Get a driving instructor's licence
Become a licensed driving instructor in WA
Anyone who is paid to teach another person how to drive a motor vehicle must hold a driving instructor's licence, including:
- Professional driving instructors.
- Employees who give driving instruction as part of their job (including government employees).
The Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Act 1963 (WA) sets out the requirements for a driving instructor's licence, including:
- A current Western Australian driver's licence.
- Minimum of 3 continuous years experience driving the vehicle class you wish to teach.
- Medical fitness standards.
- Police character checks.
- Minimum age of 21 years old.
Please download the fact sheet below, which provides details on being a driving instructor in Western Australia, such as:
- How and when to renew your instructor's licence.
- How to add additional classes to your driving instructor's licence.
- Legal requirements.
- Maintaining your driving instructor's licence your obligations.
- Prerequisites (eligibility).
- Recognition of prior learning.
- Step by step instructions on how to obtain your driving instructor's licence.
|Department of Justice: Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Act 1963|
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Step 1: Complete a police check - driving instructor's licence
National Police Certificate (NPC)
Application for your National Police Certificate (NPC) can be made at:
- Australia Post, or
- An accredited organisation. A list of accredited organisations is available on the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission website
The NPC must be no older than three months, and remain valid for the duration of the application process, approximately 10 working days, once a completed application is received.
You will also need to provide contact information for at least 2 character references who:
- Have known you personally for at least 1 year, and
- Are not a relative.
|Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission: Information for individuals|
|Western Australian Police|
Step 2: Provide proof of identity
You will be required to submit sufficient proof of your identify for the application.
Please refer to the fact sheet for more information.
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Step 3: Submit the application in person (Form E175)
Please download and complete the application form E175 and submit it to the Department of Transport along with:
- Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport Driving Instruction), or equivalent if applicable.
- National Police Certificate.
- Character references (if required).
- Proof of identity documents.
- Application fee.
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Step 4: Complete the theory assessment
If you have a nationally-recognised qualification from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be exempt from both the theory and practical assessments.
To be a licensed driving instructor, you must complete theory and practical assessments conducted by the WA Department of Transport.
There are several theory tests you may be required to complete:
- General driving instruction theory (all vehicle classes) must get 140 out of 150 questions correct to pass.
- Motorcycle driving instruction theory.
- Heavy vehicle driving instruction theory (by class).
Under the Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructor Regulations 1964 the following are deemed sufficient training for driving instructors in WA:
- Certificate III in Motor Vehicle Driver Instruction.
- Certificate IV in Driving Instruction.
- Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport Driving Instruction).
Applicants who hold these certificates do not need to take the tests.
Schedule 2 of above regulations provides more information on the Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) allowed to award these certificates.
|Department of Justice: Motor Vehicle Drivers Instructors Regulations 1964|
Step 5: Go for a medical check-up: Driving instructors
Once your application has been submitted, you will be issued with a medical form.
Take this form for a medical check-up with your health professional. He or she will need to complete the form and submit it directly to the Department of Transport.
Step 6: Complete the Practical Driving Assessment
Once the form has been received, it should take about 10 working days to process the rest of your application. Once completed, the Department of Transport will contact you to arrange for a Practical Driving Assessment and Instructor's Practical Test if required.
The practical driving assessment is the same test taken by learner drivers, but you will be tested to a higher standard.
The instructor's practical test will also assess your ability to teach a learner driver.
If you hold a Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport: Driving Instruction) or similar nationally-recognised certificate, you will be exempted from the Practical Driving Assessment.
Step 7: Pay the licence fee
Successful applicants will need to pay the annual licence fee.
Please go to Driver licence fees for information on the current fee rates.
Once you have paid the licence fee, you will be sent your Driving Instructor's Licence and accompanying booklet within 5 working days.
You will only be allowed to provide driving instruction after you have received your driving instructor's licence.
Make sure you have signed your name in the driving instructor's licence booklet when providing driving instruction, and notify the Department of Transport immediately if your booklet is lost or destroyed.
Driving Instructor fees
|Driving instructor's application fee||$101.40|
|Driving instructor's licence fee||$5.35|
|Driving instructor's duplicate licence fee||$7.80|
|Driving instructor's testing fee||$161.80|
|Driving instructor's permit fee||$5.10|
What to do after you obtain your driving instructor's licence
Once you have been issued with your driving instructor's licence, you must carry it on you whenever you are teaching a learner driver.
You must also ensure that any advertisements you might have for your driving instruction services must include information on what vehicle classes you are allowed to teach.
If you use a vehicle with dual controls to provide instruction, you will need to ensure that its licence is also current and that the vehicle is roadworthy.
Please go to License a driving instructor vehicle for more information.
Please also notify the Department of Transport if you change your name or address.
Adding additional classes to your driving instructor's licence
If you wish to instruct in additional classes of vehicles you will need to sit the required tests in that class or obtain a nationally-recognised qualification for that class.
Renew your driving instructor's licence
A driving instructor's licence is only valid for 1 year from date of issue, after which it will need to be renewed annually.
It is your responsibility to know your expiry date and arrange your renewal. If you do not renew your licence by the expiry date you will need to reapply.
A renewal advice letter will be mailed to you 2 months before your licence expires.
To renew your licence you will need to:
- Pay the annual fee at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent
- Undertake regular medical examinations.
- Resit theory and practical assessments every 3 years; unless you hold a nationally recognised certificate.
If you stop providing driving instruction, or your licence is cancelled, suspended or expired, you must return your licence to the Department of Transport within 3 working days.