The Land Transportation Office (LTO) officially made the new driving course completion certificates a requirement for driver’s license applicants last month. This means that from here on out, those who wish to secure new licenses must complete a Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) or a Practical Driving Course (PDC) prior to application.
To help this advocacy, the LTO has opened a new Driver’s Education Center (DEC) in San Fernando, Pampanga and wherein student-driver applicants can take TDCs for free. The new facility contains two lecture rooms where applicants can complete the 15-hour lecture requirement plus one room wherein they can take exams to acquire a course completion certificate.
Examinations will be supervised by lecturers, and test questionnaires will be given by set to prevent cheating among applicants. The LTO also assures the public that security within the facility will be tight to avoid fixers.
In addition to these, there’s also a small maneuvering track inside the DEC that applicants may use for driving practice, free of charge. However, the LTO will not conduct PDCs or award certificates for such in its new facility. For practical courses, driver’s license applicants may go to LTO-accredited schools or establishments—here’s a full list of that.
“They have to undergo a series of seminars, they have to take and pass the written exam and to have the actual or practical driving. It is in line with our road safety advocacy,” said De Guzman. “Very strict ang implementation natin pag once na makakuha sila ng driver’s license, kailangan, they are fully equipped with all the knowledge which are required from them.”
Now, if you’ll be applying for a new license and are planning to pay the LTO’s new facility a visit soon, you may also want to read more on the requirements for student-permit and non-professional driver’s license applications here and here.