Motor driving instructor's licence

You must hold a current Motor Driving Instructor's (MDI) licence before you can train any driver for a fee or reward. If you already hold an interstate driving instructor's licence and wish to operate in South Australia, you can apply for mutual recognition status.

Trainers who teach 4WD or defensive driving courses to people who already hold a driver’s licence, don’t need an MDI licence.

Who can apply

Before an application for an MDI licence can be approved, you must:

Your application is unlikely to be accepted if you have:

  • been convicted of any sexual, fraud, financial, violent, drug related or theft offences
  • a history of driving offences or licence disqualifications/suspension(s).

Driving instructor licence

What you will need

You will need to provide:

How to apply

Fill out the application form (67.3 KB PDF) and lodge it at a Service SA customer service centre with the supporting documents. Applications will be returned if they are not complete and the correct supporting documentation is not attached.

What happens next

You will be notified via email to book a regulator assessment.

If you meet the required standard in the Regulator Assessment your application and supporting documentation will be sent to the Registrar for consideration. If you application is approved you will then need to attend a Service SA customer service centre to:

  • pay the required licence fee
  • have your photo taken.

Your photo identification MDI licence will be sent to you. This can take up to two weeks.

You cannot begin training clients until you receive your photo identification MDI licence, however you may use your digital licence.

Fees

Service

Fee

Road law test through Service SA

$88.00

Regulator assessment (car) per assessment

$267.00

Regulator assessment (heavy vehicle) per assessment

$437.00

Mutual recognition

If you hold a current interstate MDI licence and wish to operate in South Australia, you can apply for mutual recognition status.

What you will need

To apply for mutual recognition, you will need to supply:

You will also need to meet regulator assessment standards for South Australia

How to apply

Complete the Mutual Recognition Application and Declaration. This is a statutory declaration which asks for:

  • current MDI registration details from the interstate authority and any other states where you are registered as an MDI
  • information on any disciplinary proceedings (including preliminary investigations) in relation to being an MDI in any other state
  • clarification if the MDI registration is current and not cancelled, suspended or conditions applied to the registration as an MDI in any state
  • consent to contact interstate authorities and to exchange information regarding your activities as an MDI.

Submit the declaration to a Service SA customer service centre.

What happens next

You will be notified via email to book a regulator assessment.

If your application for mutual recognition is successful, to get your MDI license issued you will need to attend a Service SA customer service centre to:

  • pay the required licence fee
  • have your photo taken.

Your photo identification MDI licence will be sent to you. This can take up to two weeks.

You cannot begin training clients until you receive your photo identification MDI licence, however you may use your digital licence.

Under the Mutual Recognition Act the MDI licence will be granted only for the period remaining on the interstate authority and then can be renewed subject to renewal requirements being met.

A yearly fee applies for an MDI licence.

Fees

Service

Fee

Regulator assessment (car) per assessment

$267.00

Regulator assessment (heavy vehicle) per assessment

$437.00

Renew your licence

A renewal notice and certificate of fitness form will be sent to you eight weeks before expiry of your current licence. You can commence the renewal process earlier if required using the application form (67.3 KB PDF).

You must attend a Service SA customer service centre in person with the following:

Once your renewal application and supporting documentation are approved, a new licence will be sent to you. This can take up to two weeks.

Decision to issue a licence

The Registrar of Motor Vehicles or a delegate of the registrar must review all aspects of your application before a decision can be made to issue an MDI licence.

If your application is properly made, you have met the pre-requisites and successfully passed your regulator assessment and road law theory test, your application and qualifications will be forwarded to the registrar for a decision on whether to issue an MDI licence.

In making a decision on whether to approve the issue of an MDI licence the registrar must be satisfied the applicant, in addition to meeting all the pre-requisites, is:

  • fit and proper to hold an instructor’s licence
  • proficient as a motor driving instructor.

Your application is unlikely to be accepted if you have :

  • been convicted of any sexual, fraud, financial, violent, drug related or theft offences
  • a history of driving offences or licence disqualifications/suspension(s).

In addition, if you are unable to demonstrate proficiency as an MDI during the regulator assessment(s), your application may be refused.

Once you have a licence

Code of conduct

There is an expectation that MDIs will at all times conduct themselves in a way that meets the expectations of the registrar and the community. The Code of Conduct (256.7 KB PDF) (256.7 KB PDF) endorsed by the Australian Driver Training Association of South Australia and the Professional Driver Trainers Association of South Australia outlines the minimum standards of practice expected of all licensed MDIs and appointed authorised examiners covering:

  • being honest and acting with integrity
  • having respect for others
  • being competent
  • managing business competently.

Consumer law and complaints

Motor driving instructors have certain business obligations. Under Australian Consumer Law an MDI must provide a receipt for any payment over $75 or on request.

A client may also request a receipt for less than $75 and one must be provided within seven days of asking or for an itemised account within 30 days of being billed.

Businesses providing a service may, at some time, receive complaints - see Handling complaints. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission provides advice on making complaints and Consumer and Business Services.

Disciplinary action

Under the Motor Vehicles Act 1959 the Registrar of Motor Vehicles may take disciplinary action if “satisfied that the holder has been guilty of conduct making him or her unfit to hold such a licence”.

The following are examples of conduct that the registrar may consider for disciplinary action.

  • Any sexual assault including sexual assault of a driving student including inappropriate conduct of a personal or sexual nature, sexual harassment. This can include making inappropriate comments or discussion of a sexual nature or touching an applicant.
  • Physical assault of a student or other persons related to the motor driving instructors business operations i.e. student parent, other MDIs, authorised examiners or government officers.
  • Drug possession and trafficking.
  • Stalking of students, parents, other MDIs, authorised examiners or government officers.
  • Dishonesty and fraud or poor or unscrupulous business practices.
  • Driving offences.

Further training for authorised examiners

Once you are an experienced motor driving instructor you may be eligible to undertake further training towards becoming an authorised examiner.


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Page last updated 13 November 2019

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