Before you hit the road, it’s a no-brainer that you need to have a license to drive legally around the country. But before you can qualify for a driver’s license, you need to apply for a student license first at the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
To help you with your application, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get an LTO student license:
Qualifications you need to meet
Filipino applicants must be at least 16 years old. They must be physically and mentally fit to operate a vehicle. They must have the ability to read and write in Filipino, English, or applicable local dialect. And lastly, they must have completed a Theoretical Driving Course.
Requirements you need to prep
Make sure you have all the documents below for a hassle-free application:
1. Accomplished Application for Permits and Licenses (APL) Form from the LTO website
2. Electronically transmitted medical certificate from an LTO-accredited medical clinic. Submission of one photocopy and presentation of original medical certificate
3. Presentation of original and submission of one photocopy of any of the following:
- PSA/NSO Birth Certificate
- Philippine Identification Card
- Local Civil Registry (for areas where there is no PSA)
- PSA Certificate of Marriage
4. For applicants below 18 years old, preset parental or guardian’s consent with original and photocopy of the parent or guardian’s valid ID with photo and signature
5. Presentation of original and submission of one photocopy of any valid ID with photo and signature of the applicant
6. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if employed
7. Presentation of the original and submission of one photocopy of the Certificate of Completion of the 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (Has to be electronically transmitted to LTO by the accredited driving school or LTO DEC / LTO Accredited TESDA Training Center)
How to get an LTO Student License
On the day of your errand to the LTO office, here’s what you should do:
1. Visit any LTO center, district, or extension office
2. Proceed to the customer service window to get a number
3. Submit the ADL and all the requirements
4. Have your photo and signature taken
5. Pay the fees at the cashier. Remember to keep the official receipt issued to you
6. Proceed to the releasing and get your student permit
7. Sign the release form
You can apply for a Non-Professional Driver’s License after one month of getting your student permit. And if you’re planning to get a Professional Driver’s License, you can do so after six months of having a student permit.
BONUS – Non-Pro Driver’s License Qualifications
Now that you know how to get an LTO student license, here’s a sneak peek of your next step toward obtaining a Non-Pro License!
Make sure that as an applicant, you are a holder of a Student Permit for at least one month from issuance. You must have attended and passed the Practical Driving Course (PDC), Automated Theoretical Examination, and Practical Driving test.