Complete guide to non-pro driver's license requirements

Updated Jan 05, 2021 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!

Read this first if you’re planning to get a non-pro driver’s license.

After using a student permit issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for some time, the next logical step would be acquiring a Non-professional or Non-pro driver’s license, right? Let’s face it, you won’t stay a student forever, and that a student permit has a lot of limitations that just won’t do for an adult driver.

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You can't use your driver's license forever.

Here are non-pro license requirements for 2020 you’ll need to make your transition from being a student permit holder to a non-pro driver license holder a bit easier. We also included the basic qualifications for a non-pro driver’s license, plus the requirements needed for its renewal.

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Getting a non-pro license is one big step in becoming an adult.

Non-professional license requirements 2020​​​​​​​:

1. A duly accomplished driver’s license application form (ADL). You can get a copy of an ADL form here.

2. A student permit that’s at least one month old.

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The ADL is the form needed for all LTO driver's licenses.

3. A medical certificate from an LTO accredited clinic. This will prove that you’re mentally and physically fit to drive a motor vehicle. Do note that a scanned copy of the medical certificate must be sent to the LTO IT system. This is on top of the hard copy that will be handed to you after the medical exam.

4. An applicant must pass the practical examination and written examination. Applicants who have failed the written test or practical test twice are not allowed to apply for a non-pro driver’s license for two years.

5. For foreigners, you’ll need to present your original passport and visa, and a copy of each. If born in the Philippines, you’ll need to present a birth certificate authenticated by the National Statistics Office.

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Remember that the LTO now has an online appointment system

>>> Related: Here’s your guide to Professional Driver’s License requirements in 2020

Non-professional Driver’s License Qualifications

1. The applicant must be at least 17 years of age when applying for a non-pro driver’s license.

2. Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motorized vehicle.

3. The applicant must be a holder of a valid student driver’s permit.

4. The applicant must be able to read and write in English, or Filipino, or a local dialect.

5. The applicant must pass the practical driving exam and the written exam.

6. In going to the LTO office, the applicant must be presentable. Your picture will be taken there after all. As such, wearing sandos, shorts, and slippers are prohibited.

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Try to look your best because that picture on your driver's license will last a long time

Non-professional Driver’s License Requirements for Renewal

1. An applicant’s non-pro driver’s license is due to expire.

2. Duly accomplished driver’s license application form or ADL.

3. Medical certificate from a Department of Health or LTO accredited clinic.

Note: The mandatory testing for the renewal of a driver’s license is no longer required.

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Non-pro license requirements 2020​​​​​​​: FAQ

1. Question: Is a mandatory drug test required for the application/renewal for a driver’s license?

Answer: Mandatory drug testing for driver’s license application and renewal is no longer required as per Section 36 (A) of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, following the passing of RA10586.

2. Question: What is the passing score for the LTO written exam?

Answer: A non-pro driver’s license applicant must get 30 out 40 to pass.

3. Question: How much money do I need to prepare when applying for a Non-pro driver’s license?

Answer: Around Php 820.26. We advise you to prepare around Php 900 to account for photocopy services. Note that this does not include the cost of the medical certificate.

4. Question: What does the non-pro driver’s license allow me to do?

Answer: A non-pro driver’s license allows its holder to drive motorcycles, as well as motor vehicles with manual or automatic transmissions that do not weigh more than 4,500 kilograms. This includes most passenger vehicles like pickup trucks, sedans, SUVs, minivans, MPVs, etc.

5. Question: What do I do if I fail my LTO license written or practical tests?

Answer: The LTO will allow you to take the driving test and written test up to three times. If you fail either test, you’ll have to wait for a month. Fail either one for a second time then wait for a year.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

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