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As of 2019, 13 million Filipinos are already given the privilege to have their LTO Driving license. Imagine the LTO license renewal scenarios happening each year! And year after year, this number gets higher. For some reasons, most of us are realizing the advantages of driving their own vehicles. Land Transportation Office, LTO for short, is the only government agency which has been authorized to qualify and issue driving licenses.

To qualify here means that the agency must determine first if a person who desires to have a driving license meet the minimum standard in possessing such privilege. If an applicant passed the written and practical test(vicinity driving and parallel parking) conducted by LTO, he now can process to apply for a license. FYI, finishing the theoretical and practical examinations from a driving school won’t guarantee that you’ll automatically pass LTO’s comprehensive written and practical tests. Driving schools help a lot in providing knowledge and skills but if you fail LTO’s tests, all your time and effort will be nonsense.

Just a tip, take your driving school lessons seriously! 

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Now remember, don’t be fooled, if you’re desiring to have your own driving license or planning to renew your license if you a license before, just go the nearest LTO and do not entertain any person who’ll promise you license or license renewal without taking any tests or even “no appearance” scheme before LTO personnel or else , you will face a big trouble one day for a serious violation! 

It seems that everyone is all set. Now, why don’t we take a look on the things that you know first when you are having you LTO license renewal or the Driver’s license renewal:

Let us take some time to consider things with drivers’ license renewal!

Things to Consider for Drivers License Renewal

1. Checking expiration date

One of the basic things to consider if you’re planning to renew you or do LTO renewal of license is to Check first when your license will expire. All the driving licenses issued by LTO have Expiration Date imprints. You can locate that on the lower portion of your license. Basically, it always falls on your Birth month and date. Its year will depend the year LTO declared on your card. If you’re a law-abiding citizen who does not have any record of violation from LTO, the year of your expiration will be on the 10th year starting the date of your renewal.

Yes, ten years validity! Isn’t it cool! On the hand, the validity of you license decreases as you violate LTO’s road and driving rules and regulations. On the other hand, It’s best to apply for driver’s license renewal 2-3 months prior to the expiration declared in your card. The safest date that you can renew your card without penalty is the date seen on your card. If you renew after the declared date on your card, you’ll pay penalty and your LTO driver’s license’s validity will be trimmed down to 5 years only instead of 10 years. 

2. License renewal fees

It’s a basic question the fees to pay when renewing your LTO driving license. Well, Fees depend on license type (professional or non-pro). There are also added fees like e-payment processing fees. It’s not that expensive so each driver must a lot reasonable amount for their LTO renewal experience. Maybe a P3,000-fine is enough motivation for you to invest money for your Driver’s license renewal! 

LTO license renewal fees

Non-professional Driver’s license renewal only:

₱ 585.00 – Non-professional without penalties   

₱ 660.00 to ₱ 735.00 – Non-professional with penalties

₱ 75.00 – day 1 to 1 year of expiration

₱ 150.00 – More than one year to 2 years expiration

Non-professional Driver’s license renewal with revision of records:

₱ 685.00 – Non-professional without penalties   

₱ 760.00 to ₱ 835.00 – Non-professional with penalties

₱ 75.00 – day 1 to 1 year of expiration

₱ 150.00 – More than one year to 2 years expiration

₱ 100.00 – Revision of Records Fee 

Professional Driver’s license renewal only:

₱ 585.00 – for Professional without penalties   

₱ 660.00 to ₱ 735.00 – for Professional with penalties

₱ 585.00 – License Fee/Permit

₱ 75.00 – day 1 to 1 year of expiration

₱ 150.00 – More than one year to 2 years expiration

Professional Driver’s license renewal with revision of records:

• ₱ 685.00 – for Professional without penalties   

• ₱ 760.00 to ₱ 835.00 – for Professional with penalties

• ₱ 75.00 – day 1 to 1 year of expiration

₱ 150.00 – More than one year to 2 years expiration

₱ 100.00 – Revision of Records Fee 

Note:

The fees are subject to changes. This means that LTO may make these fees higher when approved by the higher authorities. Let it be a habit to check receipt and learn the fees found on your official receipt.                                                             

3. Secure requirements

Before going to the LTO for Driver’s license renewal, you secure first the following requirements for a hassle-free transaction. 

Original non-professional driver’s license. You should be responsible enough to take care of your driving license. Your license, though just a wallet-size card, is what giving you the authority and power to drive! So, you take care of it because you’ll surrender it on the day of your renewal for some authentication purposes.   

Medical certificate from an LTO-accredited Medical Clinic. Blood typing and visual competence are the vital things LTO wants you to secure. Blood typing is actually not relevant information for Driver’s license renewal purposes. Blood type is only relevant if a “medical alert” designation is requested to be placed on the driver’s license. Nevertheless, it’s for medical alert purposes.

On the other hand, getting a vision medical exam in LTO Driver’s license renewal ensures driver’s safety, test driver’s visual acuity therefore validates a driver’s fitness to drive. Passing the medical vision screening demonstrates LTO that your eyesight continues to meet the minimum legal standard on driving. 

Certificate of Completion of the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE)

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A comprehensive Driver’s Education Certificate or CDE Certificate is a free and no expiry certificate that proves that a person has already completed the five-hour Comprehensive Driver’s Education. CDE is mandated by LTO from anyone who wants to renew their driver’s license. Designed in compliance with the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 10930, the process ensures that a driver knows and remembers everything before he renews his license. 

4. Application process

After you checked the expiration and secured the certificates you need to present upon renewal, you can now get and accomplish latest Application Form either from LTO portal or from the LTO near you. When you reach LTO, you’ll find a help desk that checks and accepts the LTO Driver’s license renewal requirements. Once you submit your requirements, all you have to do is wait for your turn to pay, then ID photo capture, biometrics and the last phase is the releasing of the card.

It is normal scenario to find LTO offices always packed with license renewals and waiting from window to window transactions will test your patience a lot! But you need not to worry the heavy queuing because LTO is organized enough to handle such volume. They use voiceovers to call each name and guide them to which Window they need to be present. Patience is a virtue because it takes 2-3 hours before you can complete the whole LTO license renewal. After you get your fully renewed license, your good to go as usual. 

5. Duration of renewal

Thanks to Republic Act No. 10930! On October 28, 2021, the LTO started issuing driver’s licenses that are valid for ten (10) years. But those who commits violation will only enjoy the five-year validity.

6. Updating records

Updating records seen in your driver’s license is also vital. If you want to present your driver’s license as a valid identification in your private and government transactions, personal details must jive with the current information and status you have. 

a. Here are the steps in changing information in your LTO driver’s license:

i. Gather your necessary requirements. This includes your current  and old driver’s license. It must be accompanied by any valid ID’s that supports your identity and status like SSS ID, Passport, National ID and the like. If you are changing your civil status from Single to Married, you must be able to show a Marriage Certificate as your supporting document. After you gathered all necessary requirements, you can now proceed to LTO Licensing Center.

Get and fill out the Application Form for the Change of Information in  Driver’s License Form (ATOS). There, you must indicate the information you need to update. Then, submit your ATOS form together with you current license and supporting documents and ID’s to the officer. After validation, you can pay the fees which is typically around Php 300 for minor changes and Php 600 for major changes. Major changes may include name, birthday and address. After payment, someone from the staff will call you for the ID photo taking and biometrics. Then lastly, claim your updated license once printed.     

7. LTO Portal Renewal

Renewing your LTO driver’s license through online is now possible. All you need is an LTMS Portal Online Account. The following steps will teach you how you can renew your driver’s license through the LTMS portal. 

A. Part 1 – LTMS Registration

i. Visit the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) portal at https://portal.lto.gov.ph 

ii. Click the “Register Now” button 

iii. Read all the Terms of Agreement and then click the check box “Yes, I accept” to proceed

iv. Enter the security code or Captcha

v. Click the “Next” button

vi. Choose the type of registrant according to your profile. Click “Enroll as an Individual” 

vii. Click “Yes” when you’re asked if you already have a Philippine Driver’s license. Please provide the following information to complete the whole registration process. 

1. Driver’s License number

2. Expiry date

3. Official receipt number (or your mother’s maiden name if you no longer have the receipt)

4. Choose your nationality (Filipino or otherwise)

5. Click the “Next” button

6. For alien residents, provide necessary details such as Alien Certificate or Registration (ACR) number, Expiry date and Nationality.

7. Click the “Next” button

8. Key in your contact information like email address and cellphone numbers then submit.

9. Check your email inbox for the verification link.

10.  Click the verification link and complete the following required details

• Emergency Contact

• Medical information

• General information 

• Address

11. Once you’re done, the LTMS portal will assign you a 15-digit number that will serve as your username.

B. Driver’s License Renewal via LTMS – Online Driver’s Renewal

Once you have your LTMS account and necessary documents like CDE certificate, you can start renewing your driver’s license using the LTMS. The following will guide you on how to renew:

i. Using your account email address or the 15-digit LTO client number provided to you and your password, log in into the LTMS online portal.

ii. Select and click Licensing in the LTMS dashboard. For newly registered LTMS accounts, the portal will direct you to a form where you need to enter your personal information. After filling out he form, you will be redirected to the portal’s dashboard and you’ll see the notification showing that your profile has been saved. Just select and click licensing again to continue.

iii. Read the LTMS Terms of Use. Accept those by clicking the blue “Accept” button on your screen

iv. The Online Application Form will appear, just select and click Driver’s License for License Classification. 

v. Select and click “Add Medical Certificate” and provide your Medical Certificate Number. Click “Verify” button.

vi. Select and click “Renewal” as the type of application. Click “Next” button.

vii. You can select your preferred appointment schedule and LTO office of your choice.

viii. Then pay applicable renewal fees through your preferred payment method.

ix. Go to you preferred LTO Office on the appointed date. Although you have already processed you LTO driver’s license renewal application via LTMS portal, it still a must for you to go to the LTO office on your appointed date.  

Frequently asked Questions on LTO Driver’s License Renewal

1. How early can I renew my driver’s license?

You can apply 2-3 months in advance to allow sufficient time for processing. On the other hand, you can renew your driver’s license a few months before the expiration but should not be more than two (2) years after the given expiration date.  

2. What are the requirements needed for LTO Driver’s license Renewal?

The following are needed: your old Driver’s license, current medical certificate, application form, and other supporting documents or ID’s to support changes from your previous driver’s license.

3. Do I need to take exams again when I’m planning to renew my driver’s license?

For non-professional and is not planning to shift to professional one, you don’t need to take the same exams you took when you’re applying from Student to Non-professional license. All you’ll need to submit are latest medical and seminar certificates.

4. My license is expired, am I still allowed to drive?

No, you must stop driving once your license expires. Moreover, driving with an expired driver’s license will get you penalized according to our law.

5. Damaged license?

Do I need to renew again? No, you don’t have, but you can directly apply for the replacement of your driver’s license due to damage. You must need to submit supporting document when needed and you’ll pay fees again for the processing and reprinting of your license. 

 Where to download the Driver’s license renewal form? You can go to LTO portal renewal or you can also get them at the nearest LTO regional licensing office. 

6. How long is the validity of my LTO driver’s license?

According to Republic Act (RA) 10930, the validity of your driver’s license once renewed will be ten (10) years from the year you renewed your license but only five (5) years for those who violated traffic rules and regulations and have been recorded to LTO’s database.

7. Can I renew my license Online?

Renewing one’s license though online is now possible. You need a LTMS portal online account. 

Historical Background of LTO: let’s take a look!

The idea of land transport system in the Philippines started when our ancestors started use animals to carry loads. There’s no clear evidences or records regarding the discovery of the transport system in early times of the Philippines. Since early settlers in our islands are believed to be the migrants who travelled from the nearby countries, we can assume then that they must have already had the idea of using animals to transport humans and goods as well.

Traffic laws and regulations are informal and simple and passed through generations through words. The traders from the surrounding areas might have helped a lot to make our transport systems more complex. 

In the early 1900s. it is said to be that some motor vehicles seen operating in the public roads in Manila and other urbanized places. At this time, Philippines was still under the American control when early Filipinos also learned to use more motorized and more complex vehicles like trucks, jeeps and cars. Little by little, the transport system became improved thus, traffic rules and regulations also became formalized and printed.

On February 6,1912, Legislative Act No. 2159 was passed for the regulations both on motorized vehicles and licensing of the operators. The legislative act is said to be the first formal law on land transportation passed by legislature. This was later on amended by 2389, 2556, 2587, 2639 and 2925. The Act No. 3045 of 1922 was enacted to compile and incorporate all laws governing motor vehicles. The Automobile Section was then turned to the Automobile Division under the Bureau of Public Works. 

On January 1, 1933, “The Revised Motor Vehicle Law” or Act No. 3992 was passed amending Act 3045. The Automobile Division was renamed as Division of Motor Vehicles where the Division Chief was called the Superintendent of Division of Motor Vehicles. Series of amendments was also done such as Commonwealth Act Numbers 123, 548, 556, 652 and Republic Act Numbers 314, 587 and 2383. 

On June 2, 1945, Department Order No. 4 was released by the Department of Public Works and Highways reorganizing the Division. But it was only after the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese in 1946 the law took effect. In 1947, Executive Order No. 94 was enacted to reorganize the different executive offices, bureaus and departments where as the Division of Motor Vehicles, under the Section 82 of this Executive Order, was upgraded into Motor Vehicles Office or MVO with Bureau as its new category. 

1950s and 1960s set a great jumpstart for the Philippines’ economy.  The 1950s were the era of import controls and foreign exchange. The country’s economy grew significantly in fifties and sixties. Industrialization started to kick in and brought advancement for more road constructions. The purchase of motor vehicles also grew and the demand for MVO service must render also increased.

This led to the issuance Administrative Regulation No. 1 on June 5, 1961, by the DPWH, transferring the function of collecting registration fees from city treasurers to the various vehicle agencies of MVO.  

Motor Vehicle Office was then later on abolished with the issuance of Republic Act 4136 of 1964. The Republic Act was also known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. This led to the creation Land Transportation Commission. This law also partially revoked Act No. 3992 also known as The Revised Motor Vehicle Law.

The new law stated that the Land Transportation Commission shall “control as far as they apply, the registration and operation of motor vehicles and the licensing of owners, dealers, conductors, drivers and similar matters.” For the effective implementation, Regional Offices in different parts of the country was established by Land Transportation Commission. 

Years after, the Commission was renamed into Bureau of Land Transportation. This was done when Executive Number 546 was enacted on July 23, 1979. The law led the creation of Ministry of Transportation and Communications or MOTC which also absorbed the Bureau of Land Transportation. 

On the other hand, issuance of permanent plates to owners or motor vehicles and trailers(amending for the purpose section 17 of RA 4136) was passed with declaration of Batas Pambansa Bilang 43 on June 1980. 

Five years had passed and Bureau of Land Transportation and Board of Transportation were abolished with the promulgation Executive Order 1011 on March 20, 1985. This led to the birth of Land Transportation Commission or LTC. Bureau of Land Transportation and Board of Transportation were merged and their responsibilities, functions and powers were transferred to the newly established Land Transportation Commission.

The Commission was then headed by a Chairman and assisted by four (4) Commissioners. The LTC functioned to regulate and control operations on motor vehicle registrations, drivers and conductors’ licensing, public utility vehicles’ franchising, enforcement of traffic rules and regulations and deciding apprehensions.  

Two years after of the Commission’s creation, it was then also abolished. On January 30, 1987, The Land Transportation Office also known as LTO today and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board or LTFRB were born. The BLT or Bureau of Land Transportation’s functions was taken over by the LTO while LTFRB took over BOT or Bureau of Transportation’s former functions.  Ministry of Transportation and Communications or MOTC was renamed Department of Transportation and Communications or DOTC until today. 

All these changes took effect with the declaration of Executive Order No. 125 and was amended by Executive Orders No. 125-A of 1987 and Executive Order 226 of 1987. Though the agency has undergone a lot of significant changes, its goals and mission always stay the same: to promote safety and comfort in land travel. 

As of now, LTO is composed of thirteen (16) regional offices. Note:  While CAR and CARAGA are attached to the DOTC, they report to LTO Central Office on matters of registration of motor vehicles, issuance of driver’s licenses and enforcement of land transportation laws, rules and regulations (as per LTO portal).

The Land Transportation Office or LTO is now composed of the following regions

• Region I – Aguila Road, Brgy. Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union

• Region II – San Gabriel, Tuguegarao, Cagayan

• Region III – Government Center, Brgy. Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

• Region IVA – J. C. Abadilla Memorial Bldg., Old City Hall Compound, B. Morada Ave., Lipa City Batangas

• Region IVB – MIMAROPA – LTO Compd., East Avenue, QC.

• Region V – Regional Govt. Center Site, Rawis, Legaspi City

• Region VI – Tabuc-Suba, Jaro, Iloilo City

• Region VII – Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City

• Region VIII – Old Army Road, Tacloban City

• Region IX – Veterans Ave., Zamboanga City/Balangasan St., Pagadian

• Region X – MVIS Compound, Zone 7, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City

• Region XI – Quimpo Blvd., Davao City

• Region XII – ARMM Compound, Cotabato City/No. 79 G. Del Pilar St., Koronadal City, South Cotabato

• National Capital Region (NCR) – #20 G. Araneta Avenue, Brgy. Sto Domingo, Q.C.

•Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – Engineer’s Hill, Baguio City/2nd Flr., Post Office Loop, Session Road, Baguio City

• CARAGA – J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City

You can visit any of these offices near you for your LTO driver’s license renewal. Also, beside from these regional offices, LTO has also local provincial offices which you can approach for any matter related to the services they offer.