When your Driving Instructor arrives,
he or she should be displaying their ADI
(Approved Driving Instructor)
or PDI (Potential Driving
in the front
windscreen on the passenger side.
If the badge is a green octagonal shape,
the instructor is a fully qualified ADI
(Approved Driving Instructor),
approved by the DVSA
If the badge is a pink triangular shape,
then the instructor is
a PDI (Potential Driving Instructor),
is not yet fully
qualified but has passed the first two parts
of the qualifying
exams, and is working towards the third and last part.
The instructor's photograph should also
towards the inside of the windscreen.
Both green badge holders and pink badge
holders are entitled to charge
a fee for instruction.
If the instructor is not displaying
either a green badge or a pink badge,
then they are probably
not qualified to give instruction, and as such
cannot legally charge
a fee, and may be teaching illegally.
All our listed members (See "Instructors"
button at the top of this page)
are fully qualified
Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs)
In addition, if you are offered what
seems like ridiculously low cost
please check the SMALL
PRINT first, because invariably
there will be some
Try to avoid booking
up front in these cases until you are happy with the
instructor and the
terms and conditions.
Quite often these
low-priced lessons will tie you in for a period of time,
and the price will
rise dramatically later on.
Before you begin your
must have a valid provisional driving licence
for the category of vehicle you are learning to drive.
Your photocard must
have your signature to be legal and valid.
Your instructor should check this before you begin, so
it's important to take it
with you for your first driving lesson.
Your instructor may ask to check it again at some stage,
so keep it in a safe place.
the 8th June 2015, the paper counterpart is no
longer a valid document,
so your instructor will need to check the
validity of your photocard by an alternative method.
applies if you have an old-style paper-only licence.
There are 3
possible alternatives for this procedure, which are as
can visit www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
to generate a one-time code valid for 21 days.
You will need to input your driving licence number,
your National Insurance number
and your postcode.
You then press the "Share Licence" button.
Now press the "Create a Code" button.
supply your instructor with that code, along with
the last 8 digits of your driving licence number.
He / she can
then check the validity of your licence before the
You can log into www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence
using your smart phone or tablet on the first
and allow your
instructor to view your information.
You can call DVLA on your mobile phone on 0300 790
6801 on the first lesson,
and give them
permission to tell your instructor about your
IMPORTANT - You
will need to know your NI (National Insurance)
number for these checks,
so if you
don't know it or can't find it, you will need to
contact the Tax Office first to obtain this
You must be able to
read an old style (eg A 123 BCD) car registration plate
distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet), or a new style (eg A
12 CDE) registration plate
at a distance of 20 metres (66 feet) before driving.
This is legal requirement.
If you need glasses or contact lenses to be able to read
the plate at the required distance,
then you must wear them at all times whilst driving.
If you can't meet this
requirement, then please see an optician before you
start your lessons.
Your instructor should check this before you start.
If you don't meet the requirement, you won't be able to
take your driving test,
because this is one of the first things your driving
test examiner will check.
You must be in
reasonable good health, and not be suffering from any
medical condition which may affect your driving ability.
If in doubt, check first with your doctor.
Remember there are some conditions you must declare to
before being issued with a provisional licence.
If you are booking a Theory Test or a
Practical Driving Test online,
don't just "Google" or whatever for it, as the chances
are you may be directed to a
third party website which will rip you off for about £20
for a booking fee.
YOU SHOULD NOT NEED TO PAY
A BOOKING FEE
use the links on this web site to go directly to the DSA