How to Become a Driving Instructor

If you think you’re a pretty good driver and could make a living teaching others the rules of the road and how to drive their cars, becoming a driving instructor may be the job for you. Becoming an instructor isn’t a difficult process, but there are different requirements from state to state that must be met before you can be on your way teaching other students.

The following steps to becoming a driving instructor are generalized as much as possible so they can help a number of people, but that doesn’t mean that all of the numbers and steps listed are the same for your state. Check with your state’s DMV once you’ve started the process to make sure you’re on the right track.

  • The first thing you’re obviously going to have to do is get a driver’s license for the type of vehicle you’re looking to instruct in. Most people get a standard driver’s license at the age of 16 in the United States, so this first step shouldn’t be too difficult for anybody to complete. One caveat that sometimes trips people up is that you’re not allowed to have had your license revoked in the past two years before applying to become an instructor. Meaning that if you just got a new driver’s license after having your old one revoked, you won’t be eligible to teach others how to drive.
  • With your license in hand, most states require that you have had your driver’s license for at least two years before applying to be an instructor. This is to make sure you’re had adequate time to learn the type of vehicle you’ll be teaching. In addition to having the license for two years, you must also be at least 21 years of age. There’s really no “reason” that 21 is the limit and some states may be different, but 21 is the minimum age requirement to obtain your instructor license.

  • We hinted at it in the last step, but the next part of the whole process is to get your instructor’s license. A driving instructor’s license can be gotten from your local DMV and will require additional tests on top of the ones you took to get your license in the first place. It’s recommended that you take driving instructor courses approved by your state in order to better prepare yourself for the tests. The tests have more difficult written examinations and driving tests than the ones you took to get your original license.
  • Upon passage of your driving exams you will obtain an instructor’s driving license. This license will allow you to teach others how to drive the type of vehicle you got a license for. You can take your license to a driving instructor agency and now apply for a job. Different driving instruction academies have different requirements for their drivers, so it’s a good idea to check with an agency before you apply for a job. The two year minimum of experience is only necessary to get your instructor’s license. Most driving instruction facilities will require that you have a few more years experience on top of that and have a clean driving record. Different places have different requirements, so before you jump for joy after you get your license from the DMV; remember that you may have a long way to go before you can actually teach others how to drive.


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