How to Renew Driver’s License in the Philippines: An Ultimate Guide


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Renewing a driver’s license can require a lot of your time and effort, especially if you don’t know where to begin. This comprehensive guide will help you efficiently and quickly renew your driver’s license, whether you’re a Filipino here or an OFW abroad.

Related: How to Apply for a Driver’s License in the Philippines

 

How to Renew Your Driver’s License: Requirements and Procedure.

If without revisions, the renewal of both Professional and Non-Professional Driver’s License can be done at any DLROs or LTO Driver’s Licensing Renewal Offices in the country.

1. Qualifications.

  • For Professional and Non-Professional Driver’s License Holders: You must have attended at least four hours of lectures and driving lessons from an LTO-accredited and TESDA-certified driving school (LTO will be offering the same services but at a lower rate for those who cannot afford to enroll in a driving school). This additional qualification is part of a new LTO policy which will be implemented soon after it gets approved.
  • For Professional Driver’s License Holders: You should not have a record of two or more counts of reckless driving during the validity period of the existing license.

 

2. Requirements.

For Non-Professional Driver’s License Holders:

  • Fully accomplished Application Form for Driver’s License (ADL)
  • Medical examination certificate (online-only/electronically transmitted). Medical certificates should only come from an LTO-accredited clinic or physician. To save time and avoid long queues, you can get a medical certificate a few days before your date of application at the LTO office. As of this writing, the medical certificate costs Php 450 and is valid for two (2) months.

For Professional Driver’s License Holders:

  • Fully Accomplished Application Form for Driver’s License (ADL)
  • Medical examination certificates (online-only/electronically transmitted)
  • Professional Driver’s License should not be expired for over 10 years

 

3. Fees.

  • License Fee (Pro & Non-Pro) – Php 585
  • 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
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Application Fee (for more than two years expired) – Php 100
  • Additional Computer Fee (for more than two years expired) – Php 67.63

Fees to be paid for a Dormant License (Pro & Non-Pro).

A driver’s license becomes dormant if it hasn’t been renewed for over two years.

  • Application Fee – Php 100
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • License Fee – Php 585
  • Penalty – Php 225
  • Additional Computer Fee – Php 67.63

 

4. Step-by-step Guide.

  1. Submit all the required documents to the receiving personnel.
  2. The personnel will retrieve your license details from the system. The license details will be shown to you so you can confirm if all the details are still correct or if any changes should be made.
  3. You can proceed to the next step if no revisions are needed.
  4. Have your photo and signature taken.
  5. Head to the cashier and pay the corresponding fees.
  6. The Pro or Non-Pro Driver’s License Card with the Official Receipt, as well as the expired card, will be released. You’ll be asked to write your name and affix your signature on the Release Form.

 

How to Set up an Online Appointment for Faster Driver’s License Renewal.

Individuals who wish to renew an expired Driver’s License now have the option to set up an appointment online. There’s a special lane in LTO Offices for online appointments.

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  1. Go to the official website of LTO Online Services.
  2. From the selection of offered services, choose ‘LTO Online Appointment’.
  3. From the selection of LTO transactions, choose ‘Driver’s License Renewal Online Appointment’.
  4. Read the terms of use and check the box confirming that you consent and agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. Complete the captcha requirements and click the ‘Continue’ button.
  6. In the next page, you’ll be asked to provide the following details: (1) Driver’s License Details (Driver’s License Number and Birth Date in mm/dd/yyyy format) and (2) License Holder’s Information (which includes your First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Home Address, Email Address, and Mobile Number)
  7. From the list of options, choose the LTO branch that you prefer.
  8. Pick a specific date and time for your appointment.
  9. You’ll receive an email notification containing specific instructions that you need to follow in order to secure your appointment.
  10. Once your appointment’s confirmed, prepare all the needed documents and show up on the date of your appointment.

 

How to Renew Driver’s License if You’re an OFW.

If within the National Capital Region (NCR), OFWs can have their Driver’s License renewed at the LTO License Section Central/ Office. If outside Metro Manila, renewal applications of OFWs can be accepted at any LTO District Offices or Licensing Centers.

1. Requirements.

a. Initial Requirements.

  • Authorization letter allowing the chosen representative to renew and claim Driver’s License
  • Photocopies of passport (first page, visa page, departure in the Philippines, last overseas arrival)
  • Photocopy of Driver’s License
  • Photocopy of Driver’s License Receipt (if available)

b. Additional Requirements.

  • Driver’s License
  • Drug Test result
  • Medical examination certificate (online-only/electronically submitted). Medical certificates, including drug results, should only come from an LTO-accredited clinic or physician.
  • Photocopy of TIN or TIN Card
  • Photocopy of passport

 

2. Fees.

  • Renewal Fee (Pro & Non-Pro) – Php 585
  • Penalties (if expired) (Pro & Non-Pro):
    • One (1) day to one (1) year expired – Php 75
    • More than one (1) year to two (2) years expired – Php 150
    • More than two (2) years to ten (10) years expired – Php 225

 

3. Step-by-step Guide.

Renewal Application through a Representative:

  1. Head to the customer service counter and get the Driver’s License Application Form and the checklist of requirements. The applicant can download the form online and fill it out prior to the representative’s transaction at the LTO Office. Get the queue number and wait for it to be called.
  2. Head to the Evaluator Counter and submit all the initial requirements and have them checked for completeness and authenticity.
  3. The representative should head to the cashier to pay the corresponding fees.
  4. Head to the Releasing Counter and get the Driver’s License Receipt which should serve as the Temporary Driver’s License.

Completing the Renewal Application:

  1. The applicant should present himself to the same office where the representative applied for license renewal within 30 days after arriving in the country.
  2. Submit the additional requirements.
  3. Head to the photo-taking/signature area and wait for your turn.
  4. Head to the Releasing Counter and present the Driver’s License Receipt to claim your License Card. You’ll be asked to write your name and affix your signature on the Release Form.

 

How to Renew Driver’s License in Advance (Advanced Renewal).

Driver’s license holders can renew their licenses as early as 6o days before the expiry date. If you want to apply for a renewal as early as 61 days to 1 year before your license expires, you have to submit proof that you’ll be out of the country when it expires.

Advance renewal applications can be processed at any Licensing Centers or District Offices with Driver’s License transactions.

1. Requirements.

  • Fully accomplished Application form for Driver’s License (ADL)
  • Valid driver’s license card (Non-Professional or Professional)
  • Original and photocopy of any of the following documents: Plane ticket, passport with a valid visa, employment contract (Certified True Copy)
  • Medical examination certificate (online-only/electronically transmitted)

 

2. Fees.

  • License Fee (Pro & Non-Pro) – Php 585
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63

 

3. Step-by-step Guide.

  1. Head to the customer service counter and get the Driver’s License Application Form and the checklist of requirements. You can download the form online and fill it out prior to your transaction at the LTO Office. Get your queue number and wait for your turn.
  2. Head to the Evaluator Counter to submit all the needed requirements and have them checked for completeness and authenticity.
  3. Head to the photo-taking/signature area and wait for your turn.
  4. Head to the cashier and wait for your number to be called. Once it’s your turn, pay the required fees and get the Official Receipt.
  5. Proceed to the Releasing Counter and present the Official Receipt to claim your License Card. You’ll be asked to write your name and affix your signature in the Release Form.

 

Tips and Warnings.

  1. You don’t need the services of a fixer. You can go through the process of license renewal without the help of anyone. By saying no to fixers, you’ll avoid paying additional costs and getting into trouble due to fake licenses.
  2. Head to the nearest LTO office early in the morning to avoid long lines. It’s best to arrive at least 30 minutes to an hour before the usual opening time–8:00 AM for LTO Offices and 10:00 AM for LTO Centers inside malls.
  3. Instead of LTO Offices, head to LTO Centers inside malls for a more convenient and faster renewal process. It’s more comfortable to apply for renewal inside malls because it’s air-conditioned while most LTO Offices have defective air conditioners. It’s also proven that license renewals are processed around 3 hours faster inside malls than in LTO Offices.
  4. To save a lot of time and quickly go through the renewal process, make sure to complete your medical certificate in advance. You can do it one day before your transaction. Make sure to have it transmitted electronically.
  5. Before heading to the nearest LTO Office or Center, you can make a call and confirm if your preferred office will be open on the day of your transaction.
  6. Make sure that you have settled all past traffic violations. Pay all the penalty fees at least a couple of days or weeks before you apply for license renewal.
  7. If you have a violation/s, proceed to the main or regional LTO office to renew your driver’s license. Satellite office don’t process the renewal of driver’s licenses that have violated traffic rules.
  8. If possible, it’s better to renew your license in advance. By doing so, you’ll also be exempted from paying penalty fees.
  9. If you can, fill out the application form in advance so you can go straight to the next step of the renewal process. You should also bring your expired license and official receipt even if it’s not included on the list of requirements.

 

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. Are holders of expired driver’s licenses allowed to drive?

No, drivers with an expired license are not allowed to drive until they have their license renewed. If a person is caught driving with an expired license, he might face criminal charges and can be fined with a corresponding penalty fee.

 

2. Is it required to take the driving test again when renewing a driver’s license?

Only driver’s license holders whose licenses have been expired for over two (2) years will be required to take the driving test again.

 

3. Can a driver’s license be renewed even after it expires?

Yes, expired driver’s licenses can still be renewed but with an additional penalty fee.

 

About the Author.

Anna Pamela R. Capistrano is an experienced content writer who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia studies at the University of the Philippines – Open University. She has been working as a freelance writer for over 6 years and has created a wide range of content for various websites. Aside from writing, she also loves cooking, baking, dancing, and watching K-dramas. As an Aquarius woman, she’s passionate about making the world a better place one step at a time.

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