off for a night of peace?


Elite can provide that for you. We are a franchise with first-class trained office staff who will take calls from prospective customers, and fit them into your diary when and where you want them.


They will make sure that you don’t have to travel miles and miles to get to your next lesson, as they will only give you customers in a small area, meaning that you don’t spend half of your day travelling to pick up the next pupil.

Elite also provide all the marketing for you, meaning that you don’t have to spend your time or money on doing it.


Meaning that when December hits, and that quiet period begins, you will still have a full day of clients, without struggling to find more.


Or when customers decide to stop lessons, which is unavoidable, and frustrating because its weeks worth of money lost. Elite can fill that regular space for you, without you having to worry about it.


And at the end of the day you get to go home, and turn your phone off, without the stress of replying to people, because Elite will have already done it for you during the day.


Meaning that if you want to have a quiet night in with the family, without having to neglect them for endless Phone calling, then you can.


Elite have been growing in Hull for 27 years, and there is a reason that we’re still around. Elite are passionate about Customer Service, so you know that your business will be looked after with first class service.


Elite also offer support to pupils for their theory tests, and any information they might need, meaning that you don’t have to find it for them in your own time.

You will still be your own boss, but will have everything managed for you, meaning that you don’t have to overload yourself with endless clerical duties, which can be easily handled for you.


If you’d like more time for family and fun, and have that feeling of actually leaving the office, then give us a call today to find out the benefits of a partnership with Elite, or alternatively Email us, and we will ring you at a time that is convenient for you.


We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Elite Driving School

01482 444443




Saudi Women Allowed to Drive

I think in this generation, Women’s right’s have progressed so much from the suffragette movement, and the right to vote. In Britain, it has never been that women were banned from driving. Look at Queen Elizabeth II as a prime example – she trained as a Mechanic and a Truck Driver during World War II.

However, for women to be banned from driving until 2017 is really very oppressive. To think that women in Britain, can basically do whatever they want, and yet something that we take for granted – such as driving – isn’t allowed for women in Saudi Arabia is such a contrast.

Reading a few articles on the matter, the women of Saudi are feeling much more empowered and more equal. However, a lot of the men in that country still do not approve. The women are being taught by their sons, or brothers and so on.

Some husbands are really taking on board the change, and are helping their wives to learn to drive, whilst others stay closed-minded in the 19th century.

I definitely think that in Britain especially, because driving is so much a part of our culture now, it is considered more of a necessity to drive.

However, upon reflection, it is also understandable how much men dominate the world of driving. I feel that when a man and woman go out together, it is very much more common than not that the man will drive instead of the woman. This just seems so complacent in our society that the man will drive.

Additionally, much like football, or rugby, motor sports is dominated by men. The F1 is an all male racing sport, as is the GP and the TT.

Is it because women are notoriously stereotypical bad drivers?

Or is it that it is seemed less feminine to drive?

Does it stem back to the fact that it makes the man more in control, and therefore more masculine and dominant in the relationship?

To be completely honest, I think it is a mixture of all of these things, but in contrast to Saudi, women have been allowed to drive, but it is something that we now consider tedious, and more of a chore.

I think somewhere we took this form of freedom for granted. Driving in English roads are either boring such as the motorway, or frustrating, such as the busy city roads, but at least we can go to the city, or drive to a friends house, without having to wait on others and rely on public transport.

So therefore, when you put all of this into perspective, why wouldn’t you want to be able to drive?


Are you eligible?

Are you eligible to become a driving instructor?

Don’t know if you’re eligible to become a driving instructor?

This is what the Driving Standards Agency look for:

  • You have to be aged 21 or over. This is not just a guideline, its a rule in the UK that to become an ADI, you have to be over the age of 21.
  • You also have to have held a FULL UK Driving License for over 3 years. This is from the date that you passed your practical Driving Test, not the date you got your provisional license.
  • You also, must have a manual license to teach at Elite.
  • You need all of the above to be able to apply to become a driving instructor in the UK.

To become a Driving Instructor with Elite Driving School, enquire here:

How the New iPhone 8 is Trying to Save Your Life

Apple recently released the iPhone 8, along with IOS 11, which is trying to save your life whilst driving.

The update allows the phone to sense when you’re driving, meaning that it will automate itself to ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, so the notifications don’t distract you whilst driving, meaning that there is a lack of temptation to use your phone.

The software picks up when you’re in a car, so if you’re a passenger, you can turn off the ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode in settings, so you can still use your phone in the car.

You can find the original article about the new update here:

Why Learning to Drive at the Age of 17 is Better

It’s quite normal now for the younger generation to learn to drive as soon as they can. It is actually a really good idea. So, if you are 17, or are wanting to get someone driving lessons, here are some reasons why learning to drive when your younger, is easier.

It has been found in recent studies that learning is significantly easier for younger people, rather than in older years. The brain is a lot more capable of learning when younger, meaning that it is learning new things, such as driving is considerable easier and less frustrating.

Because Driving is a new skill, it requires a lot of patience and time and effort, but also a lot of concentration.

Meaning that the younger generation are going to require less concentration, and patience, because their brain is more capable of learning, unlike someone in their late twenties, and thirties and so on.

Obviously, it depends on the person, and their own personal and mental development, but generally it is easier for younger people to absorb information.

This means that passing driving and theory tests can be substantially quicker, and better, which means that more money is saved throughout the process, making it more cost-effective to learn to drive at the age of 17 than a novice at the age of 35.

Moreover, even if you can’t afford to get a car at the age of 17, the skills have been learnt meaning that refreshing your memory later on in life, when you can afford a car, is a lot easier than starting from scratch. It’s very similar to the saying ‘You Never forget how to ride a bike’.

It’s considerably the same thing, as most people to learn to ride a bike at a very young age, meaning that the skills learnt are more likely to stay stored in the brain.

But of course it is never too late to start to learn to drive. The freedom gained at the end of it will not differ, and the experience of lessons will not change.


What’s so Great About Passing Your Driving Test?

What’s so great about passing your Driving Test and getting a car?

My answer: What’s not great about getting a car?

Sure it’s a lot of money for insurance and car tax, and of course the actual car itself, but there is something so thrilling about going to find your first car.

I remember going to view my first car. We found it on Auto Trader, and it was a little Renault Clio. We drove all the way across Hull to a farm in the middle of nowhere, and this little car was just sat there. It was rusty, dirty, and not in a good condition, but frankly, I didn’t care. The Id inside my brain made me want it, and want it right now.

It was like waking up on Christmas day, to discover everything I’ve ever wanted – even if it was total trash.

However, my dad told me that it was awful and urged me that we would find something better, and therefore, I left in total disappointment at not leaving there with a car.

We looked around for weeks to find something better for me, we ventured out of Hull, across the Bridge and nearly all the way to York, and then, when I had lost a lot of hope, I found it. It was a black Renault Clio ’05 plate, and a 1.2 litre, in great condition.

I had to wait a week for it to be MOT’d but the day I picked it up, was a day I’d never forget.

I went straight to Morrison’s to get petrol, and whilst there also bought 3 air fresheners, wash rags, and de-icer (it was the end of April, and I don’t know what I was thinking).

It was a Thursday Morning and before college started, I went to show my Grandparents, who were so impressed. (I felt so grown up).

And then driving into college was the best. I texted my friends to meet me at the gates, so we could ‘walk in’ together, and I will never forget their faces as the saw me drive into the gates into my brand new (well, brand new to me) car. It was such a proud feeling. I was the first one of my friends to learn to drive, and the first one to get a car, and I therefore, felt so popular. That lunch time, we drove to McDonalds to celebrate which was so much fun. I finally felt grown up.

3 and a half years later and I have the same car, which I love to bits, even if it is getting a bit old. But I don’t think there will ever be any better car than my first, no matter what I get next. I love cars and know that I would love something a bit more upmarket like a BMW or an Audi, but I just don’t think I will ever love any car as much as my first.

So to conclude, this nostalgic story, the excitement of both finding a car and actually buying a car are memories that I would never replace.

The freedom I had, and still have, the joy of taking my friends to maccies for lunch, and that feeling of adulthood is a really something I would never change. The likely hood is, that for your first car, you’re going to get something pretty basic. But it’s the quirks of the car that make it irreplaceable, the annoying times when it didn’t start, the time that it wasn’t very quick on the motorway. But I would not have changed this for the world.

My Clio has provided me with some hilarious stories, no longer having to get a bus for half an hour into town, and the ability to go where I want, when I want.

All these things, are why getting a car is so great.

Driving Test Changes You Need to Know About

If you didn’t know already, the UK driving test is changing from the 4th December 2017 (not a very nice Christmas present, is it?). We are updating you with the most recent changes made by the DVSA.

It was released on the 13th September 2017, that there would be revised changes to the ‘Show me’ ‘Tell me’ portion of the test.

If you don’t know what this is, it is where the examiner will ask you a ‘show me’ question and a ‘tell me’ question at the beginning of your driving test. These questions are given to you by your instructor to prepare you for your test.

The ‘Tell me’ Questions are as follows:

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.


And the ‘Show me’ questions:

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?


Now with the changes to the Driving Test, it means that the ‘tell me’ questions will be asked at the beginning of the test, and the ‘show me’ questions will now be asked during the driving test, whilst under their examination.

However, do not fret, the changes are not made until the 4th December, so you have plenty of time to figure how to undertake these ‘show me’s’ in your instructors car.

We hope this helps and we will keep you updated with any more changes to the UK Driving Test on the Elite Blog, so make sure to follow Elite on Social Media, so you can be updated with any Driving Test changes coming your way by December!

The Elite Team