If you or anyone you know will be applying for a student-driver permit anytime soon, then take note: Starting April 6, 2020, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will be requiring all applicants of the said permit to take a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course under the agency or any of its accredited driving schools.
This new policy is pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 2019-2176. A section of the memo reads: “Student-drivers permit shall only be issued upon completion of a mandatory theoretical driving course to be conducted by LTO or its duly accredited driving schools for at least 15 hours and shall be completed within two years from start of the course.”
We first reported about this in October, but back then, the LTO didn’t give any confirmation regarding its implementation yet. Now, the policy is set to take full effect in less than a month—at least the part covering student-driver applicants, that is. You can also view the full document by clicking here.
The memorandum also covers the renewal of existing driver’s license holders, but as of this writing, there’s no word yet on when that policy will begin implementation. We’ll keep you posted about further details. For now, you can refer to our other stories to learn more about other aspects of the LTO driver’s license such as application costs and restriction codes.