Here are the LTO’s new requirements for driver’s license applications in 2020

If you’ll be applying for a non-professional driver’s license soon, read this
by Leandre Grecia | Aug 31, 2020
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We’ve already covered the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) requirements for new student permit applications, so this time we’ll give you guys a rundown on the process for acquiring non-professional driver’s licenses (NPDL).

Before we list down the actual requirements, though, we’ll quickly run through the general qualifications. First and foremost, the applicant must be at least 17 years of age and must be a holder of a valid student driver permit issued at least 30 days prior to the application.

Now, for the list of requirements, read on.

Requirements for LTO non-professional driver’s license application

1) Accomplished Application for Driver’s License (ADL) form

Like with the student-permit application, the LTO will be issuing ADL forms upon arrival at the agency’s office. The applicant will simply need to accomplish these forms and submit them to the office to begin the process.

2) Medical certificate from LTO-accredited clinic

The applicant must also submit a hardcopy of his medical certificate from any LTO-accredited clinic. The clinic will also electronically transmit to the LTO a copy of the said certificate.

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3) Original and valid student permit ID

Those who will be applying for NPDLs, as mentioned, must be existing student permit holders. But applicants must still bring their original and valid student permit IDs when applying for a new NPDL.

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4) Practical Driving Course Completion Certificate

As mentioned in our previous stories, the LTO started requiring driving course completion certificates starting August 3, 2020. The two types of certificates are for theoretical driving courses (TDCs) and practical driving courses (PDCs). The former is required for student permit applicants, while the latter is mandatory for NPDL applications.

PDCs are eight-hour courses that the driver must undergo prior to beginning the application. The lessons must also be administered by LTO-accredited driving schools who will then be the ones to issue the official course completion certificates. For a list of accredited schools, you can click here.

After completing and submitting all these requirements, applicants must still take and pass the written and practical exams. Both examinations will be taken at the LTO offices on the same day of the application. If the applicant fails the practical exam, he will be advised to re-apply for a license at least 31 days from the date of the initial application.

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The exams will also be tailored according to the restriction codes applied for. If a license holder wishes to change the restrictions of his license after the acquisition, he may then need to take a new practical exam. If you wish to read more on the LTO’s current restriction codes for driver’s licenses, you can click here.

As for foreigners who wish to apply for a non-professional driver’s licenses in the Philippines, they must also present their original passports and submit one photocopy to the LTO. The entry date must be at least one month prior to application, and the visa duration, if applicable, must be valid for at least six months from the date of application. If the foreigner was born in the Philippines, he must submit an original and photocopy of his birth certificate duly authenticated by the National Statistics Office or the Philippine Statistics Authority.

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