LTO’s Driver’s License Renewal: Step-by-step guide to online & offline process

LTO’s Driver’s License Renewal

Now that we have discussed all about the driver’s license renewal process-related requirements, cost and eligibility, it is time to dive into the process. Yes, with all the preparation done, let us get the license renewal process started before it is too late and hefty fines come our way.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Can my 55-year-old father get his license renewed?

    Yes, LTO has no age limit set for driver’s license renewal. However, the applicant needs to be physically and mentally fit, along with meeting all qualifications.
  • Can the Comprehensive Driver’s Education be skipped by an applicant?

    No, LTO requires all license renewal applicants to complete the Comprehensive Driver’s Education.
  • At the time of license renewal, will I have to retake the driving test?

    Yes, if your driver’s license has expired for over two years or you have incurred 10 or more but less than 40 demerit points.
  • So, without any delay, let’s get started with the LTO driver’s license renewal process.

    Ways to renew driver’s license in the Philippines

    • Driver’s license in the Philippines can be renewed in two ways -
    • In person at the LTO office
    • Online through the LTMS Portal

    LTO’s Driver’s License Renewal

    Driver’s license renewal process in LTO Office

    Step 1: Head to your nearest LTO office, try reaching a bit early to skip the long queue

    Step 2: Get the queue number and patiently wait for your chance. Once called, ask for the Application for Driver’s License (ADL) form. Duly accomplish the ADL and get it ready for submission.

    Step 3: Submit the ADL form along with all the required documents and your queue number.

    Step 4: Proceed to the Cashier window and pay the required fees.

    Step 5: It’s time to take the written exam. The outcome of which could be positive or negative. The former will lead the applicant to a driving test, while the latter will force the applicant to come back again and retake the exam.

    Step 6: It's time for the driving test, the outcome of which, again, could be positive or negative. The latter will force the applicant to come back again and re-apply for license renewal, while for the former, the applicant will go to the cashier to pay the fee.

    Step 7: Next proceed to the encoding and biometric window and accomplish the form for encoding of complete details in the new LTO-IT system.

    Step 8: Wait for the Driver’s License and Official Receipt.

    Step 9: Sign in the log sheet

    Driver’s license renewal process via LTMS Portal

    The LTMS portal was created with the user’s convenience in mind. It is a one-stop online platform which integrates all LTO services in a single database system. It rolled out in 2020, and since then, it has become an integral part of every LTO transaction. It allows users to transact with the LTO at their convenience (from anywhere, anytime) along with many more benefits, including -

    • 24/7 access to LTO-related transactions and documents
    • Fast LTO transactions and services at all times
    • LTO document processing is safe and secure
    • Higher chances of clearing the Theoretical Exam (using e-learning modules)
    • Stress-free checking of license status

    LTO’s Driver’s License Renewal

    However, anyone wishing to transact with the LTO via the LTMS Portal first needs to register for an account. The entire process is explained here in detail; however, here is a quick recap.

    Step 1: Visit the LTMS portal (http://portal.lto.gov.ph.)

    Step 2: Select ‘Register Now’

    Step 3: After reading the Terms of Agreement, click the tab reading ‘Yes, I Accept’.

    Step 4: Enter the required security code (as appearing before you on the screen) and click Next

    Step 5: Select the type of registration (individual or organization)

    Step 6: Next, you’ll be asked whether you have a license, click ‘Yes’ and provide the following info - Fill in the required information, including license number, expiry date, serial number etc. Click Next and enter contact information

    Step 7: Check your inbox for the LTMS verification link

    Step 8: Click the link and enter the required information (emergency contact, address, medical info, and general info)

    Step 9: The user will get a 15-digit number that’ll serve as the username

    Also Read: LTMS Portal Online: All you need to know from registration to requirement

    Time for license renewal

    Step 1: Login into the LTMS Portal via the assigned 15-digit username or your email address and the nominated password.

    Step 2: Out of the five given choices (Licensing, transactions, violations, documents, and profile), select Licensing

    Step 3: For first-time users, click on the Licensing tab, and you will be directed to a form wherein they need to fill up personal info inorder to complete the user profile. Next, the user will be redirected to the dashboard, where they’ll need to click on Licensing again. A seasoned user, on the other hand, needs to just click on the Licensing tab and proceed as follows

    Step 4: Click the blue Accept button after reading the LTMS Terms of Use

    Step 5: Online application form will appear here select Driver’s License under the classification tab

    Step 6: Add your medical certificate number by clicking on ‘Add Medical Certificate’ and click verify

    Step7: In the online application form, select ‘Renewal’ as the type of application and click Next

    Step 8: Select your preferred LTO Office & appointment schedule

    Step 9: Pay the driver’s license renewal fee via the preferred payment method

    Step 10: On the date of appointment, show up at the selected LTO Office a little earlier than the scheduled time

    Now, all you need to do is head to the nearest LTO office, take the required test, pay the cashier and collect your renewed license.

    Also Read: Here’s how to check LTO transaction status online

    Driver’s license renewal process for Filipinos living abroad/OFWs

    For Filipinos living abroad, renewing a driver's license might seem like too much work, but that’s not the case. OFWs visiting the country or their authorized representative within Metro Manila can renew OFWs driver’s license. While the representative needs to head to LTO District Offices or Licensing Centers and get the renewal application, the OFW, upon arrival, needs to head to the LTO License Section Central/Office.

    LTO’s Driver’s License Renewal

    OFWs Driver’s license application renewal process via representative

    Step 1: Head to the nearest LTO office

    Step 2: Collect the Driver’s License Application Form from the customer service counter along with the requirement checklist and a queue number.
    Note, that the said form can be downloaded online.

    Step 3: Submit all the required requirements at the Evaluator Counter for verification

    Step 4: At the cashier counter, the representative needs to pay the corresponding fee

    Step 5: Collect the Driver’s License Receipt from the Releasing Counter, which will serve as the OFWs temporary Driver’s License

    Next, it is the OFWs turn, upon returning to the country, needs to visit the LTO Office (where its representative applied for license renewal) within 30 days after arriving in the country. Upon reaching the LTO office, OFW needs to submit additional requirements, go to the photo-taking and signature area and wait. Once called out, OFW must head to the Releasing Counter and present the Driver’s License Official Receipt to claim the renewed license. Lastly, OFWs will need to fill up the release form.

    Driving license renewal process in advance

    LTO allows applicants to renew their driver’s license 60 days before the expiry date. However, the same can be done as early as 61 days to 1 year in advance; however, there is a catch. The interested applicant needs to prove that at the time of license expiry, he/she will be out of the country. The process of advance renewal is as follows -

    Step 1: Visit any Licensing Centers or District Offices with Driver’s License transactions

    Step 2: Collect the Driver’s License Application Form from the customer service counter along with the requirement checklist and a queue number.

    Step 3: Submit all the required requirements at the Evaluator Counter for verification

    Step 4: Go to the photo-taking and signature area and wait.

    Step 5: Go to the cashier counter, pay the corresponding fee, and collect the Official Receipt when called out.

    Step 6: Collect the Driver’s License Receipt from the Releasing Counter, which will serve as the OFWs temporary Driver’s License.

    Step 7: Fill up the release form.

    LTO’s Driver’s License Renewal

    Key tips for driver’s license renewal process

    • Before visiting the LTO office, make sure all your documents are ready and complete
    • Try reaching the LTO office a bit early so that your application process is complete within a day
    • Try prepping up for the exam by going through materials on the LTMS Portal
    • Reach LTO dressed appropriately (no slippers, shorts, etc)
    • Make sure to collect medical certificates from LTO-accredited clinics
    • Make sure all traffic violations are settled before license renewal

    Bottom Line

    Overall, driver’s license renewal may seem like a hassle, but over the years, the LTO has streamlined and simplified the process. So, go ahead and get your license renewed.

    Also Read: Navigating the Philippine driver’s license application process

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