Is your driver's license already expired or about to expire?

If you happen to be living in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, you're in luck. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) recently announced that the validity of the driver's license, student permit, and conductor's license has been extended until July 31, 2021.

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According to the LTO, the validity extension applies to individuals with permits/licenses that expired during Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). With it, individuals that need to get around can still legally drive a vehicle with their current driver's license/student permit.

Take note, however, that this extension is for those living in NCR Plus only. That means if your license is about to expire soon but live outside the NCR Plus bubble, you need to visit your nearest LTO and have it renewed.

With the three-month extended validity, motorists need not worry about being flagged down by the MMDA, LTO enforcers, or the PNP-HPG for driving with an expired license. But can you renew your driver's license/student permit right away?

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Well, not exactly. The LTO also announced that all of its offices in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are closed until April 30, 2021.

With cases continuing to spike, the LTO's decision to extend the validity of licenses/permits is a sound one. The last thing people need to worry about is having to visit the LTO office for renewal.