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?


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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: