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Everything You Need to Know About the LTO Driving Test (and How to Pass It)

Getting your LTO driver’s license requires you to pass through a written and practical test. They can be quite challenging for some people, but the truth is they’re easy as long as you’re prepared before you take your exam. Here’s everything you need to know about the LTO driving exam (and how to pass it):

Before the Examination

1. Read the Revised Rules

Before you take your test, make sure to read the revised LTO guidelines for issuing non-professional drivers’ license. It’s also good to read up on what other requirements and fees you need so you don’t forget anything when you take your exam.

2. Practice the Exam Reviewer

The new LTO revisions have discontinued the lecture-type seminars they conducted before applicants take their written exams. Instead, they’ve made “all possible questions” in the test public, and are available in English and Tagalog. Many say that the English version is easier to comprehend; however, it’s always best to choose the language you’re most comfortable with.

Familiarize yourself with the reviewer questions, since many of them — especially items pertaining to street signs and symbols — are quite similar to the actual test questions. Note that the reviewer is not a substitute for the actual test itself, so don’t use it as an excuse to get lazy and rely on these materials alone.

3. Practice Hands-On Driving

It’s important for those applying for first-time licenses to practice before the actual test itself. Ask your instructor or mentor to place you on various daytime and night-time scenarios, especially when you’re in these situations:

  • Parking on various streets and locations
  • Driving in narrow alleys and streets
  • Stop-and-go driving, particularly on uphill and downhill roads
  • Driving during bumper-to-bumper traffic
  • Making a U-turn, changing lanes, merging, etc.

Many of these scenarios wouldn’t come up during the practical driving test.  We just want you to gain as much experience as you can so you’re more confident when you take your exam.

Important Tip: If you want to know what you’ll face during the actual driving itself, the LTO application form has an attached “Road Test Score Sheet” that lists the driving points that will be covered during the exam. You can use that as a starting point when you do your practice driving.

4. Prepare the necessary documents

Make sure to bring all your requirements when you go to the LTO. If you’re a student applying for a non-professional driver’s license, it’s important to bring your Official Receipt (OR) together with your Student’s Permit with you. If not, then you will be forced to get an affidavit of loss, which will cost you an additional 2+ hours and a P400 processing and documentation fee.

5. Give yourself a lot of time

Go to the LTO office earlier than 8:00am, possibly two hours before they open. If you’re bright and chirpy early in the morning, be there at the crack of dawn, instead. We can almost guarantee that you’ll do a lot of waiting in between each process (especially on Mondays). For instance, the waiting time for the written test can take around 1-4 hours, while the practical driving test takes an estimated 1-2 hours. Once you pass both exams, you need to wait another 20 minutes to an hour for your license to be released.

How to apply for a driver's licence LTO diagram
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Ideally, the entire application process itself should be finished within (or under) 4 hours, tops. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for the following reasons:

1)  Queuing time is slow. Aside from the basic inefficiencies and red tape involved, some LTO employees prioritize fixers before others. So applicants who pay for their “special services” are asked to wait in line before those who were already there earlier.

2) Some examinees, particularly those who started out late, are asked to come back tomorrow to finish their exams. This further slows down the entire process.

So the important rule you need to remember is this: the earlier you are, the earlier you’ll finish everything.

During the Examination

LTO Driving licence examination room
LTO Driving licence examination room

Written Test

The written exam is almost at the end of the application process itself, after you get your picture taken, write your electronic signature, and pay the Application and Computer Fees at the cashier.

The standard test is divided into seven categories: General Driving Knowledge, Parking, Driving Emergencies, Handling & Driving, Road Signs & Lane Markings, and Road Position. You have the option to choose which test you’re going take: English or Tagalog.

Non-professional license applicants need to get at least 30 out of 40 items to pass, while those who are applying for a professional license need to get at least 45 correct answers out of 60 items.

How will you know if you passed? They will call your name and tell you to proceed to the waiting area for your practical driving test. And how will you know if you failed the test? They’ll call your name and ask you to go back to the examination room once again. They’ll then inform you to retake the test after a month (and you will have to go through the entire application process all over again).

Practical Examination

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The practical driving test requires you to drive on a designated course. There are three ways to take the test:

1. Via your driving school

If you’re taking your test via your driving school, then you don’t need to rent out a vehicle because your school will provide one for you. Often, your school’s representative will ride at the backseat, while the examiner will sit on the passenger seat.

2. Via your own own car

This is our most preferred option. We suggest you bring your own vehicle for three important reasons:

  • You get a much better chance of passing the test when you’re using a car that you’re already familiar and comfortable with.
  • You don’t have to spend P250 to drive a rented car that takes less than an hour to finish.
  • Your already “wrangled nerves” don’t need the added stress of adjusting to an unfamiliar vehicle.

3. Via an LTO vehicle

As we’ve said earlier, you need to pay the LTO P250 to rent out their car. Some of their manual cars are old, so prepare to do an epic battle with hard clutches and pedals from time to time.

Taking the Driving Test

The instructor will ask you what your car’s restriction is before you take your exam. You should already be familiar with this, since you’ve filled it up earlier in your Driver’s License application form.

Driver's license application form LTO
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The examination is done at a driving course, and often includes driving straight on a flat and elevated road, doing tight turns, and parking. It usually takes around 15-45 minutes, depending on the driver. Once it’s finished, the instructor will give you some feedback and read you the test result. You need to get at least 70 out of 100 to pass this test.

After the Examination

You will be asked to go to the Licensing Area and pay the License and Computer Fee at the cashier if you pass the driving exam. It will take approximately 20 minutes to an hour to release your Driver’s License.

Other Tips to help you pass the LTO driving test:

  • You need to pass both the written and practical exams to get your license. If you don’t pass either one or both of the tests, then you can retake the test after a month. If you fail on your second try, then you will have to wait for a year. And if you fail on your third attempt, then you will have to wait two years before you can retake the test.
  • Try to go there during non-peak working days, from Tuesday to Thursday.
  • Be polite when you first meet your examiner. Greet him or her good morning or good afternoon, introduce yourself, and always listen to their instructions.
  • Before you begin your driving test, check your tires, adjust your mirrors, wear your seat belt, and even remind the examiner to wear his. Use your turn signals, honk your horns at the appropriate time especially if there’s another examinee in front of you, keep to your lane, and avoid over-speeding. It’s also important to take your time on the road. Many drivers fail because they didn’t take the time to slow down and think about what they’re doing.
  • Practice reverse parking, since you may have to do this when returning your rental car back to its place. Or you may be asked to do one when needed.
  • If you don’t know which is the nearest LTO branch in your area, save yourself some time by calling the following numbers:
    • LTO Manila East District – 7155979
    • LTO Malabon -2855785
    • LTO Metropoint -8325492
    • LTO Las Pinas – 8752030
    • LTO District Pasig – 6314355
    • LTO MRT Ayala – 8172280
    • LTO Southern Paranaque – 8524616
    • LTO Pasay – 8525325
    • LTO Novaliches – 4178039
    • LTO Eastern District San Juan – 7236821
    • LTO PUVRC – 9219014
  • Don’t use fixers. Not only is this dishonest, but it can lead you to accidents on the road. You’ll also spend a lot compared to getting your license legally. Fixers normally charge P700 for a student permit, P2,500 for a non-professional driver’s license, and P3,500 for a professional driver’s license. On the other hand, it only costs less than P1,200 to get your license legally–and you get to sleep with a good conscience at night. Here is our breakdown of the LTO driving test costs:
Transaction Cost*
Medical Examination Php 100.00
Application Fee + Computer Fee Php 167.63
Driving Test Fee Php 400.00
License Fee + Computer Fee Php 417.63
TOTAL COST Php 1,085.26

 


*This is an old price list. LTO changed SOME of it fees last October 2016, and still hasn’t updated it in its website. Make sure to clarify with your specific LTO branch first.

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129 Comments

  1. Baby jane
    February 4, 2017 at 3:13 am — Reply

    bakit sa LTO las piñas 250 ang medical

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2017 at 1:53 pm — Reply

      sa cebu city LTO bakit 400 ang midical nila eh ihi lng nman ang kinuha for drugtest ,pagktpos tapos na daw.. ang dali lng pala 400 agad..

      • April 26, 2017 at 1:50 am — Reply

        Hi,
        Please make sure you’re only using LTO-accredited companies for your medical exam. If I’m not mistaken, eye check and physical assessment lang ang ginagawa sa examination. So it’s really suspicious if they’re taking urine samples, since there are no drug tests given anymore.

        • kendo
          May 20, 2017 at 10:48 am — Reply

          Good evening po sabi nyo dito 100 lang ang medical e bakit sa tagaytay city cavite na extension office 300 php ang singil nila pa check nyo ito agad agad credited ito ng lto dahil katapat lang imbestigahan nyo at hindi nawawala ang palakasan system don mismong tauhan ng lto don may kasabwat na fixer..

          • May 20, 2017 at 11:05 am

            Hi Kendo,
            The price list I gave there is an old one, so please contact LTO for the correct rates. They’re ALWAYS the first ones you should go to for all your questions and clarifications.

            And when it comes to medical exam fees, paiba-iba yan. LTO has no say when it comes to these fees since they are supposedly operated by private companies. Best you can do is to choose those that offer cheaper rates. Marami diyan — you don’t have to settle with the first one you see. Try others in different locations. Iwasan mo yung mga nasa malls, since many charge higher than the rest.

        • Rolando
          October 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm — Reply

          Dito po sa kawit cavite 250 ang medical,sa tagaytay 300.bakit ganun hindi parehas eh parehas naman LTO govt agency.

          • October 9, 2017 at 6:05 am

            Hi Rolando,
            Hindi “under ng LTO” ang mga medical companies–they’re independent businesses. Comments here have more info.

  2. Wilson Amar
    February 23, 2017 at 9:43 pm — Reply

    Sir pwd po ba dalhin ang motor sa lto kahit student palng.for drive test

  3. jhon
    March 8, 2017 at 8:47 am — Reply

    ano ibig sabihin ng license fee (PDI) sa LTO dagupan

    • March 8, 2017 at 9:19 am — Reply

      Hi Jhon,
      If I’m not mistaken, this is for someone who wants to get a Professional Driving Instructor (PDI) license.

      To be sure, it’s best to contact LTO Dagupan’s office:
      Address: Ab Fernandez Avenue Barangay West 2400 Dagupan City Pangasinan
      City of Dagupan City, Pangasinan
      Phone number: +63(075)5220829

  4. rowkz
    April 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm — Reply

    Hi. Nag-iissue na ba ng plastic cards para sa bagong renew sa tayuman?

    • April 10, 2017 at 3:17 am — Reply

      Hi Rowkz,
      We have no available info as of this time. You can try calling them at (02) 711 0827.

  5. April 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    ask ko lang po what if nag fail ako ano pong requirements yung kailngan kong dalhin ulit dun ? hindi po ba sinusurrender yung student permit doon after the first test?

    • April 17, 2017 at 1:20 am — Reply

      Hi Dante,
      You need to bring the same requirements again. Student permits SHOULD be given back to you if you need to take the test again. Good luck!

  6. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 at 1:56 am — Reply

    hi mam, sa davao bakit 350 ang medical?? saka naka lagay sa reviewer
    Application fee & computer fee 167.63
    License fee & computer fee 652.63
    License fee & penalty & computer fee 877.63

    wla pang driving fee.. bat ang mahal??

    reviewer to on march 16 ko na bili.. any idea mam?

    • April 17, 2017 at 2:11 am — Reply

      Hi,
      Please keep in mind that (Pro and Non-Pro) LTO license expiration dates have been extended to five years. This is the reason why all the license fees have increased. The reason why the medical fee is high is probably because it’s automated already (which is mostly used in their mall branches). The non-automated ones are cheaper. Also, both medical exams are run by private companies, so LTO can’t control these price changes.

      By the way, I just learned that LTO changed SOME of its fees last October, and still hasn’t updated it in its website. So the old prices here might not apply here anymore. Make sure to check with your LTO BRANCH first. 🙂

  7. Paul
    April 19, 2017 at 3:37 am — Reply

    Good Day, ask ok lang po, pwede po ba ako kumuha ng medical exam & drug test, day before the exam?,

    kung mag aapply po ako ng friday, pwede ako kumuha ng medical at drug test nang thursday?

    tia

    • April 19, 2017 at 3:59 am — Reply

      Hi Paul,
      There’s no more drug test, only a medical exam. Also, you can take your exam a day before, so it’s okay. Actually pwede kang mag-take ng medical exam a few days before you apply for a license — just DON’T exceed 15 days. You can contact LTO just to be sure, though. Good luck!

      • Paul
        April 24, 2017 at 7:28 am — Reply

        nakkuha po ako ng medical sa makati kanina, kasi malapit sa office namin, natanong ko sila kung pwede magamit yun sa LTO east ave, as per them pwede naman daw kasi accredited sila ng LTO.

        kaso sabi ng mga driver namin, baka daw hindi tanggapin. pwede ba mangyari yun?.

        bukas po ako mag a apply ng non pro sa east ave. Good Luck sakin. hehe

        pag hindi tinanggap yung medical ko, doble bayad pa ako.. huhu

        • April 24, 2017 at 7:35 am — Reply

          Ok lang yun, Paul. They’ll accept it. Good luck!

          • Paul
            May 13, 2017 at 8:10 am

            nakakuha na po ako last april 25, hehe kaso resibo lang

            ang problema yung plastic card hindi daw nila alam kung kelan sila mag kakaroon haha

          • May 14, 2017 at 9:46 pm

            Nice to hear may license ka na. 🙂 And don’t hold your breath waiting for the plastic one to arrive soon.

  8. Jake
    April 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    Hi,

    If i learned from a reputable driving school (i.e., Honda Safety Driving Center), did their whole assessment, passed and got issued with a certificate. Do I still need to do the whole practical exam?

    I heard from someone he did not do the practical exam because he had the same thing.

    Thanks!

    • April 20, 2017 at 1:01 am — Reply

      Hi Jake,
      It’s MANDATORY that you take the practical exam together with the written one — kahit na may certificate or assessment form ka pa from a reputable driving school.

      Setting illegal reasons (such as “fixers” and “under the table transactions”) aside, I’m not sure why that “someone” was able to bypass the practical exam entirely. As far as I know, LTO’s rules apply to everyone. Best to check with them to be sure. 🙂

  9. oscar
    April 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    Bukas po 1 month na ung student license ko pde ko na po ba i pa non pro un?? Salamat po

    • April 20, 2017 at 1:07 am — Reply

      Hi Oscar,
      Yes, it’s a month already, so it’s ok na for a non-pro. Good luck!

  10. Clare
    April 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    Hi! I just want to ask if I could take both of the exams or one of it the next day? Thank you! 🙂

    • April 26, 2017 at 2:55 am — Reply

      Hi Clare,
      You have to do at least the written test for that day. Di pwede na you do both written and practical tests the next day. If you want to take the actual driving exam the next day, you’ll have to ask the examiner first and tell your reasons. It’s really up to them if you can do that — or not.

      Also, I’m warning you na you may have to fall in line again even if you already took your written exam. Pag maraming tao, they won’t prioritize you.

      If I were you, I’d finish both on the same day para you won’t have to worry about it anymore. It’s also good to check with LTO just to be sure. 🙂

  11. dastine fernandez
    April 25, 2017 at 5:17 pm — Reply

    ung po student license ku mag 6months na po sa 27 pwedi pa po b un mag pa non pro and how much po non pro ?

    • April 26, 2017 at 1:30 am — Reply

      Hi Dastine,
      You can already apply for a non-pro a month after your student’s license was issued, so pwede ka na noon pa. Kapag pro, after 6 months.

  12. Richard
    April 29, 2017 at 1:32 am — Reply

    mam ano po latest requirements para makakuha ng non-pro license? shut down kasi website ng LTO ngayon. thanks

    • April 29, 2017 at 2:47 am — Reply

      Hi Richard,
      This is just a general guide.
      REMEMBER: It’s always best to check with an LTO office to make sure everything is accurate and correct.
      And FYI: LTO’s site is already up while I’m writing this.

      Non-Pro License Qualifications:

      1. You must be at least 18 years old.
      2. Should be physically and mentally fit to drive or operate a motor vehicle.
      3. Able to read and write (Filipino, English or the applicable dialect).
      4. Must have a student driver’s permit or license at least 30 days prior to application.

      Requirements for Non Pro Driver’s applicants:

      1. Filled-up Driver’s license application form.
      2. Medical Certificate issued by a licensed physician.
      3. Valid Student Permit.

  13. grace
    April 29, 2017 at 5:33 am — Reply

    good pm po? pag po ba motor lang dinadrive hindi na mag exam ng driving? and magkano po kaya lahat lahat ang aabutin pag nag pa non pro na ? thankyou po

    • April 30, 2017 at 2:34 am — Reply

      Hi Grace,
      The written test is almost the same as what you use when reviewing for four-wheeled vehicles. There’s also a practical driving test. A very select few will let you use your motorcycle kung dala mo; pero halos lahat ng branches will require you to use LTO-designated motorbikes. TO BE SURE, assume na you’ll need to rent one sa actual driving exam.

      I can’t give the exact fees for Non-Pro since LTO hasn’t updated its fees, yet. And also, the medical examination rates aren’t fixed. Safe bet is around (or less than) P1,500. Still, it’s best to check with LTO.

  14. John Ray Lardizabal
    May 5, 2017 at 2:29 am — Reply

    HElo po,magpra2ctical exam b ulit kapag magre2new ng license?

    • May 5, 2017 at 2:53 am — Reply

      Hi John,
      No need. 🙂
      You only need to get a medical exam and submit your old license to LTO.

  15. May 5, 2017 at 7:02 am — Reply

    Hi,

    The student permit may only operate private vehicle and only if he or she is accompanied by duly licensed driver, whether non-pro or pro with the appropriate restriction code for the type of motor driven by the said holder.
    My question is if the driver with student permit only can use alone the private vehicle for practicing inside their own parking area/ parking lot?

    • May 5, 2017 at 7:17 am — Reply

      Hi Lucio,
      Please note that a student permit is NOT A LICENSE, so it’s important that the student driver is ACCOMPANIED BY A LICENSED PERSON AT ALL TIMES — even if they will be practicing inside a subdivision, mall parking spaces, abandoned lots, or ANYWHERE.

      The only exception is if the student driver is practicing inside his or her OWN parking lot or garage inside their OWN residential/commercial lots. Other than that, it’s against the law already. When caught driving by themselves, student drivers will be charged with “Driving without License”.

  16. John
    May 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm — Reply

    Hello po Ms. Cherryl,

    I’m a non pro license holder w/ restriction 1 (motorcycle only) and I want to upgrade to professional w/ restrictions 2 and 4 so I can drive car (manual or automatic) for use in business like UBER. My questions are:

    1. Can I simultaneously upgrade my restriction to professional or should I add restriction first before upgrading to professional?

    2. Do I need to still take written exam or just the practical actual driving?

    Thank you so much po in advance:). Goodnight:)

    • May 8, 2017 at 6:32 am — Reply

      Hello John,
      1. Yes, you can. Just go to any LTO licensing branch, bring your non-pro restriction 1 license together with your NBI and police clearance. Tell them you want to upgrade to pro and add restrictions 2 and 4 as well.

      2. Not sure about the written, but you definitely have to do the actual driving tests for EACH of the restrictions you’re adding. Try to ask LTO for more details. 🙂

  17. Ericka Calma
    May 7, 2017 at 3:40 am — Reply

    Hello po, ask ko lang po kung manual car lang po ba talaga ang ginagamit kapag practical exam na? Hindi po ba pwede ang automatic?

    • May 8, 2017 at 6:33 am — Reply

      Hello Erick,
      Pwede ka pumili between manual and automatic as long as you’re applying under restriction 2.

  18. NonproApplicant
    May 9, 2017 at 10:54 am — Reply

    Good pm, I took and passed my driving lesson po. Sabi po wala na daw practical exam, need ko lang daw po i-present yung assessment form ko and it says na valid for license na po ako. So my questions po:

    Do I still need to take the practical exam kahit may assessment form na po ako from my driving school?

    Or do I need my driving school’s assistance para ma-verify po na I’m their student?

    What about medical certificate po? Dun na din po ba sa LTO makakakuha ng med cert? Same day sa pagkuha ng non-pro or do I need to get med cert in advance?

    Balak ko po kasi na ako na lang ang kukuha ng non-pro and hindi na po kasi ako magpapa-assist sa driving school ko sa pagkuha since may LTO naman po na malapit sa amin.

    Thank you so much po!

    • May 9, 2017 at 10:43 pm — Reply

      Hi NonproApplicant,
      I think nasagot ko na yan in my previous comments here. Try to browse through them if you can.

      And regarding the medical certificate, get one only from an LTO-ACCREDITED medical center — either malapit or malayo from an LTO branch. Good luck! 🙂

  19. kennobi
    May 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    hi ma’am.. nag apply po ako ng non-pro license kanina… natapos ko po yung photo and signature taking and then ung written examination.. nung pinasa ko po yung exam sheet ko, sinabe saken nung examiner na bumalik daw ako next week,.. around 1 pm pa lang naman po non…
    ..normal lang po ba na abutin ng more than a day ang processing ng application for license? hassle po kasi,, ang layo ng lto licensing branch dito samen

    • May 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm — Reply

      Hi Kennobi,
      It’s not really “that” normal, but it does happen from time to time. You can blame it on: 1) red tape 2) backlog of previous applicants due to fixers or 3) equipment problems such as malfunctioning machines.

      I would SUGGEST na you go there very early so they won’t have any excuses to delay your application any longer. If they’ll cancel it again for another day or so, then that’s not normal already. Make sure to ask them their reasons to see if they’re valid. Otherwise, you can file for complaints sa LTO central office in East Ave, Q.C. Good luck!

  20. Melchor Von Gabriel Bernados
    May 15, 2017 at 5:47 am — Reply

    Hi Ms. Cherryl,

    I already apply my license last April 7, 2017 at LTO San Juan Licensing Center. Is there’s a contact number at LTO San Juan Licensing Center in were can I follow up my License ID.

    I also notice that some other guy already get their license in the same day while other still waiting availability of the cards like me. Is it possible that they can produce license card on the same day or there was special payment for immediate release of ID?

    • May 15, 2017 at 6:04 am — Reply

      Hi Melchor,
      Try 7149113. It’s a district office though, but you can ask them the number of their licensing center there.

      The guy you saw probably belonged to the backlog of drivers that have been waiting for their 3-year expiration licenses for a long, long time. Those with the 5-year expiration licenses, such as what you’ve applied for, will PROBABLY get the plastic cards starting October-December this year. Best to check with LTO to be sure, though.

  21. Triane
    May 19, 2017 at 4:21 am — Reply

    Hello po maam ask kolang po kasi kumuwa na po ako ng student permit,
    At gusto ko pong gawin nonprof restriction 1,2 po siya anu pong sasabihin ko sa lto
    Kasi kadalasan po hindi na po nila tinatanung kung anung restriction kukunin kaya nabibigay po nila is number 1 lang po ganun po yung sa kuya at papa ko po

    • May 19, 2017 at 10:07 pm — Reply

      Hi Triane,
      You can check restrictions 1 and 2 sa restriction code box sa driver’s license application form na ibibigay mo sa kanila when you go there. You can also tell the person on the counter that you’re going to apply for restrictions 1 & 2 just to be sure.

  22. Anonymous
    May 20, 2017 at 10:50 am — Reply

    Pa check naman sa lto tagaytay 300 singil nila sa medical..

  23. Nat
    May 26, 2017 at 11:56 am — Reply

    Hi,
    Would just like to confirm that the written exam consists only of 40 items?
    Does the examination vary depending on the LTO branch or it is standard across the PH?
    Thank you.

    • May 26, 2017 at 11:01 pm — Reply

      Hi Nat,
      The standard, written exam for non pro consists of 40 items only.

  24. Kaaru
    June 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm — Reply

    umm gud eve po maam, ask ko lng po kung hanggang alin lng po ung restrictions ng non pro?…. and may nag sabi po saken na kahit ung no. 1 lng po daw ang i drive test at mapasa ko ay automatic na daw po na kasama ung no. 2 sa R.C. ng License ko.

    • June 9, 2017 at 1:39 am — Reply

      Hi Kaaru,
      Actually, lahat ng restrictions for a non-pro license is okay — depende kung ano ang gagamitin mo. If you check number 1, it means you’re getting a non-pro license for motorcycles or tricycles. Number 2 is for cars less than 4500 kgs. Pag above 4500 kgs, it’s restriction 3.

      So if you check restriction 1, your exams and license are for restriction 1 ONLY–not 2. You need to check either restrictions 2 or 3 to get a license for that.

  25. jesa
    June 20, 2017 at 6:19 pm — Reply

    My extend pa po ba if pa expire na SP mo?

    • June 21, 2017 at 9:57 am — Reply

      Hi Jesa,
      Student Permits have a validity of ONE YEAR only. You can’t extend it, kaya mag-aapply ka ulit ng panibagong student permit if it expires.

      Ideally, mas maganda to apply for a non pro after a month of getting your student license. 🙂

  26. June 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    May restriction po ba ang STUDENT LICENSE? I mean can i use it along metro manila or on my city or town only?

    • June 24, 2017 at 5:54 am — Reply

      Hi Yeshan,
      There’s no restriction, basta meron kang kasama na may valid, unexpired (pro or non pro) driver’s license while you’re driving.

  27. romulo
    June 24, 2017 at 1:40 am — Reply

    gud day po mam ask ko lng po if ok na marenew ay license kapag 7years ka ng di nakapagrenew umalis kc ako at the same time eh ipachange o magcorrection ng name kasi mali ang spelling ng middle name ko sa dating license ko ok lang ba na sabay ayusin ito?

    • June 24, 2017 at 5:56 am — Reply

      Hi Romulo,
      That’s too long already, pero pwede pa ring i-renew. Kaso, you’ll need to RE-TAKE the written and practical exams and pay a penalty fee of P225.00 (as far as I know).

      When you renew, you can correct your name’s spelling na rin. Just bring your birth certificate and an Affidavit of Discrepancy and submit it kasama ng application mo.

      Submit all of them sa LTO Licensing Centers located sa Pasig, San Juan, Tayuman, or East Avenue. These are the only branches that will accept your renewal.

      Try to contact LTO just to be sure, though. 🙂

  28. June 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm — Reply

    Hi maam cherryl,
    What if bumagsak ako sa practical exam.test? Back to step 1 po ba ulit ako? And another bayad po ba ulit like written exam? Pasado naman po ako sa written. Practical lang po. Or kapag bumalik ako mag tatake nalang po ba ulit ako agd ng practical? Daretso na po ba dun?

    Thankyou po.

    • June 28, 2017 at 11:36 am — Reply

      Hi Nald,
      You’ll be given another chance to do it. Just go straight there sa driving site. No need to pay anything except if you’ll rent a car, and then re-take the test again.

      You can contact LTO for more details. Good luck!

  29. Beth
    June 28, 2017 at 6:47 pm — Reply

    Hi Ms. Cherryl,
    I have a Student Permit and I plan to get a non-pro license after a month. Question po, will I be allowed to apply for a license and do the practical driving test considering I am pregnant? (I will be 26 weeks pregnant by then).

    Looking forward to you feedback. Thanks po.

    • June 29, 2017 at 10:13 am — Reply

      Hi Beth,
      I see no reason why you can’t take the practical driving test. As long as you are able and willing, why not? Just make sure your body can handle it. And also remember that the student permit has a one-year validity, so another option would be to give birth first and then take your driving test within the year. It’s up to you. 🙂

      • Beth
        June 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm — Reply

        Good to hear that! I will also seek advice on this from my OB. Thanks for your quick response Ms. Cherryl. God bless!

  30. Christa
    July 4, 2017 at 1:37 am — Reply

    Hi! I would like to ask what are the requirements for applying pro license for 18 years old and how much will it cost me? Thank you!

    • July 4, 2017 at 1:14 pm — Reply

      Hi Christa,
      I assume you already have a student permit with you? If yes, then you can apply for a pro license after 6 months of acquiring your permit. Better to check LTO’s site for more details.

      Remember: there’s no drug test anymore, and the fees on the site haven’t been updated YET. Try calling the LTO branch you’re going to for the rates.

  31. Michael
    July 5, 2017 at 11:33 am — Reply

    hi mam . if ever po na mag papa non – pro po ba ako mga ilang oras kaya yung aabutin ko dun mam if ever na madami din pong tao . kase po mam aabsent pa po ako para lang makakuha agad mam kaya need ko po talgang i asap yung need ko . thanks po

    • July 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm — Reply

      Hi Michael,
      I think na mention ko na to sa article. Try to read it if you have time. Good luck!

  32. Kevin
    July 6, 2017 at 9:11 am — Reply

    Ask lng pwede po bang mag convert student to pro agad?

    • July 6, 2017 at 9:31 am — Reply

      Hi Kevin,
      Kelangan kang maghintay ng 6 months before you can convert your student permit to a professional license.

  33. ERIC
    July 9, 2017 at 12:50 am — Reply

    HI MAM…ASK LNG PO…MAY NON PRO LICENSE AKO KASO EXPIRED NA 5 YEARS ….PWEDE KO BA SYA MA RENEW AS PRO RC 1…….THANKS GOD BLESS

    • July 10, 2017 at 10:58 am — Reply

      Hi Eric,
      Yes, you can still renew your license, pero you will have to re-take the LTO written and practical tests AGAIN. Kelangan mo ring magbayad ng P225.00 penalty fee.

      I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll repeat it again: you can only renew your expired license sa LTO Licensing Centers located sa Pasig, San Juan, Tayuman, and East Avenue.

      Try to contact LTO for more details. 🙂

  34. Jonah
    July 11, 2017 at 4:00 am — Reply

    Bakit kay ako bumaksak sa exam, andali dali ng exam. sa 40 isa lng ang sure ko na mali kasi related sa kuliglig (traktora) anu daw dapat gawin pag bumabyahe ka kasabay sila pag umaga o dapit hapon.. tapos ang result ko 29 lng. yung 35 nasa reviewer yung 4 commonsence na tanung yung sa traktora lng ang medyo magulo pero 29 lng score ko. Chineck ko din sagut ko sa mga reviwer as in tama talaga yung sagot na 35 sa reviewer na makikita mo online reviewer at sa LTO reviewer. Bakit kaya madam?

    • July 11, 2017 at 7:21 am — Reply

      Hi Jonah,
      I don’t have all the facts here, so I’m just speculating. Pero, if I were you (and if pwede pa), I’d go back there again and ask them to explain your test results. Maybe they made a mistake — which is a possibility considering the volume of testers they face daily. You really won’t know it unless you ask them directly.

  35. ryan
    July 12, 2017 at 1:38 am — Reply

    student permit lisence po ako.. this July na pa expired licence ko.. pwde po ma’am mag renew as profestional?

    • July 12, 2017 at 8:22 am — Reply

      Hi Ryan,
      You can apply for a pro kung “pa-expire” pa lang yung license mo this July.

  36. Cream
    July 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    Hello po,

    Failed po ako sa actual driving test for non pro at pinapabalik ako after 1 month..Okay lang po ba na di muna ako bumalik after 1 month possible po ba yon? lets say 2 or 3 months pa ako makabalik?

    Thank you and more power.

    • July 16, 2017 at 12:14 am — Reply

      Hi Cream,
      Are you sure sinabi nila after one month hindi one week? As far as I know, standard nila is one week, at hanggang one month lang ang binibigay nila to retake your actual driving test.

      Best to contact LTO to be sure.

      • July 17, 2017 at 10:53 am — Reply

        Okay, this is just a follow-up.
        I asked LTO about this and they told me it’s one month, not one week.
        I stand by corrected.

        And by the way, you can re-take the exam after two or three months for as long di pa expired yung student permit mo.

  37. CG
    July 17, 2017 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    My drivers license is expired na 3 years ago, I had to retake written and practical test. sa nababasa ko mahirap ata pumasa sa practical test. Hindi ako nag-dra-drive before kumhuha lang ako driver’s license for ID
    Is it really hard to pass the practical test? any tips for “hindi drivers” na katulad ko.

  38. CG
    July 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm — Reply

    Ano yung automatic car nila for practical test?

    • July 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm — Reply

      Hi CG,
      Medyo magulo — you “retook” the written and practical test, right? This means you already know what happens sa practical exam.

      Whatever the case, you can only pass the test if you know how to drive. And it’s not hard if you practice (a lot). As I’ve said earlier, start practicing the driving points listed sa Road Test Score Sheet. And then follow the tips I’ve listed here.

      And by the way, the automatic cars LTO uses depend on the location. Best to ask the branch where you’ll take your practical test.

      • CG
        July 24, 2017 at 9:21 pm — Reply

        I mean, I am going to re-take practical and written exam because more than 3 years na expire license ko

        • July 25, 2017 at 8:40 am — Reply

          The practical exam hasn’t changed that much since then. Kung napasa mo yan noon, chances are you’ll pass it again. 🙂

  39. Shaira
    July 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    Hi. I am looking an answer for my question. I am 17 years old po. May student liscense na po ako. And I am turning 18 po this coming saturday. Okay lang po kaya magpalisensya ako this coming friday kahit na saturday pa ang birthday ko?

    Thankyou in advance for the response po.

    • July 24, 2017 at 10:31 am — Reply

      Hi Shaira,
      Best to wait it out till you celebrate your 18th birthday. So the earliest na pwede kang mag-apply for a license would be on Monday (next week). Good luck!

  40. mark
    July 24, 2017 at 8:29 pm — Reply

    sorry to ask this question,
    na-dadaan ba sa “lagay” mga instructor? in case I failed the practical test. any experience or stories?

  41. Jay
    July 26, 2017 at 11:17 pm — Reply

    I applied for non-pro 6 months ago. I failed the exam. I want to re-apply my question is, do i need to pay again all the fees and charges from my previous application? And can i still used my student permit even if they stamped it “failed”?

    • July 27, 2017 at 10:02 am — Reply

      Hi Jay,
      If you failed the written exam, then you will have to pay all the fees and charges again. And yes, you can use your student permit for as long as it’s not yet expired.

  42. jing
    July 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    hi.. ma’am.. asked ko Lang po.. kumuha po ko ng student permit last June.. then sabi sa akin balik daw ako after 31st day.. and Di pa dn ako tlga ganun kagaling mag drive.. klngan ba tlga 31st day.. hanggang kelan ko ba pede magamit ung student permit? at Ano requirements kelangan ko.. need ba nbi or police clearance

  43. Wendell
    August 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    Hi maam.
    tanong ko lang po kailangan pa ba po magpamedical ulit pag magchechange ka from non-pro to pro? and will I take the written and practical exam ? thankyou for your help

    • August 7, 2017 at 10:57 am — Reply

      Hi Wendell,
      Yes, kelangan mo mag-medical ulit if you’ll change your license. And you will have to take the written and practical test again.

  44. JM
    August 10, 2017 at 10:06 am — Reply

    Good day
    ma’am tanong lang expired na kasi yung SP ko balak ko sana kumuha ng non-pro pwede ba yun kahit expired na SP ko or kukuha ulit ako ng panibagong SP? Salamat

    • August 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm — Reply

      Hi JM,
      You need to get a new student permit pag nag-expire na siya. Then you can apply for a non-pro after a month.

  45. bunny
    August 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    Hi Ms. Cherryl. Question lang po regarding sa conversion po ng non-pro license ko from Canada to Philippine license kasi I’m planning to stay here in Philippines for good. Am I still required to take the written and practical exam here given na I already took it abroad and my Canada licence is it’s valid till next year. Note: I just returned here in the Philippines last July 8, 2017. Hope you can answer my question. Thank you po. God bless.

    • August 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm — Reply

      Hi Bunny,
      You don’t need to take any exams here, but you’re required to give a letter coming from the embassy that you’re going to stay here in the Philippines for good. Another requirement: you should have stayed in the Philippines FOR A YEAR before you can have your Canadian license converted.

      You can still use your old license for up to 3 months upon your arrival here in the Philippines. So pwede kang mag-drive hanggang October and present it if ever you get pulled over. However, it will be considered invalid na after 3 months, so di ka na pwede magdrive after that. Wait until your stay in the Philippines reaches a year, and then you can have your license converted at any LTO branch.

  46. Marc
    August 16, 2017 at 10:33 am — Reply

    Good day po. Magkano na po yung fee for non-professional driver’s license? Nadagdagan po ba yung fee since 5 years na pwede gamitin? Thank you po.

    • August 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm — Reply

      Hi Marc,
      Fee is not fixed and updated, so it’s always best to contact the LTO branch you’re going to.

  47. Ceejay
    August 17, 2017 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    Hello po. My dad failed the written exam yesterday at LTO. He was asked to return after a month to retake. If in case po that he decided to apply to other LTO branch, not in the previous branch, does he still need to wait for one month?

    Thank you.

    • August 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm — Reply

      Hi Ceejay,
      It will be recorded in their database, so it’s the same — he’ll still be asked to return after a month.

  48. Meleca Perez
    August 21, 2017 at 8:46 pm — Reply

    Very helpful article po. Would also like to ask kasi may isang comment di ka sumagot maam. Im an SP holder for 3mos, can i take my car for the NPL test kahit SP pa lang po meron ako? Tia. Gb.

    • August 22, 2017 at 10:09 am — Reply

      Hi Meleca,
      Yes, you can take your car. Still, it’s best to contact LTO just to be sure. Good luck!

      • Anonymous
        August 25, 2017 at 2:08 am — Reply

        Hi mam Cherryl
        Ask ko lng po sana if magkano ang mg add ng restriction from code 1 to code 1-2.. and anu po next step na gagawin incase mg add ako ng ng code..

        • August 25, 2017 at 9:48 am — Reply

          Hi,
          If your license isn’t expired, you will pay P560; if it’s expired and you need to renew it, you’ll pay P920.

          Adding another restriction code is the same as applying for a new license. Just go there, give your application form, and then follow the instructions they’ll give you. And be prepared to take both written and practical exams.

          You can try to contact LTO for more details.

  49. Jame
    September 4, 2017 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    Hi Cherryl

    In a case wherein you fail the test. do we still need to pay for all the fees? and one last question, im using the online questions and answers online, is it the same as the one given at LTO?? i want to make sure its the same, just dont have the time to go to LTO to get the booklet.

    • September 5, 2017 at 10:36 am — Reply

      Hi Jame,
      If you fail the written test, you will pay all the fees when you re-apply again. If you pass the written, but fail the practical, you won’t need to pay if they’ll let you re-take your practical test. I’ve answered a couple of questions related to your question here in more detail. Try to browse through the past comments if you have time.

      I’m not sure about the online questions, since I don’t know if they’re updated by the site. Same with the LTO booklet. Best to go with the LTO booklet to be sure, though.

  50. Kevin
    September 6, 2017 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    Hello, do you have any idea if the LTO Mandaluyong Extension Office offers the actual driving test for the non-pro? Thank you!

    • September 7, 2017 at 10:48 am — Reply

      Hi Kevin,
      I have no information as of now. You can try checking their number in LTO’s directory online. 🙂

  51. Becky
    September 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    Hello po,
    Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for pregnant women to obtain a drivers license?
    Salamat po.

    • September 8, 2017 at 11:37 am — Reply

      Hi Becky,
      None at the moment. Still, it’s best to contact LTO to be sure.

  52. Alex
    October 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm — Reply

    Hi!

    Pwedi ba ako mag take ng LTO written exam ulit WITHIN the month from different branch? Please, help.

    Salamat sa mag re-reply

    • October 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm — Reply

      Hi Alex,
      I think nasagot ko na yan dito. Try to look for Ceejay’s post.

  53. Anonymous
    October 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    Thank you.

    May nagsasabi po na pwedi kaya I’m confused. I don’t know san ang tamang info. Hearsay lang naman.

    • October 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm — Reply

      It’s always best to call LTO directly para sure ka talaga.

      • Anonymous
        October 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm — Reply

        Just like to share, I’m Alex and I retook the written exam from a different LTO branch and I got my Pro DL now. In other words, it’s allowed po. Note, legal way po ang ginawa ko, I didn’t deal with any fixers. Just wanna share so if anyone has the same question as I had, he/she will know the answer now.

        • October 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm — Reply

          Hi Alex,
          Thanks for sharing this. And good to hear you have your pro license na.
          You wouldn’t mind giving me the LTO branches where you took and re-took your written exams?

  54. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 12:36 am — Reply

    mam pwde q n po b irenew ng pro ung student q khit 5 mons plng po xa

    • October 6, 2017 at 9:56 am — Reply

      Hi,
      Requirement ng LTO is 6 months. So maghihintay ka pa ng another month.

  55. Anonymous
    October 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    Hi! Share lang po, pwedi pong mag retake ng written exam sa other branch kahit kinabukasan, no need to wait for a month. I have my pro DL na. Note, legal way po ginawa ko

    • October 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm — Reply

      Hi,
      That’s the first time I’ve heard of that. From what I know, there are times LTO will allow you to re-take the practical exam (kahit one or two weeks pa), but not the written test. I need to clarify this directly with LTO (just to be sure).

      Thanks for sharing! 🙂

      • October 9, 2017 at 10:27 am — Reply

        Hi,
        I talked to Leny from LTO Manila and she told me that they only allow applicants to re-take written exams after a month.

        This is also verified by LTO’s central office in East Avenue.

        I’m not sure kung yung branches na pinuntahan mo follow different protocols, but I think generally, this rule applies to all LTO branches. 🙂

  56. carol escanilla
    October 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    ASK LANG PO PANO PO PAG BUMAGSAK NG WRITTEN EXAM ILANG DAYS PO ANG HIHINTAYIN PARA MAKARETAKE PO ULIT ULIT NG EXAM ME BAYAD PO BA ULIT ANG RETAKE HOW MUCH PO YUN? TNX PO S REPLY

    • October 11, 2017 at 10:59 am — Reply

      Hi Carol,
      I think I answered that already here.
      Kapag written, back to square one ka ulit sa application, so you need to pay all the fees again.

  57. Fritzie
    October 17, 2017 at 6:41 am — Reply

    Hi good Evening po!

    Do I need to do the test drive kung renewal pro magadd ng restriction (from 1 to 2)?

    • October 17, 2017 at 7:58 am — Reply

      Hi Fritzie,
      Yes–for the added restriction lang, and not for the renewal.

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