June 02, 2014

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    Whether you’re a foreigner or local, applying for a Philippine Driver’s License is pretty easy if you know the procedures and the requirements needed to be submitted. Here are two types of procedures in getting a driver’s license as a foreigner in the Philippines.

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    1. Converting your foreign driver’s license to a Philippine driver’s license

    Obtaining a Philippine Driver’s License will not be difficult if you already have a valid driver’s license from your country. It is stated in the first paragraph of Chapter III, Sec. 21 of the Republic Act (RA) 4136, otherwise known as the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code”:

    “Bona fide tourists and similar transients who are duly licensed to operate motor vehicles in their respective countries may be allowed to operate during but not after (90) days of their sojourn in the Philippines.”

    You may only be allowed to convert your foreign driver’s license to Philippine driver’s license once you have stayed within a period of 90 days from the day of your last arrival in the Philippines. You can apply through  the main branch of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) along East Avenue, Quezon City. The classification you must apply for is Non Professional Driver’s License if you are not driving for a living (e.g. coach drivers, chauffeurs, etc.). You must bring and complete the following requirements:

    • Duly accomplished Application for Driver’s License (which can be obtained at the office or downloaded here)

    • Original and 1 copy of foreign license (if such license is not written in English, you must submit an official English translation from the consular or Embassy of your country)

    • Original and machine copy of valid passport showing the latest date of your arrival in the Philippines

    • Original copy of Medical Certificate issued by LTO accredited physicians

    • Original copy of negative drug test result issued by Department of Health (DOH) Accredited Drug Testing Center or government hospitals

    • If your foreign license is expired, you will undergo written and practical examination

    • Fees for Non-professional classification:

                    » License Fee – Php 585

                    » Application Fee – Php 100

                    » Conversion Fee – Php 100

                    » Computer Fee – Php 67.63

    Procedures:

    1. Proceed to the Customer Service Counter to get your checklist of requirements. Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.

    2. When your number is called, proceed to evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.

    3. Proceed to the Photo-taking/Signature Area to have your picture and signature taken when your name is called.

    4. Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called for payment of necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt.

    8. Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called, present the Official Receipt and claim the Card type license.

    2. Applying for a student’s permit and new Philippine driver’s license

    If you do not have an existing driver’s license from your country and wish to apply for a new one in the Philippines, your application will follow the regular procedure. You must acquire a student’s permit first at the LTO East Avenue Branch. To apply for this, you must submit the following requirement hen you apply for a student’s permit:

    • Duly accomplished Application Form for Driver’s License (which can be obtained at the office or downloaded here)

    • Original and photocopy of passport with visa duration of at least 5 months from the date of application

    • Original ACR (Alien Certificate of Registration)

    • Fees for Student’s Permit:

                    » Student’s Permit Fee – Php 150

                    » Application Fee – Php 100

                    » Computer Fee – Php 67.63

    Procedures:

    1. Proceed to the Customer Service Counter to get your checklist of requirements. Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.

    2. When your number is called, proceed to evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.

    3. Proceed to the Photo-taking/Signature Area to have your picture and signature taken when your name is called.

    4. Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called to pay the necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt.

    5. Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called and present the Official Receipt and claim the Student Driver’s Permit.

    Student’s permit is valid for 6 months and can be used to apply for a non-professional driver’s license after 1 month. The process for applying for a new one will be similar to converting a foreign driver’s license. However, you are required to take a written and practical examination as standard procedure.

    Please note that when applying for a driver’s license in the Philippines, you must be clean, neat and presentable for photo-taking. Wearing of t-shirts, short pants and slippers is not allowed.

    For more information, you may visit the official website of LTO.

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