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How to get an LTO Professional driver’s license

Do you want to drive for a living in the Philippines?

A professional driver’s license is one of the main things that you’ll need to have. This will allow you to drive a tricycle, jeep, taxi, bus, etc. (depending on the license restriction).

If you’re looking forward to having a Professional driver’s license then…

Check out the qualifications, requirements, and procedures below to obtain one.

QUALIFICATIONS you need to apply for a Professional driver’s license

  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
  3. Must be literate in either Filipino or English
  4. Must be clean, neat and presentable (don’t wear underskirt/sando alone, sports shorts, and slippers during examinations and picture-taking)
  5. If applying for RC 1, 2 4, and 6: must have a valid Student Permit or Non-Professional Driver’s License that was issued 6 months before application; if applying for RC 3, 5, 7, and 8: must have a valid Non-Professional Driver’s License that was issued 1 year before application
  6. Must not have a record of two (2) or more counts of driving recklessly during the validity of existing licenseNote:For foreigners, the applicant must have been in the Philippines for one month minimum with proof that he/she will stay in the country for at least one year from day of application.

REQUIREMENTS you need for a Professional driver’s license application

  1. If applying for RC 1, 2 4, and 6 – a valid Student Permit or Non-Professional Driver’s License that was issued 6 months before application; if applying for RC 3, 5, 7, and 8 – a valid Non-Professional Driver’s License that was issued 1 year before application
  2. Filled out driver’s license application form (ADL) [Download ADL form here]
  3. Medical Certificate (hard copy) stating that you are physically and mentally fit to drive a vehicle. This must be issued by an accredited LTO medical clinic and registered physician. (A copy of the certificate must be electronically uploaded by the clinic/physician to the LTO IT system)
  4. Taxpayer’s identification number (TIN)
  5. Valid National Bureau Investigation (NBI) or Philippine National Police (PNP) clearance
  6. Must have passed written (click here for a FREE LTO reviewer) practical driving exam.

Note:

For foreigners, original and photocopy of both passport and working visa with a duration of at least one (1) year from application date; or if born in the Philippines, present original and photocopy  of birth certificate authenticated by NSO.

STEPS and PROCEDURES to obtain a Professional driver’s license

  1. In your nearest LTO licensing center, proceed to the customer service counter and secure a driver’s license application form. You can also download the ADL form here and have it filled out before transacting to any LTO office.
  2. Get a checklist of requirements and a queue number from LTO customer service counter and wait for your number to be called.
  3. Once your number is called, go to the evaluator counter to submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
  4. When your name is called, proceed to where your photo and signature would be taken.
  5. Go to the cashier and pay the application fee.
  6. Wait for your name to be called for the practical exam.
  7. After you’ve passed the practical exam, proceed to the waiting area and go to the cashier once your name is called and pay for all the necessary fees to obtain an official receipt (OR)
  8. Proceed to the releasing counter once your name is called and present the OR to claim your Professional driver’s license.

If it makes it easier for you, here’s an infographic:

Infographic of how to get lto pro license

Venue

Any licensing center and district/extension office that accepts new driver’s license transactions.

Fees and charges

Fees and chargesAmount in Php
Application fee₱100.00
Computer fee₱67.63
License fee585.00
Computer fee₱67.63
Total₱820.26

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but only if your license is a Professional drivers license as there are three types of driver licenses in the Philippines:

  1. Student Permit license
  2. Non-professional license
  3. Professional license

A professional driver’s license is an official document that authorizes a person to drive public utility vehicles (PUV) such as tricycle, taxi, jeepney, bus, truck, or become a chauffeur for any lucrative purpose.

The total cost of a student permit is ₱820.26.

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How to Get an LTO Student Permit: Requirements, Qualifications, and Steps – 2019

Do you want to drive your own vehicle?

If so, you’ll need to have a driver’s license. To get a driver’s license the first step is to get a Student Permit and to do that you’ll need to know what LTO Student License requirements are.

Why is it needed?

An LTO Student Permit will enable you to practice driving and eventually apply for a driver’s license. If you’re looking forward to having your own Student Permit then see the qualifications, requirements, and procedures below.

LTO Student License Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS you need to apply for a Student Permit license

  1. Must be at least 17 years old
  2. Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
  3. Must be literate in either Filipino or English

REQUIREMENTS you need for a Student Permit license application for 2019

  1. Filled out driver’s license application form (ADL) [Download ADL form here]
  2. Birth Certificate (Original and photocopy)
  3. If you are under 18 years old: an original copy of parental/guardian consent and original and photocopy of any (1) valid Government-issued ID with signature of your consenting parent/guardian
  4. Medical Certificate (hard copy) stating that you are physically and mentally fit to drive a vehicle. This must be issued by an accredited LTO medical clinic and registered physician. (A copy of the certificate must be electronically uploaded by the clinic/physician to the LTO IT system)

 Note: 

  1. If a birth certificate is unavailable, any of the two will suffice:
  • Joint affidavit of two disinterested persons who know the applicant and who can attest to his/her age and identity accompanied by non-availability of record from NSO or local civil registry office.
  • Any legal document to prove his age and identity (e.g. GSIS, SSS, Passport or any government issued ID)
  1. Applicants below 18 years old need a parent’s or guardian’s written consent with a photocopy of an ID card as proof of identity. The written consent must be notarized if the parent or guardian is not available.

STEPS and PROCEDURES to obtain a Student license 

  1. In your nearest LTO licensing center, proceed to the customer service counter and secure a driver’s license application form. You can also download the LTO student permit form (ADL form here) and have it filled out before transacting to any LTO office.
  2. Once your number is called, go to the evaluator counter to submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
  3. When your name is called, proceed to where your photo and signature would be taken.
  4. Go to the cashier and pay the application fees to obtain an official receipt (OR)
  5. Proceed to the releasing counter and present the OR to claim your student driver’s permit.

If it makes it easier for you, here’s an infographic:

Infographic of steps to get a LTO student permit

Venue

Any licensing center and district/extension office that accepts new driver’s license transactions.

Fees and charges

Fees and chargesAmount in Php
Student Permit fee₱150.00
Application fee₱100
Computer fee₱67.63
Total₱317.63

What happens next?

An LTO Student Permit has a one year validity period. This gives you ample time to hone and practice your driving skills, learn the road signs and traffic rules, and prepare for the LTO Driving Test.

Bear in mind:

Applicants who fail the Basic Driving Theory Test and/or the Practical Driving Test twice shall not be allowed to apply for the same within a period of 1 year. An applicant who fails either of the tests for the third time will not be allowed to apply for a period of 2 years.”

So be sure to:

Take your actual and written driving lessons by heart. To help you pass the LTO written exam, you can use our free English reviewer and Tagalog reviewer.

We wish you luck in your journey. We hope that you’ll get your non-professional or professional driver’s license.

Drive safely!

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer: The total cost of a student permit is ₱317.63.

Answer: Yes, but you can only drive under the supervision of at least a non-pro license holder.

Answer: You must be at least 17 years old to qualify for a student permit license.

Answer: No, you don't have to take any test to get a student permit.

Answer: A student permit license is only valid for one year.

Answer: Yes, a student permit is a valid ID.

Answer: You may bring any of the following.

  • Joint affidavit of two disinterested persons who know the applicant and who can attest to his/her age and identity accompanied by non-availability of record from NSO or local civil registry office.
  • Any legal document to prove his age and identity (e.g. GSIS, SSS, Passport or any government issued ID)
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How Te Get a LTO Non-Professional Driver’s License: Requirements, Qualifications, Procedures – 2019

Maybe you’ll agree with me when I say:

Getting a license in the Philippines is a challenge. But it is less of a challenge than driving itself.

And before you are allowed to drive your own private vehicle, you need to have a Non-professional driver’s license.

Below are what you need to obtain a Non-professional driver’s license:

The qualifications, requirements, and step-by-step procedures.

Non-professional license requirements

Qualifications

  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
  3. Must be literate in either Filipino, English or local dialect
  4. Must be a holder of a valid student permit
  5. Must be clean, neat and presentable (don’t wear underskirt/sando alone, sports shorts, and slippers during examinations and picture-taking)

Note:

For foreigners, the applicant must have been in the Philippines for one month minimum with proof that he/she will stay in the country for at least one year from day of application.

Requirements

  1. Student permit (at least 1 month old to be valid)
  2. Filled out driver’s license application form (ADL) [Download ADL form here]
  3. Medical Certificate (hard copy) stating that you are physically and mentally fit to drive a vehicle. This must be issued by an accredited LTO medical clinic and registered physician. (A copy of the certificate must be electronically uploaded by the clinic/physician to the LTO IT system)
  4. Must have passed the written (click here to prepare for your LTO exam) and practical examinations*.

*Applicants who fail the Basic Driving Theory Test and/or the Practical Driving Test twice shall not be allowed to apply for the same within a period of 1 year. An applicant who fails either of the tests for the third time will not be allowed to apply for a period of 2 years.

Note:

For foreigners, original and photocopy of both passport and visa; or if born in the Philippines, present original and photocopy  of birth certificate authenticated by NSO.

STEPS and PROCEDURES to obtain a Non-professional driver’s license.

  1. In your nearest LTO licensing center, proceed to the customer service counter and secure a driver’s license application form. You can also download the ADL form here and have it filled out before transacting to any LTO office.
  2. Get a checklist of requirements and a queue number from LTO customer service counter and wait for your number to be called.
  3. Once your number is called, go to the evaluator counter to submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
  4. When your name is called, proceed to where your photo and signature would be taken.
  5. Go to the cashier and pay the application fee.
  6. Proceed to the Lecture Room for the lecture and written exam.
  7. After you’ve passed the practical exam, proceed to the waiting area and go to the cashier once your name is called and pay for all the necessary fees to obtain an official receipt (OR)
  8. Proceed to the releasing counter once your name is called and present the OR to claim your non-professional driver’s license.

If it makes it easier, here’s an infographic:

Infographic of steps to take to get a non-professional license

Venue

Any licensing center and district/extension office that accepts new driver’s license transactions.

How much is the Non Pro driver’s license?

Fees and chargesAmount in Php
Application fee₱100.00
Computer fee₱67.63
License fee₱585.00
Computer fee₱67.63
Total820.26

What happens next?

A Non Professional license is valid for five years, it is also works as a valid ID.

Bear in mind:

Before trying to get a Non-Pro license you have to secure a Student Permit first and be able to practice driving using it. Check out our how-to guide on getting your LTO Student Permit.

If you fail the exam, there’s a limit to how many times you can retake the LTO exam so before taking the exam make sure to prepare.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Follow the steps above to obtain a Non Professional license.

You must be at least 18 years old to qualify for a student permit license.

The total cost of a student permit is ₱820.26.

Student permit license Filled out driver's license application form Medical certificate that you are fit to drive Passing score of both written and practical driving exams

The passing score for non-professional driver exam is 30 out of 40.

A driver's license applicant can retake the LTO exam one month after failing either or both written and actual driving tests. If you fail on the second attempt, you'll have to wait for one year to be able to reapply. Lastly, failure to pass the driving test on the third try and you'll have to wait for two years before you can reapply again.

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Driver’s License Requirements: The Definitive Guide 2019

Driver’s License Requirements

Aching to drive your own car? Driving your own car will give you privileges that you won’t have with public transportation. It will allow you to carry whatever you want; make it easier for you to follow your hobbies; make your travel safer from would-be robbers and avert hold-up crimes; and it will enable you to go places that are just difficult to get to by bus, jeep, or tricycle.

To be able to drive your own motor vehicle here in the Philippines you’ll need a driver’s license from the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

A driver’s license is an official document authorizing an individual to drive a motor vehicle in the Philippines. The LTO issues three types of driver’s licenses: Student Permit, Non-professional driver’s license, and Professional driver’s license. In this article you will find driver’s licence requirements for all three types of LTO licenses.

Student Permit, Non-professional, and Professional driver’s licenses: What’s the difference?

Student Permit

A Student Permit is an official document authorizing an individual to drive a motor vehicle in the presence of a licensed driver. Getting a Student Permit is the first step to do before you can apply for a driver’s license. Click here to see the LTO Student Permit requirements.

Non-professional driver’s license

A Non-professional driver’s license is an official document that authorizes an individual to drive motor vehicles for private use only, and never for a lucrative purpose. If you plan to drive a private vehicle, or even a motorcycle for a private purpose only, a Non-professional driver’s license is perfect for you.

Professional driver’s license

A professional driver’s license is an official document that authorizes a person to drive public utility vehicles (PUV) such as tricycle, taxi, jeepney, bus, truck, etc., or become a chauffeur for a lucrative purpose. If you want to earn a living as a driver you will need a Professional driver’s license.

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Driver’s License Renewal: LTO Non-professional – 2019

A Non-professional driver’s license will expire 3 years after it was acquired or renewed. Drivers that has not been apprehended for any traffic violation during the 3-year validity period of their driver’s license can apply for a 5-year validity period of their license upon renewal. Its expiration date is the same as its owner’s birthday, making it easier to remember when to renew it.

List of Requirements

  • Non-professional license card due to expire or expired (for not more than 2 years)
  • Filled out driver’s license application form (ADL)
  • Medical certificate and negative drug test result (from a DOH or LTO-accredited drug testing center or hospital)

STEPS and PROCEDURES

  1. In your nearest LTO license renewal center, proceed to the customer service counter and secure a driver’s license application form. You can also download the ADL form here and have it filled out before transacting to any LTO office.
  2. Get a checklist of requirements and a queue number from LTO customer service counter and wait for your number to be called.
  3. Once your number is called, go to the evaluator counter to submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
  4. When your name is called, proceed to where your photo and signature would be taken.
  5. Go to the cashier and pay the application fee to get your official receipt (OR)
  6. Proceed to the releasing counter once your name is called and present the OR to claim your Professional driver’s license.

Fees and charges

Fees and chargesAmount in Php
License fee plus computer fee₱652.63
Total₱652.63
Penalty fees for expired licenseAmount in Php
1 day to 1 year₱75.00
1 year to 2 years₱150.00
More than 2 years₱225.00
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Driving in the Philippines with a Foreign Driver License

Foreigners who hold a valid driver’s license issued by the road authority of their home country can drive here in the Philippines for up to 90 days after their arrival provided that their license is in English. If the foreign driver’s license is not in English, the foreigner should have an official English translation from the local embassy of the issuing country.

If you plan to drive and stay longer than 90 days, you must get a local driver’s license from the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

To get an LTO driver’s license you can either convert your foreign license into a local one or you can apply for a new one at your nearest LTO licensing center.

How to convert a foreign driver’s license to a Philippine driver’s license

REQUIREMENTS you need to convert your foreign license to a Philippine license

  • Original and a photocopy of valid foreign license. The applicant must submit an official English translation from the local embassy of their issuing country if their foreign driver’s license is not in English.
  • Original and a photocopy of visa and stamp or alien certificate of registration (ACR), available at the Immigration Office, if the applicant temporarily resides in the Philippines.
  • Valid passport with the applicant’s current arrival date in the Philippines
  • Medical certificate and negative drug test result (from a DOH or LTO-accredited drug testing center or hospital)
  • Filled out driver’s license application form (ADL)
  • If employed: Taxpayer’s identification number (TIN), in compliance to Executive Order 98 & MC ACL-2009-1251

Note:

  • Applicants with expired foreign driver’s license are required to undergo both written and practical examinations. Click here for a free LTO reviewer.
  • The license is not qualified for conversion if the issuing country does not have an embassy in the Philippines.

STEPS and PROCEDURES for foreign driver’s license conversion

  1. In your nearest LTO licensing center, proceed to the customer service counter and secure a driver’s license application form. You can also download the ADL form here and have it filled out before transacting to any LTO office.
  2. Get a checklist of requirements and a queue number from LTO customer service counter and wait for your number to be called.
  3. Once your number is called, go to the evaluator counter to submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
  4. When your name is called, proceed to where your photo and signature would be taken.
  5. Go to the cashier and pay the application fee.
  6. Proceed to the Lecture Room for the lecture and written exam.
  7. After you’ve passed the practical exam, proceed to the waiting area and go to the cashier once your name is called and pay for all the necessary fees to obtain an official receipt (OR)
  8. Proceed to the releasing counter once your name is called and present the OR to claim your Professional driver’s license.

Fees and charges (as of January 2015)

Fees and chargesAmount in Php (Valid Foreign License)Amount in Php (Expired Foreign License)
Application fee₱100.00
Computer fee₱67.63₱67.63
Licensing fee₱350.00₱350.00
Conversion fee₱100.00₱100.00
Total₱517.63₱617.63
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How to get an MTOP (Motorized Tricycle Operator’s Permit)

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MTOP (Motorized Tricycle Operator’s Permit) is a necessary document for one to be qualified to use and operate a motorized tricycle for any livelihood purposes. Whether for a local delivery or transportation business. If you’re planning to use a motorized or electric tricycle for business or livelihood then you need to get a MTOP first and foremost. MTOP has a validity of three (3) years and local application fees vary for different cities and towns here in the Philippines.

QUALIFICATIONS you need to apply for a MTOP (Motorized Tricycle Operator’s Permit)

  1. Must be a Filipino citizens
  2. Partnership or corporation whose capitalization is sixty percent (60%) Filipino owned

 

MTOP Requirements:

  1. Community tax certificate
  2. Certificate of registration from LTO (original and photocopy)
  3. Proof of purchase or official receipt of purchased tricycle unit (original and photocopy)
  4. Barangay clearance that indicates residency
  5. Certificate or letter of reference from TODA
    Photocopy copy of driver’s licence
  6. Two (2) copies of 2×2 colored ID picture

 

Where to Apply?

MTOP application can be conducted at any Franchising and Regulatory Board office nearest your local town or city.

 

STEPS and PROCEDURES in order to get a MTOP

  1. Go to local Franchising and Regulatory Board office nearest you and present the list of requirements
  2. Present the motorized or electric tricycle unit to Traffic Management Group (TMG) at local municipal or city hall
  3. Proceed to Franchising section of Business Permit and License office and present all the required documents
  4. Wait for all your fees and charges to be assessed
  5. Go to the License division of the Treasurer’s office and pay all required fees
  6. Claim your MTOP and sticker

 

Fees and Charges:

Fees and chargesAmount in Php
MTOP filing fee₱50.00
Inspection fee₱20.00
Permit fee₱75.00
Franchise fee (paid once every 3 years)₱300.00
Fare adjustment fee₱50.00
Regulatory fee (paid annually)₱100.00
Provisional permit fee (paid every 3 months)₱75.00
Total₱670.00

 

Take note that these charges vary in other Municipalities, so to verify the exact fees and charges you may need to got to or phone the nearest local Municipal Hall where Franchising Regulatory Board usually is located.

 

 

 

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