Getting a Philippine Driver’s License

Philippine Driver’s License – If you are going to dive right in and drive in the Philippines you can do so with your current up-to-date foreign drivers license up to 90 days. Be careful though all those rules of the road you learned in the US just don’t apply here. Read my FAQ in another post where I describe what driving here is like. After the 90 days have expired, you will need to go to the nearest Land Transportation Office (LTO) to get your permit. Most of the paperwork is accomplished right there in the LTO. Make sure you have all the requirements completed (see list below) before you show up at the LTO except those done in the LTO, or you will have wasted a trip.  If you are on Cebu you will need to go to the LTO in Cebu City not the smaller LTO in your city. I do not know where all the different LTOs are maybe someone can post a list for me. Foreigners can only get their license in certain LTOs and that needs a list also. The entore process only took me about 30 minutes to get mine done at the Cebu City LTO, that’s after I got the other requirements done outside the LTO.

Mercury Drog the Pharmacy where you will most likely get your medications.

When my wife got her licence in 2004 she applied for a learners permit or student permit once she had that she practiced some driving and but after 30 days she received here regular permit without a written or driving test. This is the same for foreigners there is not test.

Application for Student Permit (this is the learners permit here in the Philippines)

Application for Student Permit
Documents Required

1. Duly accomplished Application for Driver’s License

2. Proof of identity
– Original Birth Certificate with photocopy
– NSO authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt and photocopy
– Original valid Passport with photocopy
– A joint affidavit of two (2) disinterested persons who know the applicant and who can attest to the applicant’s identity, accompanied by non-availability of record issued by the Local Civil Registry Office or NSO

3. Any legal or government issued document to prove his age and identity (SSS ID, PhilHealth ID, GSIS ID, TIN ID, Pag-ibig ID, Office ID)

4. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)

Additional Requirements for Minor Applicants (16-18 yrs. old)

1. Letter of Parental/Guardian Consent duly notarized

Additional Requirements for Foreigners

1. Original Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) with photocopy

2. Original valid Visa/Passport with photocopy and any of the following:
– Permit to stay in the country for at least five (5) months and has stayed in the country for at least one (1) month
– Contract from Philippine employer that certifies stay of at least five (5) months

Additional Requirements for Minor Foreigners (16-18 yrs. old)
1. Letter of Parental/Guardian Consent duly notarized

2. Original Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) with photocopy

3. Original valid Visa/Passport with photocopy and any of the following:
– Permit to stay in the country for at least five (5) months and has stayed in the country for at least one (1) month
– Student’s School ID

License Renewal (All Types) (foreigners refer to this list) Documents Required

1. Current/Expired License Card

2. Medical Certificate (from LTO accredited or Government Physician) or valid AFP/PNP organic personnel ID

3. Drug Clearance Certificate (from an LTO accredited drug testing center)

4. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN) Have fun driving it’s a real experience.

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