A driving instructor is anyone who, for profit/gain or as part of their trade or business, teaches an unlicensed person to drive a motor car on a public or open road.
This definition doesn’t include motorcycles, a vehicle that weighs more than 4.5 tonnes or a vehicle that has seating for more than 12 adults including the driver.
Professional driving instructors in Victoria must hold a Driving Instructor Authority when teaching an unlicensed person to drive a car. This page details the applicant criteria and application process.
Applicants for a Driving Instructor Authority must:
- hold a full (non-probationary) Australian motor car driver licence.
- provide primary acceptable proof of identification
- provide secondary proof of identification
- successfully complete the Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport – Car Driving Instruction) (TLI41216). this must be accompanied by a letter advising if training was completed in a manual or automatic vehicle
- meet the Medical Standards for Licensing of Commercial Vehicle Drivers as set out in the publication Assessing Fitness to Drive produced by Austroads.
- complete a CPVV Informed Consent Form PDF, 82.5 KB. This allows CPVV to conduct a criminal history check on your behalf.
- pass a driver history check. Applications will be checked for serious or frequent traffic offences. A history of serious or frequent breaches of the Road Safety Act 1986 may, in the absence of compelling evidence to the contrary, disqualify a person from being granted an authority
- hold a current Working with Children Check (issued for ‘Employment’ purposes) if they intend to instruct students under the age of 18 years on a regular basis.
Step 1: Complete National Police Checking Service (NPCS) Informed Consent Form
This allows us to conduct a criminal history check on your behalf.
Step 2: Complete an application form
Complete a Driving Instructor Authority application form and have the medical section completed by a medical practitioner.
Step 3: Attach photographs
Provide two recent passport-sized colour photographs.
Step 4: Attach evidence of completing the Certificate IV course
Attach evidence that you have completed the Certificate IV in Transport and Logistics (Road Transport - Driving Instruction) (TLI41216). We require:
- the certificate itself, or
- an accompanying letter from the registered training organisation on company letterhead, specifying whether training was conducted in a manual or automatic vehicle.
Further information on these certificates is available on the training requirements page.
Step 5: Attach certified copies of required identity documents
Attach certified copies of all required identification documents as outlined on page 3 of the Driving Instructor Authority application form PDF, 247.0 KB.
- Victorian driver licence
- one primary evidence document
- one secondary evidence document
- Working with Children Check (issued by the Department of Justice – for Employment purposes) if relevant.
Step 6: Lodge application
Lodge your completed application form by mail or in person at the the CPVV Customer Service Centre, ensuring you have included:
- National Police Checking Service (NPCS) Informed Consent Form
- proof of identity
- two recent passport sized colour photographs
- evidence that you have completed the Certificate IV course
- your Working with Children Check if you intend to instruct students under the age of 18 years on a regular basis.
Payment can be made using the payment Authorisation form PDF, 106.9 KB.
Full Driving Instructor Authorities are issued for a period of three years.
Temporary, one-year Driving Instructor Authorities are issued to people who have a medical condition that needs to be reviewed annually. They may also be issued as a result of disciplinary proceedings.
For more information, please see fees and charges.
You’re eligible to apply for mutual recognition if you’re currently an accredited driving instructor from another state or territory in Australia or New Zealand.
For more information see our mutual recognition page.
Contact information for industry bodies and associations:
For further information, contact us.