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What's Involved in Becoming A Driving Instructor?

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THERE ARE 3 STEPS TO THE LEGAL PROCESS

We list the 3 steps to the Legal Process below:

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STEP 1 - CHECK LIST

To become a driving instructor in the UK, you must check that you:
 

1. Have held a driving licence for at least 2.5 years.
 
2. That you can read a licence plate at 90 feet (27.5m) – glasses or contacts are OK.
 
3. That you have no more than 6 points on your licence. ( If you have 6, talk to us)
 
4. That you are happy for the Government (DVSA) to complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB/DBS) check.
 

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STEP 2 - CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU (CRB) DISCLOSURE CHECK

Next, you must obtain a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB/DBS) Disclosure Number.
 
To do this, got to ‘First Advantage’ online: https://fadv.onlinedisclosures.co.uk/. You will need your email address and be asked to create a password.
 
You will need the following information:
 

– the organisation PIN of ‘105205’
– the ‘secret word’ which is ‘axis’
– the organisation name of ‘DVSA – PDI (PO)’
 
This can take approx 2- 6 weeks.
 
‘First Advantage’ will write to you enclosing a copy of your disclosure certificate and number. (You must now complete Step 3 within 6 months or your CRB will expire)

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Apply to DVSA to become a Driving Instructor

STEP 3 - DVSA PRN

Once you have received your CRB Disclosure Number, you may now register as a PDI (Potential Driving Instructor) and receive your Personal Reference Number (PRN) which you will need to book your tests.
 
To do this click here: ONLINE PRN Application

You will need:
 
– your driving licence number
– your CRB Disclosure Number and the date it was produced (unless you’ve been told not to get one yet)
– details of any motoring or non-motoring offences, and disqualifications from driving or of any court cases being brought against you
 
The DVSA will write to confirm your registration and PRN.
 
This whole process can take about 4-6 weeks so we advise starting your studies ASAP and complete Part 1 whilst this process is completed.
 

You now have your DVSA PRN (personal reference number). You may now book your 1st test when ready.

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