The Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Office (DOTr-LTO) has rolled out the driver’s license cards with five-year validity. Held at the LTO main office on East Avenue, Quezon City, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and LTO chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante oversaw the release of the new license cards. The DOTr chief himself tried out the new system of applying for a driver’s license.
Aside from the new system which will facilitate the processing of driver’s license cards, Tugade also reminded LTO employees to give quality service to the public. In his speech, he pushed for the stoppage of fixers and corruption within the the agency. The secretary also lauded the efforts of Galvante and LTO personnel for finally finding the solution to the issue of driver’s license. Tugade himself tried the new system and submitted the filled out application at the designated window for processing of an LTO employee.
Galvante said that those who will apply for new driver’s license and those who will renew old ones at National Capital Region-LTO offices will get their plastic cards on the same day. Meanwhile, those who applied for driver’s license October last year would be getting their plastic cards starting next week.
The old cards which have three-year validity are made of PVC material, and were thermally printed and have limited security features, said Galvante. The new license cards are now laser engraved and made of polycarbonate material. Galvante says the new cards more durable and also have several security features.