Nationwide issuing of 10-year driver's license begins next month

Good news for those that need to renew their driver's license this December.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently announced that starting next month, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will start issuing driver's licenses with 10-year validity nationwide. Duterte confirmed this in a prerecorded session of “Talk To the People”.

“By December 2021, the LTO commits that all its offices nationwide will be issuing licenses with a 10-year validity,” said Duterte.

Initially, the LTO first rolled out the new driver's license that is valid for 10 years in its offices in Quezon City last October 28. It was then followed by LTO branches in Metro Manila which recently started issuing 10-year valid driver's licenses this month.

“The rest of the offices in the NCR (National Capital Region) shall start issuance of the same in November 2021, to be followed by all other regions progressively,” added Duterte.

Despite several issues surrounding the 10-year validity (such as the periodic medical exams for 10-year DL holders), Duterte says that this will greatly benefit motorists.

“Ang lisensiya ng ating mga [motorist] sa driving sa lahat is good for 10 years. Wala nang renewal-renewal na madalian. You have 10 years to drive. Baka hindi mo maubos ‘yang period na ‘yan. Ten years is a long haul,” added Duterte.

[The motorists' license for driving is good for 10 years. No need to renew it for a shorter period of time. The extended validity period is too long for driving].

Looking to get your own 10-year valid driver's license? Better take the LTO's Comprehensive Driving Exam (CDE) first which you can take online. Check out how you can register and take the test by reading our feature story about the LTO CDE.