Drive with Mark's 

Driving lessons in the Mansfield and Ashfield areas

                            call or text 07531 806755

Getting started

Applying for your licence 
The first thing you'll need before starting your driving lessons is a provisional driving licence.  

You can apply online by clicking the link below or by picking up a form from your local Post Office.  

You can apply before you are 17, but it is not valid until your 17th birthday.  
It can take up to 3 weeks to arrive so apply early. 
The current price is £34.00 if you apply online or £43.00 if you apply by post. 

Finding a driving instructor

This is the advice from the DVSA website 

Approved driving instructors (ADIs): the basics

Why use an ADI?

If you're going to pay someone to teach you to drive, they must be an ADI or hold a trainee licence.

It's unlikely that anyone except an ADI would have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly.

Nine out of ten learners who passed the practical test on their first attempt were taught by an ADI rather than a friend or relative.

Fully qualified ADIs and trainees

Examples of the green and pink badges

A fully qualified ADI must display a green badge on the windscreen of the car while teaching you.

Some trainee driving instructors are given a trainee licence so they can get experience before their qualifying test. They must display a pink badge on the windscreen.

If your driving instructor is not displaying either a green or pink badge in their car's windscreen, ask them to show it to you. If they cannot show you their badge, you should report this to DVSA.

If you need to report illegal driving instruction to DSA, see the section 'How to report illegal driving and riding instruction'.

How the DVSA maintains and checks standards

DVSA is responsible for maintaining and checking the standards of all ADIs. To qualify, they must:

  • be registered with DVSA 
  • have passed a criminal record check 
  • pass a much tougher theory and practical driving test, and pass a test of their ability to give instruction 
  • display an ADI identification certificate on the windscreen of the tuition vehicle 
  • maintain a high standard of instruction - DSA checks this standard regularly. 

Top tip

Make sure that the instructor you choose is right for you.

Once you have found an instructor, you need to make sure that they are right for you.

Try to choose an instructor who:

  • has a good reputation 
  • is reliable and punctual 
  • has a car that suits you  

Checking your ADI's instruction standard

DVSA regularly checks the standard of instruction of all ADIs. The instructor is then given a grade:

  • '4' is satisfactory 
  • '5' is a good overall standard 
    '6' is very good  

To find out which grade your instructor has been given, you can ask them to show you their last grade report.

I hope this is useful,