How to Change Non-Professional to Professional Driver’s License (and Vice Versa)

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This guide is for driver’s license holders who wish to change the classification of their license from Non-Professional to Professional and vice versa.

Change of Classification from Non-Professional to Professional is usually requested if an individual needs to have the authority to drive heavier types of vehicles for employment, personal, or business purposes.

On the other hand, Change of Classification from Professional to Non-Professional is requested if an individual is not physically fit or doesn’t need the authority to drive heavier types of vehicle anymore.

You can submit an Application for Change of Classification at any LTO Licensing Center or District Office that processes Driver’s License transactions.

 

1. Requirements.

From Non-Professional to Professional Driver’s License (and vice versa):

 

2. Fees.

For VALID Non-Professional to Professional and Professional to Non-Professional:

  • Application Fee – Php 100
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Replacement Fee – Php 225
  • Additional Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Change Classification Fee – Php 100

For EXPIRED Non-Professional to Professional (with the written and practical driving exam) and Professional to Non-Professional (with practical driving exam only):

  • Application Fee – Php 100
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Renewal Fee – Php 585
  • Additional Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Change Classification Fee – Php 100
  • Penalty Fee for one (1) day to one (1) year expired – Php 75
  • Penalty Fee for more than one (1) year to two (2) years expired – Php 150
  • Penalty Fee for more than two (2) years expired (re-exam) – Php 225

For Delinquent License (Pro to Non-Pro & Non-Pro to Pro; with the written and practical driving exam):

  • Application Fee – Php 100
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Renewal Fee – Php 585
  • Additional Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Change Classification Fee – Php 100
  • Penalty Fee for more than two (2) years expired (re-exam) – Php 225

 

3. Step-by-step Guide.

From Non-Professional to Professional Driver’s License (and vice versa):

  1. Submit all the required documents for the Change of Classification Application to the receiving personnel at the LTO Office.
  2. The receiving personnel will check the documents for completeness and hand them over to the evaluator. The evaluator will then review the qualifications of the applicant. If you’re qualified, your application will be encoded in the system.
  3. Wait for your name to be called for the photo and signature taking at the designated area.
  4. Head to the cashier and pay all the necessary fees when your name gets called.
  5. Take the appropriate Basic Driving Theory Test. After the examination, you’ll be informed immediately of the results.
  6. If you have passed the written examinations, you’ll be required to take the Practical Driving Test next.
  7. After passing both the written examinations and the practical driving test, your application will be approved by the Approving Officer.
  8. After the approval, you’ll be issued the new Driver’s License with the Official Receipt. You have to write your name and affix your signature in the Release Form.

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