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 Refine branch services (optional) drop down box and check the option CRB & ID Verification Service, and hit search.
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