Driving instructor FAQs

A permit system is now in place for crossing the border with South Australia. Find more information on the DHHS website.

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? (new 17/11/20)

Vehicle cleaning laws for the CPV industry are in effect from 18 November 2020.

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

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

Do I need to make hand sanitiser available for students? (new 17/11/20)

An approved hand sanitiser must be available to CPV passengers for every CPV trip that starts in Victoria. 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.

Roadmap for reopening

Can driving instructors provide their services under the roadmap for reopening? (updated 11/11/20)

Driving instructors are allowed to operate under each step of the roadmap for reopening.

There are no restrictions relating to where in Victoria the instructor operates or who they can provide their services to.

All businesses and industries permitted to operate in Victoria must follow the COVIDSafe principles:

  • ensure physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • practice good hygiene
  • keep good records and act quickly if staff become unwell
  • avoid interactions in enclosed spaces where possible
  • create workforce bubbles
  • wear a fitted face mask. A fitted face mask must cover the nose and mouth. Face shields, bandanas, or scarves on their own are not acceptable face coverings.

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

Each industry will also have a different restriction level depending on which step we are in. They are detailed in the links below:

What is a workforce bubble? (updated 11/11/20)

In creating a workforce bubble you should keep groups of workers rostered on the same shifts and limit the number of workers working across multiple sites.

Fill details of workforce bubbles are outlined as part of a COVIDSafe plan.

Do driving instructors need a COVIDSafe plan? (updated 11/11/20)

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 onsite operations under these restrictions.

What requirements do driving instructors have to have in place to operate? (updated 23/11/20)

For a driving instructor to operate in any Step of the roadmap, you must:

  • Wear a fitted face mask when when working (unless you have a lawful reason not to). If you are driving alone or only travelling with people from your household, you do not need to wear a face mask. However, if you are going through a drive-thru, or are winding down your window to speak to someone, you must wear a fitted face mask. When leaving your vehicle and away from home, you must put on a face mask when indoors or where you can’t maintain 1.5 metres distance from others.
  • clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in your vehicle with recommended products, after each lesson.
  • comply with your COVIDSafe plan.
  • 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.

Who can provide driving instruction under the Third Step of the industry roadmap for reopening? (updated 11/11/20)

Under the Third Step, driving lessons can be undertaken by any learner driver.

Driving Instruction can be provided by supervising drivers who are full licence holders. This may include family members or other adults within the learner’s household, volunteer mentors* and qualified driving instructors.

No one should participate in a driving lesson or drive test if they are unwell. If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested and stay home until you receive your results.

*The TAC L2P Program assists learners between 16 and 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence. The young learners are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle, which they can use to get supervised driving experience. Notably, mentors and learners do not live in the same household.

What do current restrictions under the Third Step of the industry roadmap for reopening mean for licensed driving instructors in metropolitan Melbourne? (updated 11/11/20)

Professional driving instructors must follow the requirements of the ‘Open with COVIDSafe Plan’ industry restriction level. Under the ‘open with a COVIDSafe Plan’ industry level you must:

  • Ensure staff can work from home wherever possible
  • Apply density quotient for some settings
  • Ensure staff follow current public health directions when carpooling.

Fitted face masks must be worn at all times.

See Metro Melbourne industry restriction levels.

See Regional Victoria industry restriction levels.

Do licensed driving instructors need a worker permit? (updated 11/11/20)

No. Under the Third Step of the roadmap to reopening you are not required to have a permitted worker permit.

Where can a licensed driving instructor provide a driving lesson? (updated 11/11/20)

There are currently no distance restrictions. You may travel anywhere within Victoria to provide a driving lesson.