What Philippines Students need to do to get LTO Student Driver’s License

Jun 23, 2018 | Same topic: Survive driving in the Philippines
Are you ready to get a driver's license? Read on to know full details about LTO student license requirements, required fees and other helpful tips.

Before you can drive on Philippine street, you need to get your own driver’s license first. There are three types of driver’s license, which are:

  • Student’s permit;
  • Non-professtional license;
  • Professional license.

For those who have never taken the driving exam, you will start at student’s permit level. Owner of student’s permit driver’s license can then upgrade to non-professional after only one month. Or you can wait for five more months to upgrade to professional level.

In order to guide you on how to get student license and detailed  requirements of student license, Philkotse.com provide the following instructions. Make sure to study them carefully.

1. LTO student license requirements

Before 2017, the minimum age for an applicant is 16. However, it has been recently raised to 17. Keep in mind the following 4 up-to-date and officially LTO student license requirements:

  • Be at least in the age of 17;
  • Physically and mentally qualified to control a car;
  • Be able to read and write in English or Filipino;
  • Not use alcohol or drug.

If you consider yourself qualified for all above items, you will be able to accomplish the documents below:

  • A copy of your birth certificate and an original one;
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (if employed);
  • Driver’s license application;
  • Marriage certificate (if you are female and married).

You can then submit these documents to the LTO location which is the nearest or most convenient to you. The driving licence application form could be found widely on the Internet, or you can get it at any LTO locations nationwide.

If you are under 18, you must include your parents’ or guadians’ consent along with any of identification and validation. If your parents or guardians are not available, you can get the consent from any notary or lawyer.

driving licence application form in the Philippines

One of the LTO student license requirements is to fill out the driving licence application form

>>> Make sure you have read our detail guidance on driver's license in the Philippines here

2. How to get student license: Application procedures

There is a required thing you need to prepare at home. Showing up neat, tidy and polite at LTO office is a must. Any clothes such as: shorts, slippers, tank top, … is absolutely prohibited. It would be the best if you wear suit, trousers and shoes. Besides, dressing appropriately will help you have a better picture on your license.

That would be good enough, let’s go to the procedure.

Step 1: With your profile completed as mentioned, go to the nearest or any LTO branches you feel convenient. Look for the customer service window. You will be handed a number which represents your turn to be called.

Step 2: When your turn comes, reach to evaluator counter and hand all the documents you prepared in. The evaluator will consider your profile’s completeness and validation. If it is qualified, you will be asked to sit down and wait for your number again.

Step 3: After being called again, you will be directed to a booth in which they will take your picture and your signature.

Step 4: Finish all the required payments. Remember to keep the receipt.

Step 5: You will obtain your student’s permit at releasing counter. They will ask for the receipt above.

Student driver's license in the Philippines

Though not being one of the requirements for student driver's license , dressing appropriately will help you have a better picture on your license

>>> Read more: 3 things to keep in mind when applying for a student driver’s license in the Philippines

3. How to get student license: Required fees & payments

There are three types of payments you must make during process of obtaining the student’s permit as followings:

Fee Cost
Application Fee P100
Computer Fee P67.63
Student Permit Fee P150
Total P317.63

Tip: To quickly finish the procedure, it would be better if you bring an exact amount of money.

4. How to get student license: 4 more things you need to pay attention to

#1. You should regularly check for locations of LTO branches of offices because they could be changed. All information about that is spread out to public. You could find the location on the Internet. Additionally, reference to your friends or relatives is also a good idea.

#2. Before you leave home, make sure you are bringing all the necessary documents with. Remember about clothes. Don’t let them send you back home.

#3. Some of the LTO branches or offices do not provide applicants ballpoint pens. Keep this in mind to bring one.

#4. Nowadays, many improvements have been made that fasten the process of finishing a driver’s license application. If everything goes well, it will take you only 30 minutes to get a license. But you will never know what problems are about to happen. Besides, there is not only you coming to apply, it could take much longer than you predicted. Therefore, it will be careful of you to spare some more money beside the payments for the license.

#5. If you have any questions even about the LTO student permit requirements, feel absolutely free to ask for help at the information desk. They will be pleased to help you out. There are many people outside of the office considering themselves as helpers. But, they are actually trying to draw your money as they save you more time to get the license. This is not what you should do. Doing it yourself helps you understand the procedures and requirements of student license and give you experience for the next license upgrades.

LTO information desk to support questions related to student driving license requirements

Don't hesitate to ask officers for instant help regarding student drivers license requirements and other concerns

We have gone through what you need to know about the requirements for student permit and helpful information on how to get student license in the Philippines. Wish you luck on the process. And don't forget to visit our website for more useful car tips and advice.