Find a driving instructor in NSW
Got your learner licence and want to improve your driving? Find out about driving instructors and courses available in NSW.
What is a licensed driving instructor?
Licensed driving instructors are qualified instructors who can teach others how to drive.
In NSW, a licensed driving instructor is anyone who receives money, or any other reward, when teaching you to drive or assessing your driving ability.
A licensed driving instructor is different to a driving supervisor.
A driving supervisor is anyone who holds a current full Australian driver licence, such as a family member or friend.
3 for 1 bonus hours
When you have a 1-hour structured lesson with your licensed driving instructor, you can log 3 hours into your log book.
For more information, see Log books.
To be eligible for the 3 for 1 bonus hours, each lesson with the driving instructor must aim to develop your skills according to the principles outlined in your log book.
Driving instructors and courses in NSW
There are many driving instructors and courses in NSW. You may be eligible for 1 free driving lesson with a licensed instructor through Keys2drive.
You can search for a licensed driving instructor near you by using the Keys2drive driving instructor search. You may also want to take the Safer Drivers Course where you can log 20 hours in your log book after doing the course.
The cost of driving lessons
The cost of a driving lesson with a licensed driving instructor varies across NSW. Most instructors work through private businesses and the price is set by that business.
It's a good idea to research which driving instructor is right for you and to make sure they are qualified to teach you how to drive.
Choosing a driving instructor
It's a good idea to ask your driving instructor any questions you may have about the lesson or their qualification.
Some questions you may ask your instructor:
- are they a fully licensed driving instructor?
- do they design each lesson with the learner driver and their supervising driver?
- do they have supporting education materials to give students?
- do they teach safe (low-risk) driving?
- are they a member of an association with a Code of Practice?
- is the training one-on-one?
- is there a choice of vehicle?
- do they use the 'Beyond Test Routes' program to teach low-risk driving skills?
Driving instructors for other licence types
Driving instructors are not only there for learner drivers. They can help a person with a P1, P2 or an Unrestricted Driver Licence improve their driving skills.
If you are looking for a licensed driving instructor, use the Keys2drive driving instructor search tool.
Conduct of driving instructors
The Driving Instructors Act has strict standards that driving instructors must meet. This is to protect you and the community, and to benefit the driving instruction industry.
Driving instructors are investigated by Transport for NSW if they breach the Driving Instructors Act.
If you think someone has breached this Act, you can make a report by phoning us on 13 22 13.