Most citizen in the Philippines apply for a non-professional driver’s license as it is categorized to be restricted only for private vehicles and you can apply after one (1) month of your student driver’s permit unlike for a professional driver’s license that will allow you to apply after six (6) months. As noted before (How to apply for a student driver’s permit), driving is a big responsibility. You should be responsible once you obtain your driver’s license. Before applying for a non-professional driver’s license in the Philippines, you should consider these steps:
Step 1: You should know its eligibility and requirements.
An applicant is eligible for applying a non-professional driver’s license if he/she is:
- At least seventeen (17) years old
- Physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
- Able to read and write in Filipino or English
- Clean, neat, and presentable
Wearing of sando, sports shorts, and slippers during photo-taking and examinations will not be allowed.
Requirements for applying a non-professional driver’s license:
- Duly accomplished application form for driver’s license (ADL) [Download Non-Professional Driver’s License Application Form here]
- Valid student driver’s permit (at least one month old) [Here’s how to get a student driver’s permit]
- Medical certificate with official receipt (from LTO accredited or Government physician, valid only for 15 days) If you have a poor vision, you should consult an ophthalmologist and bring an eyeglasses because you might regret of returning back just to have an eyeglasses
Negative drug test result (from a DOH accredited drug testing center & Government Hospital)
- Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if employed
- Must have passed the written examination To pass the exam you should know the Philippine road and traffic rules as well as the ethics in driving. Before taking the exam, the LTO personnel will teach you those things, giving you a reviewer as well. To be more prepared, there’s an LTO Exam Reviewer in this site [Here’s the LTO Exam Reviewer in English] [Here’s the LTO Exam Reviewer in Tagalog].
- Must have passed the practical examination It is important that you know how to drive first before you apply for a driver’s license. You can bring your own car/motorcycle for actual driving examination, or you could use their car/motorcycle, both have fees.
Note: There will be no more drug test required for all driver’s applications & renewals in accordance to Republic Act No. 10586.
Step 2: You should know where to apply.
Venue for applying a non-professional driver’s license:
You can apply at any licensing center/district office with new driver’s license transactions.
Step 3: You should know its procedures.
Procedures for applying a non-professional driver’s license:
- Go to the customer service counter to get your checklist of requirements and secure a driver’s license application form. [This form is available for download here. You can accomplish this form prior to transacting your business at the LTO.] Get a queue number.
- When your number is called, go to the evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
- When your name is called, go to where your photo and signature will be taken.
- Go to the cashier to pay the application fee.
- Go to the Examination Room for the lecture and written exam. (You can review the LTO exam here).
- After passing the written exam, wait for your name to be called for the practical exam.
- After passing the practical exam, go to the cashier when your name is called for payment of necessary fees and obtain an official receipt (OR).
- Go to the releasing counter, wait for your name to be called and present the OR and claim the card type license.
Fees and charges for applying a non-professional driver’s license:
- Never apply with fixers. It’s easy to apply for a Non-Professional Driver’s License, you can do it on your own. Be punctual, in my experience when I applied at noon, there is a little chance of getting into their quota. Perhaps if you go to the LTO office early in the morning (around 6:00 a.m.) you could have a higher chance. Be patient, there are several steps in order for you to obtain a driver’s license. Driving is a passion, so is waiting.
- Non-Professional Driver’s License will expire after
threefive (5) years at your birthday of the expiry year. You should renew it before its expiry day to avoid penalties and charges [Here’s how to renew your existing driver’s license].
- Non-Professional Driver’s License entitles you to only drive private vehicles according to your license restrictions.