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
- Must be at least 17 years old
- Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
- Must be literate in either Filipino, English or local dialect
- Must be a holder of a valid student permit
- Must be clean, neat and presentable (don’t wear underskirt/sando alone, sports shorts, and slippers during examinations and picture-taking)
- Must pass the written and practical driving examination
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 six months from day of application.
- Student permit (at least 1 month old to be valid)
- Filled out driver’s license application form (ADL) [Download ADL form here]
- 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)
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Get a checklist of requirements and a queue number from LTO customer service counter and wait for your number to be called.
- Once your number is called, go to the evaluator counter to submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
- When your name is called, proceed to where your photo and signature would be taken.
- Go to the cashier and pay the application fee.
- Proceed to the Lecture Room for the lecture and written exam.
- 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)
- 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:
Any licensing center and district/extension office that accepts new driver’s license transactions.
How much is the Non Pro driver’s license?
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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 17 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.