ORDITDVSAThe Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) was set up by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with the support of the major trade associations:

  • DIA Driving Instructors Association
  • MSA Motor Schools Association
  • NJC National Joint Council of ADIs
  • DISC Driving Instructor Scottish Council

About the ORDIT scheme

The Official Register of Driving Instructor Training (ORDIT) was set up to protect the public from substandard driving instructor training and rogue business practices. Nationally, over 70% who register with the DVSA never go on to qualify which is why ORDIT was created in the first place to address this problem.

It is not expensive to be on ORDIT and the inspection cost for the business and 1 trainer is only £151.20  – so even a one man band driving instructor training provider can easily afford to be be on it. The only reason why a training provider would not be on it is if they realised they could not reach this minimum quality training standard or operate their business within ORDIT’s code of fair business practice.

If ORDIT is not mentioned on the training companies website or the agreement you sign it simply means you are not guaranteed to have a properly qualified ORDIT trainer training you or be protected from unfair business practices and as a result are far less likely to reach or pass Part 3. Some companies are on ORDIT but are not willing to be contractually bound by the rules of ORDIT (i.e. they want to use the marketing benefit of it but are unwilling to be governed by it) and as such will not mention ORDIT in their training contract with you. Check the training contract and see.

Unfortunately, some driving instructor training providers on ORDIT try to present themselves as being able to provide driving instructor training nationally when in fact they only have a limited number of ORDIT qualified driving instructor trainers at their head office. This can result in driving instructor training students having to wait weeks and sometimes months for their practical training. Alternatively, these organisations use trainers who are not ORDIT qualified. This is not the case with LDC we only use LDC DVSA ORDIT approved trainers as clearly stated in our contract with you. LDC have 55 ORDIT qualified trainers who provide training from over 60 locations around the UK covering most test centres where the ADI Part 3 qualifying exam is carried out.

Worse still some training providers mislead the public into thinking they are on ORDIT and their trainers are all ORDIT qualified just because they happen to use the odd subcontractor who is an ORDIT qualified trainer with another company or because they put the trainer on there own ‘so-call’ ORDIT course and falsely lead them into believing they are ORDIT qualified when they are not!! .

If the company is not on ORDIT there will be a reason but not the one the sales person will give to you it is more likely to be because they can not achieve the quality training standards required by the examining body the DVSA or they are not willing to abide by the fair business practice rules.

For more details on ORDIT please visit DVSA website section on ORDIT.

About the DVSA Trainee Licence scheme

You can apply for a trainee driving instructor licence after you pass the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test.

A trainee licence:

  • helps you get experience instructing pupils to drive so you can prepare for the ADI part 3 test
  • allows you to get paid for giving instruction
  • lasts for 6 months

Who can apply

You can apply for a trainee licence if you:

  • have passed your ADI part 1 test in the last 2 years
  • have passed the ADI part 2 test
  • have had at least 40 hours of training from a qualified ADI in providing driving instruction (at least 10 of which were done in a car), recorded on the ADI 21T declaration form
  • are eligible to take the ADI part 3 test

Options when you apply for a trainee licence

You have 2 options to choose from when you apply for a trainee licence. You must either:

  • be supervised for 20% of all lessons you give while you have your trainee licence
  • do at least 20 hours of extra training while you have your trainee licence

You can only choose one option and you can’t change to the other after you’ve made your decision.

Talk to your sponsoring approved driving instructor (ADI) or training organisation about which option is best for you.

Option 1 – supervision of lessons

In this option you have to be supervised by your sponsoring ADI for 20% of all the lessons you give.

You must keep a record of the number of hours:

  • you give lessons
  • you are supervised

The ADI 21S supervision record form must be signed by both you and your ADI. You must send it to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) when your trainee licence runs out.

Approved Driving Instructor Registrar
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street

Option 2 – extra training

In this option you have to do at least 20 hours of extra training in the topics in the training programme.

You must both:

  • do the training before you book the ADI part 3 test
  • book the test within 3 months of getting your trainee licence

At least 25% of the training must be practical in-car training.

The training must be recorded on the instructor training declaration form.

You must send the form to DVSA before the end of the 3 months, or the day after you book your ADI part 3 test, whichever comes first.

Approved Driving Instructor Registrar
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street

If you fail the ADI part 3 test or you don’t book it in time

If you fail the test, you must do 5 hours of extra training before your next attempt. You have 3 attempts to pass the test.

If you don’t book the test within 3 months of getting your licence, you must take 5 hours of extra training before you book the test.

Each time you do 5 hours of extra training, record it on a new instructor training declaration form.

If you don’t send the form, DVSA can take your trainee licence away.

DBS check and other DVSA requirements

In order to trade as a driving instructor you need to be over 21, have held your driving licence (or approved foreign driving licence) for at least 3 years and have no more than 5 points on your licence. You can start the training just prior to having held a license for 3 years.

All applicants are required to do an industry specific Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formally known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check) and complete an application to the DVSA for the ADI Register. This must be completed before you can book your Part 1 test. If you have more than 5 points and / or previous criminal or driving convictions we would recommend that you seek approval from the DVSA before you commit to a training organisation. The DVSA are the sole decision maker on who will be accepted on to the ADI Register.

The procedure is easy to do through online forms. First to obtain your DBS please visit the link below:


Once you have completed this form you will be required to print off your application form and take this along with your ID to a post office which offers the CRB / ID verification service. The fee is £6. To find your nearest branch, please click the below link:


Once you receive your DBS certificate through the post you are then required to complete your DVSA Registration onto the ADI Register. The form can be found by clicking the link below:


After the DVSA process you will be sent a letter with their decision and if accepted you will receive a PRN (Personal Reference Number) which is unique to you and this is the number you will need when booking your exams and dealing with any correspondence with the DVSA.

Contact LDC

If you would like a Free information pack on becoming a driving instructor with LDC call our head office on free phone 0800 197 0010 or 01977 691800 or click on request a free information pack.  Our office hours are Monday to Thursday 8am – 6pm, Friday 8am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 12pm.

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