ADI Trainee Licence

Once you have passed the first two parts of the ADI qualification process, you can apply for a trainee licence to help you gain experience instructing pupils to drive.

A trainee licence allows you to be legally paid for giving driving instruction, but should not be regarded as a sole means of making a living or as an alternative to registration as an ADI.

It is issued only for you to gain practical experience in preparation for the part three instructional ability test and is useful for those in the final stages of training for a part three examination.

The trainee licence lasts six months and normally only one is granted in the two year qualifying period. It is not essential to have one, but it is an option that is available to assist in preparing people for the part three examination.

Applying for a trainee licence

If you apply for a trainee licence you must:

– hold and have held a full UK or European (EU or EEA) car driving licence for a total of at least four out the past six years, up to the date of application.
-not have been disqualified from driving at any time in the four years up to the date of application
-be a fit and proper person
-have passed the theory part and the practical part of the qualifying examinations
-be eligible to take the test of ability to instruct
-not have passed the theory test more than two years before the date of your application

The application form for trainee licences can be obtained from the examiner who passed you on your driving ability test.


The conditions under which a licence is granted are:

-you are only authorised to give instruction for the school whose address is shown on the licence
-there must be at least one ADI working at the supervisor’s address for every trainee licence holder employed there
-you must receive 40 hours practical training from a qualified ADI. It is your responsibility to make sure that you receive training in each of the specified subjects
-you must not advertise yourself as a fully qualified instructor

you must abide by one of the following conditions:

1- you must receive supervision for 20 per cent of all lessons you give from your sponsoring ADI. A record of all lessons given, along with the supervision received must be kept on the form ADI 21S which will be issued with the licence. This must be signed by you and your ADI and must be returned to DSA as soon as the licence expires

2- you must receive a minimum additional 20 hours training covering all the specified topics. This extra training must take place within the first three months of the licence or before you take your first attempt at part three, whichever is the soonest. A record of this training must be kept on the form ADI 21AT, and must be sent to DSA before the end of the three month period, or presented to the examiner conducting the part three test, whichever is the earliest. At least 25 per cent of the training will have to be practical training

Displaying the trainee licence

When instruction is being given the licence must be displayed in the bottom left hand corner of the front windscreen. The use of the licence is your own responsibility. No refunds will be given for any period when the licence is not used.

If you cannot make full use of your licence and you have to stop giving tuition, return it to the issuing office immediately. If your trainee licence is lost or stolen you should report it to the police and to DSA straight away.

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