Driving instructor FAQs

General information

Can I renew my driving instructor authorisation?

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), CPVV have paused issuing renewals for currently authorised driving instructors. This means some driving instructors will be authorised, but may not be in possession of an up-to-date Authority card or ID card to prove this. To check whether a driving instructor is currently authorised, please visit the Public Register and enter their DIA number.

Is CPVV offering any financial help to authorised driving instructors during the pandemic?

CPVV appreciates the financial difficulties that many Victorians are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To assist, we are pausing the driving instructor authority renewal fees until further notice. This includes any renewal invoice received recently. Please do not pay these until further notice.

Do CPV industry cleaning laws apply to driving instructors?

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 in Victoria, the CPV cleaning laws have been extended for 12 months until 1 October 2022.

These laws do not apply to driving instructors. But you should still clean regularly and follow all advice from the Department of Health.

Our infographic on the safest way to clean CPVs may also be useful for you:

Reduce the risk - how to clean CPVs PDF, 840.4 KB

What cleaning is required before a driving test?

VicRoads has reviewed our COVIDSafe Plan and Safe Operating Procedures for VicRoads light vehicle drive tests in line with public health advice and occupational health and safety requirements. The following updates have been made.

For VicRoads drive tests conducted from Monday 24 October 2022:

VicRoads has reviewed our COVIDSafe Plan and Safe Operating Procedures for VicRoads light vehicle drive tests in line with public health advice and occupational health and safety requirements. The following updates have been made.

  • Sanitising: VicRoads will no longer require the vehicle owner/operator to sanitise high touch surfaces before the test (however, it is strongly recommended that you continue to do so).

Do I need to make hand sanitiser available for students?

Driving instructors are not required to have hand sanitiser in their vehicle, but we strongly recommend it.

We also recommend using a hand sanitiser with more than 60% alcohol content - in line with CPV industry laws.

Do driving instructors need a COVIDSafe Plan?

Yes. All businesses in Victoria that have people working on or customers attending any premises must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place.

A driving instructor providing lessons in their vehicle is considered to have on-site operations under these restrictions.

Do driving instructors and students need to wear face masks?

VicRoads has reviewed our COVIDSafe Plan and Safe Operating Procedures for VicRoads light vehicle drive tests in line with public health advice and occupational health and safety requirements. The following updates have been made.

For VicRoads drive tests conducted from Monday 24 October 2022:

  • Face masks: wearing of face masks within the drive test vehicle is strongly recommended for all participants (including VicRoads staff, driving instructors, interpreters and customers) but is no longer mandatory. Please check coronavirus.vic.gov.au for advice on when to wear a face mask in Victoria.

Service Victoria QR Code Requirement - Record keeping

Are driving instructors required to use the Service Victoria QR code in their vehicle?

  • Checking-in via the Service Victoria app is no longer required in driving instructor vehicles, as of 6.00pm Friday, 18 February 2022.

Vaccine

Are driving instructors eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines?

Yes. Visit the COVID-19 vaccine program for more information.

If I get the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to continue to be COVIDSafe?

Yes. COVIDSafe practices remain vital for everyone whether you’ve been vaccinated or not. No vaccine is 100 per cent effective. We must all remain COVIDSafe.

This means Driving Instructors should:

  • Keep records of students in your vehicle. Visit Driving instructor FAQs for more information on record keeping requirements.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in your vehicle with recommended products, after each lesson.
  • Comply with your COVIDSafe Plan
  • Wear a face mask - mask requirements for VicRoads drive tests remain in place until further notice
  • Not attend work if you are unwell or displaying even the mildest of symptoms. If you have symptoms, however mild, get tested and then stay home until you get your result.

Please keep playing your part in keeping everyone safe. This means:

  • If you have any symptoms, get tested and isolate until you get a negative result.
  • Make sure you get tested regularly (at least every eight weeks), even if you don’t have symptoms.

Please also note that VicRoads requires you to clean your vehicle prior to the commencement of each drive test. This includes general cleanliness and sanitation of key touch points on the vehicle, including car door handles, steering wheel, handbrake and seatbelts. Please ensure if a test is terminated, a sanitation is conducted of the vehicle controls prior to taking over from the applicant.

Visit Our safe operating procedures for licence testing for more information.

Where can I find information on the COVID-19 vaccine program in another language?

For more information on the vaccine program is available in multiple languages and can be found on the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine information in your language webpage.

Do I have to get a COVID-19 vaccine as a driving instructor?

The new pandemic orders do not contain any vaccination requirement with respect of driving instructors

Can I require that my student has a COVID-19 vaccine?

Students are not required to provide proof that they have had a vaccine to take lessons. However, students participating in a VicRoads drive test are required to be boosted (fully vaccinated) or provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the appointment. Visit Our safe operating procedures for licence testing for more information.

Businesses providing driving instructor services may also require those utilising their services to be vaccinated, on health and safety grounds. Visit Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and your rights on the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission website.

Vaccination requirements for VicRoads services and light Vehicle Drive Tests

VicRoads has reviewed our COVIDSafe Plan and Safe Operating Procedures for VicRoads light vehicle drive tests in line with public health advice and occupational health and safety requirements. The following updates have been made.

For VicRoads drive tests conducted from Monday 24 October 2022:

  • Vaccination: participants are no longer required to provide evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative Rapid Antigen Test result.