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Driver's License 101 for first time applicants

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Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Autoindustriya.com | posted January 04, 2016 18:44

Here are the requirements on how to get a student's permit or a driver's license

Excited to get your driver's license and have a taste of motoring freedom? Well, this article intends to help you get one by detailing the requirements and procedures set by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

As per LTO's latest administrative order released last December 10, 2015, below are the requirements on how to get a student permit and a driver's license. Before making your way to the LTO, however, here are some tips that would make the process easier.

SOME TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND

Be early. It pays to be punctual when you're applying for a student permit or a driver's license. For good measure, you should be at the LTO office as early as 7:00AM in order to get ahead of what could be a long queue.

Bring a ballpen. Ballpoint pens are scarce in LTO offices. Better be prepared than sorry and bring your own.

Bring water and snacks. Waiting for your turn could take some time, especially since it will happen a lot from window to window or if the agency's system goes offline. With that, munching on your favorite biscuit can calm your tummy while a bottle of water can quench your thirst.

Entertain yourself. Read a novel, bring a newspaper, or listen to your favorite playlist while waiting in line. In this way, you'll be entertained as the minutes go by.

Complete the documents needed. Before heading to LTO, make sure that all of the documents needed (NBI clearance, Police clearance, NSO Birth Certificate, Medical Certificate, Official Receipts, etc.) are complete and placed in an envelope. Give yourself a week before your date of application to compile them all.

Avoid bringing your car. When getting a driver's license, it's best to have someone drop you off or commute there rather than bringing your own car because parking space in most LTO offices are limited.

Be patient. Always keep your cool and be extra patient while waiting for your turn. The process can be slow and tedious, and you're not the only one going through it.

Don't deal with the fixers. Outside most (if not all) LTO facilities are people that will offer their services (for a fee of course) to illegally speed the process along. These are the fixers, and the LTO is rife with them. Deal only with official LTO personnel.

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REQUIREMENTS

A. STUDENT PERMIT 

I. New Student Permit 

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

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.

Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy (NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt)

Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN) if employed.

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.

II. Student Permit – Minor Applicants

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

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.

Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy (NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt).

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.

Letter of Parental or Guardian Consent with one (1) valid government issued Identification Card containing the signature of consenting Parent/Guardian. 

III. Student Permit – Foreigners

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Must be at least sixteen (16) years old.

Must know how to read and write in English or Filipino.

Must have arrived in the Philippines for at least one (1) month prior to the date of application with LTO and can show evidence from BID/DFA that he will stay in the country for at least five (5) months from the date of application. 

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

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.  

IV. Student Permit – Minor Foreigners (18-years old and below)

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy (NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt)

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines 

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.

      -Letter of Parental or Guardian Consent with one (1) valid government issued Identification Card containing the signature of            consenting Parent/Guardian

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PROCEDURES TO ACQUIRE STUDENT PERMIT:

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 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. 

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B. NEW NON-PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSE TRANSACTIONS 

Non Professional driver's license

I. New Driver's License – Non-Professional

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

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).

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.

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

Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN) if employed.

Must have passed the written and practical examinations.

Valid Student Permit (at least 1 month old).

II. New Driver’s License – Non-Professional, Filipino w/ valid foreign license

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Photocopy of License (in English)

Photocopy of License (not in English)

Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer 

III. New Driver’s License – Non-Professional, Filipino w/ expired foreign license

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Photocopy of License (in English)

Photocopy of License (not in English)

Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer

IV. New Driver’s License – Non-Professional, Foreigner w/ valid foreign license

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Original and Photocopy of Passport

       -Photocopy of Passport with last entry of at least one month prior to date of application and visa duration of at least one year from date of application

Photocopy of License (in English)
      -Photocopy of License (not in English)
      -Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer

V. New Driver’s License – Non-Professional, Foreigner w/ expired foreign license

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Original and Photocopy of Passport

      -Photocopy of Passport with last entry of at least one month prior to date of application and visa duration of at least one year from date of application

Photocopy of License (in English)
      -Photocopy of License (not in English)
      -Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer

VI. New Driver's License – Professional

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Valid SPR (Student Permit)

NBI Clearance

Police Clearance

VII. New Driver’s License – Professional, Filipino w/ valid foreign license

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Photocopy of License (in English)

      -Photocopy of License (not in English)
      -Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer

NBI Clearance

Police Clearance 

VIII. New Driver’s License – Professional, Filipino w/ expired foreign license

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Photocopy of License (in English)
      -Photocopy of License (not in English)
      -Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer

NBI

Police Clearance  

IX. New Driver’s License – Professional, Foreigner w/ valid foreign license

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Original and Photocopy of Passport

      -Photocopy of Passport with last entry of at least one (1) month prior to date of application and working visa duration of at least one (1) year from date of application
      -Photocopy of License (in English)
      -Photocopy of License (not in English)
      -Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer

NBI Clearance

Police Clearance

X. New Driver’s License – Professional, Foreigner w/ expired foreign license

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

Original and Photocopy of Passport

      -Photocopy of Passport with last entry of at least one (1) month prior to date of application and working visa duration of at             least one (1) year from date of application
      -Photocopy of License (in English)
      -Photocopy of License (not in English)
      -Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer

NBI Clearance

Police Clearance 

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PROCEDURES TO ACQUIRE NON-PROFESSIONAL and PROFESSIONAL LICENSE:

LTO driver's license 101

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.

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C. NEW CONDUCTOR'S LICENSE

XI. New Conductor’s License

Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License

Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy

      -NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt

Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines

NBI Clearance

Police Clearance

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The LTO has also released guidelines about License Renewal transactions, Duplicate License transactions and Change of Classification transactions.

In addition, the agency released guidelines on the Revision of Records transaction, information about the Additional Restriction Code and Document Request.

You can view all of this information in full by visiting LTO's official website.