I finally got my driver’s license. Yey!
I can now traverse the Philippine road driving my own car, alone, and legally.
And finally, I can go out of town any time I want. I’m excited.
If you already know how to drive and want to drive on the road legally here in the Philippines too, getting your driver’s license is not too difficult. Yes, it takes a little bit of effort and some amount of money and you are good to go.
Step 1. Prepare your requirements. Below are the qualifications and requirements listed in the LTO website. When I went to LTO East Avenue yesterday, I brought with me my Student’s Permit and the original receipt.
- Must be at least seventeen (17) years old.
- Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
- Must not be a drug user or alcoholic.
- Must be able to read and write in Filipino or English.
- Must be clean, neat and presentable (wearing of sando, playing shorts and slippers during photo-taking and examinations will not be allowed).
- Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
- Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
- Valid Student Permit (at least 1 month old)
Step 2. Proceed to the Customer Service Section. Get the driver’s license application form and fill it out correctly. Choose the right restriction code depending on what vehicle you are ready to get licensed for. Since I was out to get my non-professional license (I don’t have plans of making driving a living), I selected restriction code #2. This code applies to both manual and automatic cars. Since I drive a manual Toyota Vios, this is what I chose.
If you are driving automatic cars only, you can select restriction code #4.
The Customer Service Section will also give you the requirements checklist and your queue number. At the same time, If you do not have a medical certificate yet, the staff will refer you to an LTO accredited clinic which is jus also nearby.
Beware of fixers around the area. The LTO East Avenue main branch is plagued with too many of them. Get your license the legal way. It’s going to be worth it.
Step 3. Proceed to get your medical certificate. The medical check-up is just a breeze. Nothing really happens there except that you pay P200 for the doctor to check your Blood Pressure and check your vision. It’s finished in about 10minutes.
Step 4. Go back to LTO and wait for your number to be called. LTO East Avenue is well-organized. In just a short wait, you will be called and your filled-out application form, student’s permit with its original receipt, and the medical certificate will be collected. The staff will validate your requirements and encode your details in the computer. Prepare to pay P167.63 for the application and computer fee.
Fees and Charges:
|Application Fee||Php 100.00|
Step 5. Wait for your name to be called for your ID photo. Prepare to be called for your photograph. Practice your smile as you only have one chance to get your ID photo taken for a license that will stay with you for the next 3 years. If you are lucky, you will have a good photograph in your ID.
Step 6. Proceed to the review room. The review proctor will hand you a reviewer. The reviewer contains the exact questions you will encounter in the examination room, but not exactly on the same exact arrangement, of course. The same reviewer also contains the answer to the questions. Take advantage of this and read through all the pages and understand the questions and the answers.
The reviewers available online may help you but I recommend you just read through the reviewer that will be handed to you. It’s more practical.
Step 7. Take the exam. My reviewer was in Tagalog. I am not very good in Tagalog but because I didn’t want to be confused any further with translating the Tagalog into English, I took the Tagalog version of the exam.
There are 40 questions for the non-pro takers. LTO only need you to get 30 items correct to pass the test. I recommend that you sit next to the wall for you to have good vantage point of the traffic signs posted on the wall. These signs are going to help you answer the questions on the test too.
Do not even attempt to ask your seatmate what the answer is to #30. Your test paper is not the same as his.
Pray that your name will not be called to go back to the examination room after the test. If your name is called, that means you failed the test and you cannot take the test again until after one month. That’s pretty annoying.
So take your time when reviewing inside the review room and always look at the walls of the examination room for the answers to the traffic sign questions.
Step 8. Take the practical test. If you have a car, you can use it for the practical test. You can also use the test cars in LTO itself. I paid P250 for mine for the manual car.
The practical test is easy. The proctor will just want to evaluate if you can start the engine right, operate the clutch, the break, and the gas pedals correctly, navigate the steering wheel with ease, drive through a bridge, and then park the car correctly too.
Step 9. Go back to the LTO office to pay for your license. Once you are done with the test, go back to the cashier and wait for your name to be called. Prepare P417.63 for your driver’s license.
|License Fee||Php 350.00|
Step 10. Wait for your driver’s license. After you make your payment, you are now ready for your driver’s license and official receipt. Keep your driver’s license and official receipt together. The DL will not be valid without the OR.
Step 11. Take a selfie and upload your photo with your blurred DL on Facebook. And let your friends know you can legally drive now. Yey!
All-in-all, I paid a total of P835.26 to get my non-professional Driver’s License with restriction code 2. That already included the fee I paid for the car I used during the practical test.
If you want to use your car, remember that you cannot bring it to LTO unless you have someone with a driver’s license to drive it for you.
And remember. Driving is a privilege, not a right.