How to Get a Driver’s License in the Philippines

One of the many milestones in a person’s life is when he finally obtains his driver’s license. The card represents his freedom and responsibility to drive the streets of his country safely. It also means that he is mature enough to handle driving with finesse and cunning ability. 

There are three types of driver’s license in the Philippines: the student’s permit for those who are learning how to drive, non-professional license for driving private vehicles, professional license for driving both private and public vehicles, and conductor’s license for special purposes like conducting carriages.

In order to obtain a certain license, here are the standards that need to be followed:

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Student’s permit

The person must be at least 16 years old, can clearly understand written and spoken Tagalog and English, and must be physically and mentally able to drive a vehicle.

Requirements:

1. Accomplished form of Application for Driver’s License

2. Valid ID proving age and identity

3. Notarized parental consent for minors

Procedure:

1. Go to your nearest LTO Office and proceed to the customer service counter to check the validity of the requirements. Get a number and wait for it to be called.

2. When your number is called, proceed to the corresponding counter and submit requirements.

3. Go to the photo-taking area where the LTO employee will take your picture and signature.

4. Pay the fees (PhP 317.63 in total) and get a receipt.

5. Present the receipt at the releasing counter and get your permit.

Non-professional permit

The person must be at least 17 years old, can clearly understand written and spoken Tagalog and English, presentable, not a drug user or an alcoholic, and must be physically and mentally able to drive a vehicle. The procedure for obtaining a student’s permit also applies to non-professional permits with fees amounting to PhP 417.63.

Requirements:

1. Accomplished form of Application for Driver’s License.

2. Valid student’s permit received at least a month before the application for non-professional license.

3. Medical certificate with receipt from government physicians or LTO accredited centers.

4. Drug test result (negative) from government hospitals DOH accredited centers.

5. TIN

6. Passed written and practical examinations conducted by the LTO

Professional permit

The person must be at least 18 years old, can clearly understand written and spoken Tagalog and English, presentable, not a drug user or an alcoholic, not afflicted with epilepsy or other contagious diseases, and must be physically and mentally able to drive a vehicle. The procedure for obtaining a student’s permit also applies to professional permits with fees amounting to PhP 417.63.

Requirements:

1. Accomplished form of Application for Driver’s License in the Philippines.

2. Valid student’s permit received at least five months before the application for professional license.

3. Medical certificate with receipt from government physicians or LTO accredited centers.

4. Drug test result (negative) from government hospitals DOH accredited centers.

5. TIN

6. NBI, Police or Court clearance

7. Passed written and practical examinations conducted by the LTO.

Application procedure and requirements for a professional permit are the same with those of a conductor’s license. The only difference being the type of written and practical test given as the license requires.