How to Get a Driver’s License in the Philippines

Arms Dealer FTW
Arms Dealer FTW
on January 11, 2013
How to Get a Driver’s License in the Philippines

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) issues three (3) types of Driver’s License in the Philippines. The Student’s Permit is issued to people who are just learning how to drive. The Non-Professional License for the people driving private vehicle. And lastly, the Professional License for the those engaged in business such as Public Utility Vehicles.

There are several requirements to apply for a Driver’s License and varies depending on the type of Driver’s License you’re applying.

Below are the Driver’s License Type, Requirements, Fees and Procedures according to type.

How to Get a Driver's License in the Philippines

Source: NYTimes.Com

For Student’s Permit

  • Must be at least sixteen (16) years old.
  • Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must be able to read and write in Filipino or English.

Student’s Permit Requirements:

1. Original with photocopy of birth certificate.

    In the absence thereof, any of the following:

  • Joint affidavit of two (2) disinterested persons who know the applicant and who can attest to his/her age and identity accompanied by non-availability of record from NSO or local civil registry office.
  • Any legal document to prove his age and identity such as GSIS, SSS, Passport or any government issued identification card.

2. For applicants below 18 years old, require parent’s or guardian’s written consent with photo copy of ID Card to prove his/her identity. If not accompanied by parent/guardian, the written consent must be duly notarized.

3. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN) if employed

4. Duly accomplished Application for Driver’s License (ADL).

Student’s Permit Fee:

Fees and Charges Amount
Student Permit Fee P 150.00
Application Fee P 100.00
Computer Fee P 67.63
Total P 317.63

Student’s Permit Procedures:

1. Proceed to the Customer Service Counter to get your checklist of requirements and secure a Driver’s License Application Form. Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.

2. When your number is called, proceed to evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.

3. Proceed to the Photo taking /Signature Area to have your picture and signature taken when your name is called.

4. Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called to pay the necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt.

5. Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called and present the Official Receipt and claim the Student Driver’s Permit

Student Permit for Foreigners Requirements:

1. Original and photocopy of passport with visa duration of at least five (5) months from date of application and any of the following:

  • Valid Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR).
  • If born in the Philippines, original and photocopy of birth certificate.
  • If student, original and photocopy of school ID.

2. For applicant below 18 years old, require parent’s or guardian’s written consent with photocopy of ID card to prove his/her identity. If not accompanied by parent/guardian, the written consent must be duly notarized.

3. Duly accomplished Application for Driver’s License (ADL).

Student Permit for Foreigners Procedures:

1. Proceed to the Customer Service Counter to get your checklist of requirements and secure a Driver’s License Application Form. Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.

2. When your number is called, proceed to evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.

3. Proceed to the Photo taking /Signature Area to have your picture and signature taken when your name is called.

4. Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called to pay the necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt.

5. Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called and present the Official Receipt and claim the Student Driver’s Permit.

Where to Apply Student Permit for Foreigners:

For Metro Manila Applicants: Licensing Section – Central Office East Avenue, Quezon City

For Provincial Applicants: Any Licensing Center/ Designated District Office

New Non-Professional Driver’s License

Non-Professional Driver’s License Qualifications:

  • Must be at least seventeen (17) years old.
  • Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must not be a drug user or alcoholic.
  • Must be able to read and write in Filipino or English.
  • Must be clean, neat and presentable (wearing of sando, playing shorts and slippers during photo-taking and examinations will not be allowed).

Non-Professional Driver’s License Requirements:

1. Duly accomplished Application form for Driver’s License (ADL).

2. Valid Student Permit (at least 1 month old)

3. Medical Certificate with Official Receipt (from LTO accredited or Government physician)

4. Negative drug test result (from a DOH accredited drug testing center & Government Hospital)

5. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN) if employed

6. Must have passed the written and practical examinations

Non-Professional Driver’s License Procedures:

1. Proceed to the Customer Service Counter to get your checklist of requirements and secure a Driver’s License Application Form. (This form is available for download here. You can accomplish this form prior to transacting your business at the LTO.) Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.

2. When your number is called, proceed to evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.

3. Proceed to the Photo taking /Signature Area to have your picture and signature taken when your name is called.

4. Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called to pay the application fee.

5. Proceed to the Examination Room for the lecture and written exam.

6. After passing the written examination, wait for your name to be called for the practical exam.

7. After passing the practical examination, proceed to the Cashier when your name is called for payment of necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt.

8. Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called, present the Official Receipt and claim the Card type license.

Where to Apply Non-Professional Driver’s License:

Any Licensing Center/ District Office with New Driver’s License Transactions

Non-Professional Driver’s License Fees and Charges:

Fees and Charges Amount
Application Fee P 100.00
Computer Fee P 67.63
Total P 167.63
Fees and Charges Amount
License Fee P 350.00
Computer Fee P 67.63
Total P 417.63

New Professional Driver’s License

New Professional Driver’s License Qualifications:

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Must not be a drug user or alcoholic.
  • Must not be afflicted with any contagious disease or epilepsy.
  • Must be able to read and write in Filipino or English.
  • Must be clean, neat and presentable.

New Professional Driver’s License Requirements:

1. Duly accomplished Application form for Driver’s License (ADL) [Download this form here].

2. Valid Student Permit (at least 5 month old / NP – 4 month old)

3. Medical Certificate with Official Receipt (from LTO accredited or Government physician)

4. Negative drug test result (from a DOH accredited drug testing center & Government Hospital)

5. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)

6. Clearances

a. NBI or Police or Court Clearance

7. Must have passed the written and practical examinations

New Professional Driver’s License Procedures:

1. Proceed to the Customer Service Counter to get your checklist of requirements and secure a Driver’s License Application Form. (This form is available for download here. You can accomplish this form prior to transacting your business at the LTO.) Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.

2. When your number is called, proceed to evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.

3. Proceed to the Photo taking /Signature Area to have your picture and signature taken when your name is called.

4. Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called to pay the application fee.

5. Proceed to the Examination Room for the lecture and written exam.

6. After passing the written examination, wait for your name to be called for the practical exam.

7. After passing the practical examination, proceed to the Cashier when your name is called for payment of necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt.

8. Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called, present the Official Receipt and claim the Card type license.

Where to apply New Professional Driver’s License:

Any Licensing Center/ District Office with New Driver’s License Transactions

New Professional Driver’s License Fees and Charges:

Fees and Charges Amount
Application Fee P 100.00
Computer Fee P 67.63
Total P 167.63
Fees and Charges Amount
License Fee P 350.00
Computer Fee P 67.63
Total P 417.63

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Arms Dealer FTW

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