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What to take to your test

You must bring:

  • your UK driving licence 
  • a suitable car
  • a pupil

You should also bring a log of the training you've been doing to qualify as an approved driving instructor(ADI).

Rules for the car you use

Your car must:

  • be taxed
  • be insured for a driving test(check with your insurance company)
  • be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if its over 3 years old)
  • be a saloon, hatchback or estate car in good working condition - you can't use a convertible
  • have full size seats
  • have no warning lights showing, for example, the airbag warning light
  • have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre - you cant have a space saver spare tyre fitted
  • be smoke-free - this means you can't smoke in it just before or during the test
  • be able to reach at least 62mph and have a mph speedometer
  • have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg

The MAM is the limit on how much the car can weigh when it is loaded. It'll be in the cars handbook

Your test will be cancelled and you'll have to pay again if your car doesn't meet the rules.

Things that must be fitted

The car must have:

  • L-plates on the front and the rear if your pupil is a learner
  • working rear seat belts

Dashcams and other cameras 

You can use a camera fitted for insurance purposes, as long as it:

  • faces outside the car and doesn't film the inside
  • doesn't record audio from inside the car

Manual and automatic cars

If you have a manual licence, you can take the test in either a manual or automatic car. You'll be able to train people in both types of car when you've qualified. If you have an automatic licence, you must take your test in an automatic car. You'll only be able to train people in an automatic car when you've qualified.

What happens during the test

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client- centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils. The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

Your pupil

Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder. They cant be an approved driving instructor(ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test.. You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they cant take part in the lesson.

What you'll be marked on

You'll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

  • lesson planning
  • risk management
  • teaching and learning strategies

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test. You'll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competences, which are added up to out if you've passed the test, and what your grade will be.

Your test result

After you give the lesson, the examiner will discuss your performance and give you your result. You'll get your grade, along with your completed approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test report form.

Total          Grade            Description


0-30           Fail                 Your performance is unsatisfactory, and you wont join the ADI register

 31-42        Grade B         You'll be allowed to join the ADI register

 43-51        Grade A         You have shown a high standard of instruction and can join the ADI register


You'll automatically fail if:

  • you get a score of 7 or less in the 'risk management' category
  • the examiner stops the lesson because you've put yourself or someone else in danger

Registering as an Approved Driving Instructor

After you pass the Part 3 test you can apply to join the Register. You cannot give paid instruction unless you are registered, unless you still have a valid trainee licence.You must apply within your one year of passing your Part 3 test or your qualification will become invalid and you would have to apply to start the qualifying process again.You can apply to register as an Approved Driving Instructor online at Driving Instructor online services. Alternatively, complete the application form which is available from the examiner who passed you.