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LTO Student Permit Requirements Philippines (Updated 2018)

It’s exciting to get your driver’s license for the first time. Not only does it indicate that you’ve reached a certain level of skill that allows you to drive a used or brand new vehicle, it also reminds you to always be responsible and safe when driving down the road.

Of course, we also like to point out the most important thing that happens when you now have your driver’s license: it gives you the freedom to choose which vehicle you want  to use.

It is is the reason why getting your driver’s license is so important. And while it may take some time to undergo each process, doing it becomes all the more less painstaking when you keep in mind the following guidelines: Driver’s License for First Time Applicant

Driver's License There are two kinds of driver’s license that are available today: Non-Professional’ for private motorists and ‘Professional’ for those who drive for-hire or public utility vehicles. for those who drive public utility vehicles. To get a license though, one has to obtain a student permit first. The student permit is the first “license” that’s issued to first-time applicants and it can be upgraded to a non-professional license after one month, provided you pass the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) written and practical exam. Note that it will take you six months to upgrade a student’s permit if you plan to get a professional license.  

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a student permit:

LTO Student’s Permit Requirements 2018  

The LTO recently changed one of the most important requirements that relate to the student permit, which is changing the  minimum driving age for minors from 16 to 17 years old.   Aside from the 17-year old age qualification, there are two other requirements that an applicant should meet before he or she can qualify for a student’s permit in the Philippine. They should have these two things:  

  • Be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
  • Be able to read and write in Filipino or English

  If you meet the above criteria, then you can accomplish the following documents and submit them to the LTO location most convenient to you:  

  • Original and photocopy of birth certificate
  • If employed, Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)
  • A filled-out application for driver’s license. (You can download it here)
  • You will need to include a parent or guardian’s written consent along with any valid proof of identity if you are under 18 years old. If a parent or guardian is unavailable, you may obtain a written consent from a notary public or lawyer.

Student Driver’s License Application Procedure

LTO Driver's License Procedure

Step #1: With your complete student driver’s license requirements, go to your nearest LTO branch or office and proceed to the customer service window. Get your number and wait for it to be called.  

Step #2: When they call your number, head to the evaluator counter and hand over all your requirements. The evaluator will check these for completeness and authenticity. Once verified, you will be asked to sit down and wait for your name to be called again.

Step #3: When your name is called, you will be directed to a booth where your photo and signature will be taken.

Step #4: Pay all the fees at the cashier and obtain an official receipt.

Step #5: Present the receipt at the releasing counter and obtain your student driver’s permit.  

Make sure you appear neat and presentable when you are inside the LTO’s premises. Avoid wearing sando, shorts, and slippers, since you will take the test in front of an LTO examiner. What’s more, you might pose for a picture near the end of the application process if you pass the written and practical tests.  

Student Driver’s License Fees and Charges  

There are three types of fees that the LTO charges to those applying for a student permit.  These are:

  • Application Fee – PHP150.00
  • Computer Fee – PHP67.63
  • Student Permit Fee – PHP100.00

Add them all up and the total cost of your fees will be P317.63. Be sure to bring exact change to avoid delays at the cashier.  


Make sure to check for directions so you know which LTO branch is nearest to your residence.

Do a thorough inspection of all your documents prior to going to the LTO branch. This is more efficient, and saves you a lot of time–should you forget them and are asked to come back again tomorrow.

Check if you have all your student driver’s license requirements with you before stepping outside.

Some LTO branches don’t provide ballpens, so make sure to bring one with you (to be sure).

Take some extra money with you to buy water and food. Although the process of obtaining a student permit has been sped up considerably with the LTO’s latest updates and improvements–some are saying it can now be done in under 30 minutes!–you never know when an issue arises and further delays the application process.  

Don’t use fixers–only transact with LTO officers inside the building. If you have a question, then simply head to the information desk to ask your queries.  

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  1. Sonny
    February 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    Hi! Is this still updated? Do you really need to provide notarized birth certificate or the passport will do?
    How long will it take to get the Student Permit? Thanks!

  2. March 15, 2016 at 5:33 am — Reply

    Thank you so much for this post.

  3. den laxa
    March 22, 2016 at 9:40 am — Reply

    I have poor eye sight. Am I eligible to get a driver’s license?

    • Jan Lei Sy
      July 23, 2018 at 4:41 pm — Reply

      I think so, but you will have restrictions. Restrictions like you need to wear your eye glasses everytime you’re going to drive

  4. Anonymous
    May 4, 2016 at 7:29 am — Reply

    very helpful! many thanks!

  5. anatal conteza dalaguit
    June 29, 2016 at 5:27 am — Reply

    how to get an student permit the requiremenys i have it my tin id,i am 48 yr old thanks

  6. mabel
    July 3, 2016 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    student permit is required to DFA to get a passport??

  7. July 21, 2016 at 5:49 am — Reply

    Good day Sir/Ma’am, I want to get an Student License, I am 34yrs old. What requirements should I present?


  8. Mary Hilda Serrano
    August 3, 2016 at 3:07 am — Reply

    Hi, I filed for a student license and i was so confused about , medical exam amounting of 200 pesos, surprisingly they just test my 20/20 vision and if my hands and feet are complete, and thats it.. it 200 pesos.. is it legal?

    • randomgirl
      September 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm — Reply

      i applied for a student license last year, and they didnt require a medical exam or to pay for the “medical exam” i dont think thats legal. im sorry u had to go thru that

    • michale lopez
      October 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm — Reply

      same here. I also paid 200 for medical. The physician just fill the paper without testing any (vision, hearing etc,)

    • bong
      November 14, 2016 at 9:02 am — Reply

      oo nga maam, kanina 250 pesos bayad sa medical vision lang po sa akin, wala nang iba, students lisence permit lang po kinuha ko,

    • December 12, 2016 at 9:43 am — Reply

      They asked us for 400 pesos. Wow.

  9. kai ekdahl
    August 17, 2016 at 9:20 am — Reply

    is there no teoretical test before recieving the student permit ?

    • aj mendez
      August 29, 2016 at 11:32 pm — Reply

      voters id will do po ba ?

  10. September 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    Paano po kung id nia lang po e 1styear highschool pwd na po b un thankyou

  11. Tony
    September 10, 2016 at 9:57 am — Reply

    Can I use my uk provisional driving licence as a student licence ? As I’m only in Philippines for 2 weeks then returning to the uk I want to get my non professional license before I return so when I come back to Philippines I can already drive

  12. October 16, 2016 at 11:10 am — Reply

    Can I get a student permit but my student id was lost only my voters id I can present

  13. Charles
    November 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    I am 16 years old can I get student license? Or should i wait for me to turn 17 so that I could get one.

  14. Mits
    November 21, 2016 at 7:15 am — Reply

    Pwede po ba magkaroon ng student licence 14 years old?

  15. Ronnie Maur
    November 25, 2016 at 1:54 am — Reply

    good morning sir/maam
    mag aapply po sana ako ng students license pwede po bang local birth certificate lang ang ibibigay ko?

    • Bobby V. Reyes
      May 24, 2017 at 10:38 am — Reply

      I have a tita want to apply for a student license , but she doesnt have a NSO birth certificate, however we request it already and recieve a certification of negative birth certificate, so we need to know what is our second option, my tita need to get a license immediately we dont have time to return her birth place to fix that, hope you will give us answer thank you!

  16. Anonymous
    December 2, 2016 at 3:59 am — Reply

    Is there any medical examination or drug test required for student permit license?.

  17. Ceasar s joaquino
    December 5, 2016 at 4:56 am — Reply

    Good pm .my non prof card was lost abaut 5 years already is my recored valid to aply now for a prof license what are my requirements?

  18. Anonymous
    December 23, 2016 at 10:05 am — Reply

    the entries in my birth cert is incorrect, what should i submit as supplementary?

  19. Loreta
    December 27, 2016 at 4:04 am — Reply

    How long does it takes to get a Student permit license ? Can i get it that very day i applied ?

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2017 at 12:48 am — Reply

      It only takes 2 to 3 hour here in tagaytay..or lesser…

      • Wiki
        March 23, 2017 at 4:27 am — Reply

        i had a student license before however i failed to get/apply a non-pro and i believe it has this expiration after 1 year, if you fail to apply for a non-pro within the year. You have to get another student license. Is that true?

  20. Anonymous
    January 3, 2017 at 3:35 am — Reply

    thank you ! helpful

  21. Anonymous
    January 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm — Reply

    is it possible if I don’t have a copy of BC but I have a TIN and passport?

    • Anonymous
      January 22, 2017 at 6:06 am — Reply

      Yes, just photcopy the passport and bring the original passport

  22. Jovy
    January 9, 2017 at 8:00 am — Reply

    How about for married woman, they need a marriage certificate?

  23. Mark
    January 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    Paano po kapag incoming 17 y/o this year pwede na ba kumuha ng student?

  24. January 13, 2017 at 11:09 am — Reply

    is LTO office open on saturday for student permit ??

  25. Julius francis cruz
    January 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    Pwd ba ako makakakuha ng code 123 sa una ko palang pagkuha ng lisencya

  26. Anonymous
    January 17, 2017 at 3:51 am — Reply

    LTO on Kalentong said that when i apply for Student Permit Only-they require a medical?!? They told me that there was a memo of this. But when i talk to same people who applying a student permit too. They said its not necessary.
    Is this is prerequisite for Student Permit Only?!?

  27. Lani
    February 19, 2017 at 4:16 am — Reply

    kukunin ba nila ang NSO copy ng birth certificate?? hindi na ibabalik sa owner??

    • Sally
      August 13, 2018 at 6:08 pm — Reply

      ibabalik po nila basta make sure na super legible ang xerox copy daw na ibibigay nyo

  28. Amor
    February 24, 2017 at 1:15 am — Reply

    When presenting the nso birth certificate for student drivers permit kelangan b talaga ang receipt ng birth certificate? Kasi ive had my nso birth cert a long time ago and i already lost the receipt..

  29. March 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm — Reply

    Hi im 22 yrs old ., i want to,apply a student permit what needed requirements thankyou at dapat po ba marunong na agad mag drive kapag kukuha po ng student license,

  30. March 15, 2017 at 1:39 am — Reply

    Pwede po bng kumuha online for student license na dati n pong meron kso nawala lng po

  31. mher wenceslao
    March 22, 2017 at 3:57 am — Reply

    bkit po yung iba nsa 400 to 500 ang singil ng Student License

    • Anonymous
      March 25, 2017 at 10:09 am — Reply

      ung ganun po, mga fixer po un kya mas mahal, ikaw nlng po kumuha pra mas cgurado..

  32. Bry
    March 22, 2017 at 7:50 am — Reply

    Can I download the Application form somewhere? So I can fill it up already at home?

  33. Carlos Renz Punzalan
    April 10, 2017 at 7:18 am — Reply

    I am 16 years old And my birthday is 1month from now ,can I get student license right now? Thank you

  34. Gelo Mendez
    April 19, 2017 at 11:43 am — Reply

    I’ve claimed my student permit today! One thing to add, be ready to undergo eye examination, there they will also get your height/weight. That costs me 350pesos. Overall experience is smooth here in LTO Novaliches 35 mins excluding the medical exam. 350+318=668 total (they have no cards available… I only got the official receipt.)

    • kate
      May 8, 2017 at 10:50 pm — Reply

      Same student’s license id ( in laminated nor paper form)was issued to me yesterday in Pasig LTO.. I thought there’s more step after i got the OR..Hahaha.

  35. Hernelis villegas
    May 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm — Reply

    Good eve po..ask ko lang po if dati ng may student permit kaso naexpired na pero now 5montjs preggy pwede po kaya ako kimiha uli ng student permit? Para po sana pgkpngnak ko eh pwed ng non pro na diy iapply agad..hoping for replies.tnks

  36. Jian
    May 18, 2017 at 10:26 am — Reply

    Goodevening po. Magtatanong lang poz Pwede po ba akong magkaroon na ng student license at the age of 16? At maalam naman po ako. Mag 17 na din po ako ngayong october. Pwede po kaya? ☺️

  37. julius macaspac
    June 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    Sir mam 32 years olld po ako at wala po akong birthcertificate ano pong pwedeng gamitin na ibang documents pwede po bang baptismal or valid id at pag student license po meron pa po bang medical?julius macaspac po salamatn

  38. rigil roma
    June 2, 2017 at 6:02 am — Reply

    hindi lang 317 pesos ang pagkuha nito dahil may 200 pesos na charge para sa medical. kakakuha lang po namin kahapon nang student license permit.

  39. julius macaspac
    June 6, 2017 at 7:58 am — Reply

    Gsto ko po sanang mag apply ng student license kaso wala po akong birthcertificate since birth po hindi naayos ano ano po kyang pwedeng gamitin ko maliban sa birth certificate?32years old po ako

  40. Jet Lee V. Chinanglas
    June 9, 2017 at 3:53 am — Reply

    required ba yung medical, when i submitted the application form, sabi nung girl mag pa medical daw ako. Thanks

  41. Lor
    June 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm — Reply

    Im 48years old i want to apply for a prof drivers license. Do i still need to apply for a student license before applying for a prof drivers license. Thank you.

  42. Jefferson Agrade
    June 27, 2017 at 10:16 am — Reply

    Sir, nag eexpired ba ung student license? mag 11 months na kc niyan

  43. Derrick
    July 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    For some personal reasons I can’t get an original copy of my NSO, can I use my passport and TIN only?

  44. Anonymous
    August 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm — Reply

    I’m 16 can I get a student license ?

  45. virgiebasa
    August 8, 2017 at 12:37 pm — Reply

    pwede po b dto nlng s email mg fill up ng form..

  46. Puma Amore
    August 29, 2017 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    hindi po ninyo include yung procedure na medical at fee nito. Pang ilang step po ito?

  47. Mary Joyce Escolano
    September 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    Good day…
    Pwede po ba gamitin ang Marriage contract instead of birth certificate?

  48. Richard
    November 12, 2017 at 12:07 am — Reply

    How can I get a license here in Philippines I am a U.S citizen I stay here already for 5 months but when I tried to go to the LTO they told me that I need to stayed here for a year. I showed to them my driver’s license in U.S to convert for a license here but they told me that they need to know about the code of my i.d but my driver’s license is still valid. I don’t know what to do,will u plz help me what I need to do!

  49. Anonymous
    February 8, 2018 at 11:19 am — Reply

    pwed bang nbi ..

  50. jayson
    April 24, 2018 at 11:24 pm — Reply

    Pag kumuha po ba. Ng student license agad agad po makukuha. Tska pwede na po ba sa mga highway ang student kahit hindi professional license ?

  51. Deyben
    April 30, 2018 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    Pwede rin po ba mag pa non pro ? Kahit hindi pa 18 ? Kase nakakuha na ko nung 17 ako ng S.T permit ang lampas na ng 1 month halos 8 months na S.T ko. Pwede na po ba mag pa non pro w/ Parent consent ?

  52. May 4, 2018 at 7:08 am — Reply

    pag asa olongapo city, 200 for drug test student license, is it legal?

  53. Chae Blortem
    May 15, 2018 at 4:56 pm — Reply

    Thanks for this info, it helps…

  54. Sam
    May 21, 2018 at 1:53 am — Reply

    Do they conduct driving test for student license?

  55. Nicole galimba
    May 27, 2018 at 8:20 pm — Reply

    Can 16 years old can have SP?

  56. Melden Benedictos
    June 15, 2018 at 12:29 am — Reply

    wala po ko birth certificate.. im 32, male.. pwede na po ba ung marriage certificate sa pagkuha ng student? tia

  57. Merthy
    June 26, 2018 at 11:19 am — Reply

    How much standard medical fee for student license?

  58. July 29, 2018 at 11:45 am — Reply

    Sa mismong office ng lto ka pa ba magbabayad ng medical fee? O ikaw na magbabayad sa clinic kung saan ka nagpa medical?

  59. Sally
    August 13, 2018 at 6:06 pm — Reply

    Guys, a med cert is needed to get a student permit. I paid an extra of 350 pesos just to get one which is located beside LTO office in MRT Ayala. I got disappointed because they issued a piece of paper, yet they advertised that it comes in orange pvc cards.

  60. Peachy
    August 15, 2018 at 6:11 am — Reply

    You forgot to add P350 for medical fee

    August 17, 2018 at 9:35 am — Reply

    good day. my daughter will apply for an SP today. after passing everything (assuming she passes everything), she will apply for a non-professional drivers license. i heard for those who are first timers of the non-pro will only be given resitriction 1 or use the motorcycle only? how true is this? so, we have to buy a motorcycle first before she can be issued restrictions 1 and 2? i would apprciate it very much if i can get your reply soonest.

    thanks and best regards

  62. Federico Serapion Monsada
    August 24, 2018 at 10:50 am — Reply

    How can I apply for philippine driver’s license here in saudi before I had applied for students? permit several times and always forget to follow up due work.

  63. Anonymous
    September 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    Gud noon po kailangan po ba ng police clearance pag kumuha ng pro liscence ty po

  64. Anonymous
    September 12, 2018 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    Pag po ba expired ang student license pwede kumuha ulit,?? Pero yyng student license now is nawala na. Pwede po ba?

  65. Nadine
    May 28, 2019 at 10:52 pm — Reply

    Is it still allowed to use a person’s passport instead of a birth certificate when applying for a student permit?

  66. anne
    August 7, 2019 at 10:58 am — Reply

    good morning, my Boss son is a naturalized citizen, he wants to apply for non pro drivers licence, what are the requiments..

    thank you.

  67. Anonymous
    January 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    Hi! I got caught driving with my student permit. And sadly, I lost that ‘paper’ they gave me. Can I get another student permit?

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