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Obtaining A New Non-Professional Drivers License

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Who Can Apply For A New Non-Professional Drivers License

To apply for a new non-professional drivers license you must:

  • Be the holder of a valid Student Drivers Permit that you have had for at least four weeks and up to one year.
  • Be a Filipino or a foreigner holding a full drivers license from another country. A license not written in English must be accompanied by an official translation from the embassy of the country in which the license was issued.
  • Be a Filipino or a foreigner holding a full but expired drivers license from another country. A license not written in English must be accompanied by an official translation from the embassy of the country in which the license was issued. If you have not driven for a while, it is not a recommended course of action.

Where To Apply

Any Licensing Center/ District Office with New Driver’s License Transactions
To find out where your nearest office is, that accepts this transaction type click on this link. Scroll down past the head office directory. You will come to a downloadable Excel file, listing all the regions. Click on your region and find your nearest office. Give them a ring to ascertain the services they provide, and if necessary the nearest office providing the service you need.

Qualifications

To apply you must be:

  • At least seventeen (17) years old
  • Physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
  • Able to read and write Filipino, English or the applicable local dialect
  • If you are a foreigner you must have been in the Philippines for at least one (1) month with a visa that will allow you to stay at least 12 months from the date of application.

Documents You Will Need

  • An Application for Driver’s License (ADL). This can be downloaded from the LTO website and completed at the licensing centre or at home prior to attending
  • One of the following
    • Valid SP issued at least thirty (30) days from date of application
    • A full valid drivers license from another country. A license not written in English must be accompanied by an official translation from the embassy of the country in which the license was issued.
    • A full valid but expired drivers license from another country. A license not written in English must be accompanied by an official translation from the embassy of the country in which the license was issued.
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed practising physician stating that:
    • You are physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
    • Or otherwise stating any impairment you have and outlining what actions have been taken to ensure you can drive safely. For example uses corrective lenses.
    • Most doctors will have a form they use for this purpose. You can however download a copy of an approved form from here
    • Your medical certificate can be no more than 15 days old.
  • In addition, if you are a foreigner, you will need to provide:
    • Original and photocopy of your passport biometric page
    • The page with last entry stamp which must be at least four weeks ago.
    • The page stamped with a visa stamp lasting at least twelve months from the date of application
    • If you are a foreigner born in the Philippines, you will need the original and a photocopy of your birth certificate duly authenticated by the NSO.

The Process

If You Are A Filipino Citizen Or A Foreigner Holding A Full, Valid, Overseas Drivers License

  • You will present all the documents outlined above that apply to you, to the receiving officer.
  • They will check that you have them all and that where necessary they are completed correctly.
  • The receiving officer will then pass them on to the evaluator.
  • The evaluator will check that the documents qualify you to make the application.
  • If you do the evaluator will encode the application in the system.
  • Your application will then be approved by an Approving officer.
  • You will wait to be called or directed to the area for collecting biometrics, photograph taking and digital signature creation.
  • When you have completed this you will pay the required fees to the Cashier.
  • Upon approval, the Non-Professional Drivers License card with the Official Receipt will be released to you.
  • You will have to write your full name on the release form and sign it.
  • This is valid to your birth date in five years from the date of issue.

Cost

FeeNon-Pro Drivers License, With Current, Valid Overseas License
License Fee585.00
Application Fee100.00
Computer Fee067.63
Conversion Fee100.00
Total852.63

If You Are Converting From A Student Drivers Permit Or Have An Expired Foreign Licence

  • You will present all the documents outlined above that apply to you, to the receiving officer.
  • They will check that you have them all and that where necessary they are completed correctly.
  • The receiving officer will then pass them on to the evaluator.
  • The evaluator will check that the documents qualify you to make the application.
  • If you do the evaluator will encode the application in the system.
  • You will wait to be called or directed to the area for collecting biometrics, photograph taking and digital signature creation.
  • When you have completed this you will pay the required fees to the Cashier.
  • You will then be directed to the area where you can take the Basic Driving Theory Test for NPDL.
  • After you have finished the test you will be immediately told if you have passed or not.
  • After successfully passing the theory test you will be directed to the area where you will take the practical driving test for the restriction codes you have applied for in your Application (ADL).
  • Each Restriction code requires a separate practical driving test.
  • If you pass both examinations, your application will be approved.
    • Should you fail to pass the Basic Driving Theory Test you must wait one month before sitting it again.
    • The same applies if you fail the practical driving test.
    • If you failed to pass any of the written or practical examinations twice within a period of one (1) year then you must wait 12 months before resitting the exam in which you were unsuccessful.
    • If you were unsuccessful three times you will not be permitted to retake the exam for a period of two (2) years from the time of latest failure.
  • Upon approval, the Non-Professional Drivers License card with the Official Receipt will be released to you.
  • You will have to write your full name on the release form and sign it.
  • The license is valid until your birthdate in the fifth year after it is issued to you.

Cost Converting From Student Drivers Permit

FeeCharge
Application Fee100.00
Computer Fee067.63
License Fee585.00
Computer Fee 2067.63
Total820.26

Cost For Holder of Expired Foreign Drivers License

FeeNew Non-Professional Drivers License With Expired Foreign License
License Fee585.00
Application Fee 100.00
Computer Fee067.63
Conversion Fee100.00
Computer Fee 2067.63
Total920.26

Dress Code

All government offices in the Philippines have a dress code. The LTO is no exception
To attend the office for license appointments you must be:

  • Clean, neat and presentable
  • Your Shirt must have sleeves
  • If you wear tops with spaghetti straps you will be turned away/li>
  • Your skirt should be knee length
  • If you wear sports shorts or cut offs you will be denied service
  • You must wear shoes, not slippers or sandals, they must have covered toes

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