Yet another effort to improve our country's road safety, Land Transportation Office (LTO) issued a memorandum last December 2019 to Standardize the Driving Education.

The goals are the following:

  • Improve the quality of driver's education.

  • Ensure that driver's licenses are issued only to deserving applicants with sufficient driving skills and knowledge on the road safety and proper road courtesy.

  • Ensure compliance of driving institutions and uniformity of driver education course components.

  • Raise the standard of instruction and develop safety consciousness and positive attitudes to minimize road incidents.

We know! At first we may think that the upgrade is a lot. But come to think of it, it is for everybody's safety.

We have to be reminded that DRIVING IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT. We know that more than once you were frustrated by reckless drivers and atleast once you almost got into an accident.

So, to cut to the chase, what has changed? Read below to understand more.


The requirements stayed the same, with additional courses to take. Filipinos and Foreigners who are 16 years old and above and holder of expired driver's license (10 years or more) may avail the said permit.

To get a Student's Permit, you'll need the following:

  1. Duly accomplished Application for Driver's License (ADL).

  2. Original and photocopy of birth certificate and marriage contract (for married women) duly authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO) /Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

  3. For minors, original copy of duly notarized parent's consent or affidavit of a person having custody/care or supervision over the minor applicant authorizing the applicant to secure a student permit with original and photocopy of one (1) valid government issued ID of the parent/affiant with photo and signature.

  4. Original and one copy of any issued ID with photo and signature of the applicant.

  5. Electronically transmitted Medical Certificate in LTO prescribed form issued by LTO accredited clinic.

  6. Electronically transmitted Certificate of Course Completion from accredited Driving School. (15 hours theoretical course)

  7. In addition, for foreigner, original and one photocopy of passport with entry date of at least one (1) month and visa duration of at least one (1) year from date of application, or if born in the Philippines, original and photocopy of birth certificate duly authenticated by NSO / PSA.

  8. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if employed.

Fore more information, visit LTO website here.


From Student's Permit, you can get either a NON PROFESSIONAL or PROFESSIONAL Driver's License. 30 days after you got your Student's Permit, you may apply for Non-Professional Driver's License, or 60 days if you want a Professional Driver's license.

The Difference between the two, basically, is the restrictions on what kind of vehicle you'll operate. For Non-Professional you are only allowed to drive private vehicle. Professionals are allowed to drive public vehicles such as Jeepneys or Taxi's.

The requirements:

  1. Duly accomplished original Application Form for Driver’s License (ADL)

  2. Electronically transmitted Medical Certificate in LTO prescribed form (present hard copy)

  3. Electronically transmitted Certificate of Completion from accredited driving school. (atleast 8 hours of Practical Driving training)

  4. Original valid Student-Driver's Permit.

In addition, if you are getting a Non-professional Driver's License, you need the following:

  1. Original valid National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) or Philippine National Police (PNP) Clearance

  2. Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN)

For more information and renewal, visit LTO website here.

You may download forms here.

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