A simple 5-step guide to the entire 2022 LTO driver's license renewal process

Here’s everything you need to know
by Drei Laurel | Sep 6, 2022
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PHOTO: Land Transportation Office

Be honest: With all the changes that have been made to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) driver’s license renewal process over the past couple of years, do you still remember how to go about it? Chances are many of you have forgotten already.

So, what do you do? Well, we can tell you this: Don’t just drop by your nearest LTO license renewal branch on a whim. If you do so, you’ll likely be sent home as there are several steps you need to accomplish ahead of your visit.

“Wait, what?”

Okay, let us make this easy for you. Are you renewing your driver’s license? Well, the entire process and a comprehensive breakdown of your requirements can be found in the guide below:

Step 1: Register at the LTO LTMS Portal

LTMS stands for ‘Land Transportation Management System.’ Here’s the link.

If you don’t already have an account, you have to register by clicking the ‘Register’ tab at the top of the LTMS homepage. From there, you will be asked to provide your LTO driver’s license number, as well as other basic personal information like your name, address, contact information, and date of birth.

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Once you complete your registration, the LTO LTMS will send a verification link to the e-mail address you provided. This link will only be valid for 24 hours, so be sure to check your e-mail as soon as possible. After you click it, you will be asked to create your password—and that’s it.

Step 2: Take the online validation exam (OVE)

So now you have an LTO LTMS account. What’s next?

After you create your LTO LTMS account, you will need to take the agency’s Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) online validation exam. This test is comprised of 25 questions, and takers need a score of at least 13 to pass.

If you’re unsure about your motoring knowledge, the LTO also has driver’s license renewal reviewers available on the LTMS website. To access these, select the ‘E-Learning’ tab at the top of the LTO LTMS homepage and click on ‘Driver’s License Renewal Course.’

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Step 3: Print your validation exam certificate

So you managed to get at least 13 of the CDE exam’s questions correct and have passed the test. From there, you will be sent to a page where you can print your OVE certificate. Print a copy or two as you will be asked to submit these at the LTO driver’s license renewal branch you will visit.

Step 4: The medical exam

Save yourself some time and drop by an LTO-accredited clinic before proceeding to your branch for license renewal.

Once you arrive at the clinic, you will be asked to fill out basic medical forms and questionnaires. Here you will provide your basic information as well as any medical conditions you suffer from. Clinic staff will then take your vitals (height, weight, and you will also be asked to provide your blood type).

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After you provide all your information, you will then have to settle your payment. In the case of the motorists who recorded this process for this story, the fee amounted to P500.

Following payment, you will be asked to wait to be called for the medical exam proper. This consists of an eye exam and hearing test. If you pass, you will be given your medical certificate. Don’t lose it as you have to present this at your LTO license renewal branch.

Step 5: Proceed to an LTO driver's license renewal center

Submit your printed OVE and medical certificate at the counter. If all your requirements are in order, you will be asked to settle your payment and wait.

Once you are called, your photo and fingerprints will be taken and you will be given the opportunity to change the signature on your driver’s license card.

From here, your card will be printed and released with an official receipt. Upon receiving your new card, you will be asked to register its license number and your name.

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And that’s it. That wasn’t so hard now was it? Be sure to share this guide with any friends or family who need to go through the LTO’s driver’s license renewal process in the near future.

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