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Choosing a Motor Driving Instructor or Authorised Examiner

A person who receives a fee or any other reward (payment) for teaching you to drive must hold the appropriate Motor Driving Instructor's licence.

Motor Driving Instructors and Authorised Examiners are required to clearly display their licence, either physical or digital (using the mySA GOV app) while teaching you to drive.

Before choosing either a Motor Driving Instructor or Authorised Examiner you need to check their licence and ensure that it is current and entitles them to conduct the training and/or assessment you require.

If your Motor Driving Instructor or Authorised Examiner is not appropriately endorsed, all tasks undertaken by you will not be counted towards your licence.

The time you drive with a Motor Driving Instructor or Authorised Examiner count towards your required 75 hours of driving experience and must be entered in your Log Book.

There are three types of Motor Driving Instructors in South Australia.

Motor Driving Instructor (no flash)

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tick Driving lessons and preparation for your VORT

tick Sign off your Log Book forms

cross Sign off CBT&A tasks

cross Conduct a Vehicle On Road Test (VORT)

cross Issue a Certificate of Competency

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tick Driving lessons and preparation for your VORT

tickSign off your Log Book forms

tick Sign off CBT&A tasks

tickIssue a Certificate of Competency

cross Conduct a Vehicle On Road Test (VORT)

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tick Driving lessons and preparation for your VORT

tick Conduct a Vehicle On Road Test (VORT) (If the instructor teaches you to drive they cannot conduct your VORT)

tick Sign off your Log Book forms

tickIssue a Certificate of Competency

Things you should ask your Motor Driving Instructor or Authorised Examiner
  • Are you a Motor Driving Instructor and only able to provide training; or are you an Authorised Examiner and able to train and assess?
  • Are you able to assess and sign off tasks when I'm competent using the CBT&A option?
  • When should I start driving lessons with an instructor?  Does it have to be after I have completed my 75 hours of driving?
  • How much do you charge per lesson and will you give a receipt?  Please note: Under Australian Consumer Law they must provide a receipt upon request or on any transaction over $75.00
  • Are there any hidden or extra costs, including government charges?  Please note: A booking fee is charged by the Registrar of  Motor Vehicles to Authorised Examiners booking a VORT or final CBT&A assessment.  Refer to the Motor Vehicles Regulations 2010, fees Schedule 1, clause 29 for the current fee
  • How long is each lesson and will you record this time in my log book as driving hours?  Please note: Qualified Supervising Drivers, Motor Driving Instructors and Authorised Examiners must record driving hours, including lessons, in the log book.
  • What type of vehicle do you teach in, manual or automatic?
  • How frequently do you recommend having lessons?
  • Do you have a refund policy for cancellation of lessons?
  • Do I need to practise in between lessons?  What are the homework expectations?
  • Are you able to conduct lessons that may start at home and finish at work or school and vice versa?  Or any other location?
  • What happens if I change my mind about the training method or the examiner I have chosen, how does this affect me?

For further information please telephone 13 10 84

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