What is a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor?
A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor, DVSA ADI is the qualification required to be able to teach driving professionally.
It is illegal for someone to receive payment of any kind for supervising a learner driver or teaching driving to a driver at any level of ability unless you are either registered as a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor, DVSA ADI, or are licensed by DVSA as a Trainee Driving Instructor.
The qualification has previously been called:
Ministry of Transport Approved Driving Instructor, MOT ADI
Department of The Environment Approved Driving Instructor, DoE ADI
Department of Transport Approved Driving Instructor DoT ADI, and DfT ADI
Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor, DSA ADI
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport, DfT.
DVSA’s responsibilities include:
Carrying out theory tests and driving tests for people who want to drive cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and coaches, and specialist vehicles.
Approving people to be driving instructors and motorcycle trainers, and making sure they provide good-
Approving people to be MOT testers, approving the centres they work in, and testing lorries, buses and coaches ourselves.
Carrying out roadside checks on commercial drivers to make sure they follow safety rules and keep their vehicles safe to drive.
Monitoring recalls of vehicles, parts and accessories to make sure that manufacturers fix problems quickly.
Approving training courses for qualified drivers, such as Driver Certificate of Professional Competence courses for lorry, bus and coach drivers, and drink-
Supporting the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain and the Northern Ireland transport regulator to license and monitor companies who operate lorries, buses and coaches, and to register local bus services.