LTO Student Driver’s License Requirements Philippines – UPDATED 2018
(Updated last May 2018)
Earning a driver’s license in the Philippines can be an exciting time for first-time applicants. After all, a driver’s license is an important document that can empower an individual with certain abilities and responsibilities. For starters, you can use a driver’s license as proof of identification that allows you to conduct certain transactions, as many agencies and establishments will only accept a government-issued ID before you can do business with them.
However, the most important role of a driver’s license is that it gives you the freedom to own and drive a car. At the same time, it also shows people that your driving skills are at a level necessary to ensure the safety of your fellow drivers on the road, as well as your own. So before you can drive on Philippine streets, you will need to obtain a driver’s license from the Land Transportation Office or LTO.
Driver’s License for First Time Applicants
The LTO grants three types of driver’s license, namely—student’s permit, nonprofessional, and professional. The student’s permit is the type of license granted to first-time applicants. Student’s Permit holders may then upgrade to a non-professional license after one month or a professional one after six months.
To help people who want to have their own student’s license, Carmudi presents this step-by-step guide how to apply for this important document.
LTO Student’s Permit Requirements 2017
The LTO recently raised the minimum driving age for minors, from 16 to 17 years old. With that in mind, here are the three requirements that an applicant must meet before he or she can qualify for a student’s permit in the Philippines:
- Be at least 17 years old
- Be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
- Be able to read and write in Filipino or English
If you meet these criteria, you may then 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
- 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.
Keep in mind that LTO requires you to appear neat and presentable when you are inside their premises. Wearing of sando, shorts, and slippers are strictly prohibited, most especially during photo-taking and examinations.
Student Driver’s License Fees and charges
There are three types of fees and charges involved in a student driver’s permit application. These are:
- Application Fee – P150.00
- Computer Fee – P67.63
- Student Permit Fee – P100.00
Adding these up, the total cost of your fees will be P317.63. Be sure to bring exact change to avoid delays at the cashier.
- Always check for the directions to get to your nearest LTO branch by researching it on Google Maps or asking for directions from friends and relatives. Before leaving your home, check if you have all your student driver’s license requirements with you.
- Bring your own ballpoint pen, as some LTO locations will not provide you with one. And be prepared with extra money for lunch and water to hydrate yourself. Though the process of obtaining a student driver’s license has been sped up considerably with LTO’s latest updates and improvements (some are saying it can now be done in under 30 minutes!), you never know when an issue could arise that could make the process take longer than it should, especially if more people are also applying for their license.
- Deal only with LTO officers inside the building. People outside the office offering you help may be fixers who are trying to extort money from you in exchange for fast-tracking your application. If you have a question, simply approach the information desk.