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

Renewing a driver’s license may 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 LTO 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

 

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At a Glance: Latest Updates About LTO Driver’s License Renewal

  • July 2022: Student permits, driver’s licenses, conductor’s licenses, and medical certificates that are supposed to expire this July can be renewed until the last day of September. Meanwhile, some LTO branches now release “black-and-white” Official Receipts (OR) for license renewal, application, and replacement.
  • June 10, 2022: The LTO announced a two-month extension1 on the validity of student permits, driver’s licenses, and conductor’s licenses that are set to expire in June. Thus, licenses that are supposed to expire in June 2022 can still be renewed until August 31, 2022. This is to ensure a low volume of people renewing in LTO branches as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
  • May 13, 2022: Student permits, driver’s licenses, and conductor’s licenses that already expired in April and those that will expire in May are given a two-month validity extension in light of the increasing COVID-19 cases in the country. Therefore, licenses that originally expired in April 2022 will still be valid until June 30, 2022 while licenses that will expire in May 2022 will still be valid until July 31, 20222. Moreover, LTO has also announced that the validity of medical certificates (which is one of the driver’s license renewal requirements) that expired in April or May has been extended as well.
 

Watch Video: How To Renew LTO Driver’s License Online

 

How Long Is the Validity of the Driver’s License After Renewal?

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Source: Land Transportation Office-Philippines Official Facebook Page.

As of October 2021, it is now possible to renew your expired driver’s license and get a new one with 10-year validity3. The LTO currently issues driver’s licenses with 10-year validity in some LTO offices including the LTO’s Central Office-Licensing Section and Quezon City Licensing Center. Aside from Metro Manila, the LTO recently announced that a 10-year valid driver’s license can now be handed out4 by LTO offices in Region I, Region II, Region III, Region IVA, and Region V.

For you to be issued a driver’s license with 10-year validity, you must not have incurred any traffic violation throughout the validity period of your existing license. In other words, you must have zero demerit points based on the LTO’s records. Having at least one demerit point or recorded traffic violation makes you ineligible for the 10-year valid license and only qualified to apply for the driver’s license with 5-year validity. Since demerit points reset every renewal, everyone has the chance to get a 10-year valid driver’s license as long as they meet the qualifications. You may check whether or not you have a demerit point by logging in to your LTMS account and clicking Violations on the home screen.

Furthermore, getting a 10-year valid license requires you to take the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) seminar through any Driver’s Education Center, LTO-accredited driving school, or LTO’s Land Transportation Management System (LTMS). You also have to pass the mandatory exam after taking the seminar (further details about the CDE can be seen in the succeeding sections of this article).

The validity of driver’s licenses that expired in October 2021 is extended by two months to help motorists adjust to these changes in the renewal process.

 

Who Are Qualified for LTO Driver’s License Renewal?

You can renew your driver’s license if you meet the following qualification requirements:

  • You must be a holder of a Driver’s License that has expired for up to 9 years. Those that have expired for 10 years or more are no longer qualified for renewal and therefore should start from scratch and reapply for a student permit. Licenses that have been expired for more than 2 years (but not 10 years or more) can still apply for renewal but they need to take the theoretical and practical driving exams.
  • You must have completed the Comprehensive Driver’s Education and passed its corresponding validating exam which will now be required for all drivers seeking to renew their driver’s licenses starting October 28, 20215. The CDE certificate is a primary requirement for the driver’s license renewal (see next section) so you can’t proceed to the LTO to renew your license unless you have already obtained this certificate.
  • 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.
 

Driver’s License Renewal Requirements

  • Fully accomplished Application Form for Driver’s License (ADL)
  • Original driver’s license (Non-Professional or Professional).
  • Original and photocopy of any government-issued ID with photo and signature of the applicant.
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number or TIN, if you’re employed.
  • Medical examination certificate (online-only/electronically transmitted). Medical certificates should only come from an LTO-accredited clinic or physician6. To save time and avoid long queues, you can get a medical certificate a few days before your date of application. As of this writing, the medical certificate costs anywhere between Php 400 and Php 450 and is valid for two (2) months. No need to provide urine or stool samples as the medical exam will only test/measure your vision, blood pressure, and overall medical condition. Although the clinic is responsible for electronically transmitting the certificate to the LTO, applicants will still be issued a hard copy which they should present on the day of their application for verification purposes. Take note that as per a recent memorandum released by LTO, the medical examination is no longer a one-time requirement. Even after the successful renewal of your driver’s license, you will still be required to undergo Periodic Medical Examinations (PME). This is to ensure that you will remain fit to drive a motor vehicle throughout the validity of your new license, regardless if you have obtained a 5-year or 10-year valid license. For more information about PME, please refer to the succeeding section below.
  • For holders of driver’s licenses that have expired for over 2 years: Certificates proving that you have passed the theoretical and practical driving exams.
  • Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) Certificate to prove that you have attended the required number of hours of the seminar and passed its corresponding validating exam given by LTO or any LTO-accredited driving school/training center. As of September 30, 2021, here’s the complete list of all LTO-accredited driving schools in the Philippines. As mentioned previously, starting October 28, 2021, all driver’s license renewal applicants will be required to complete a Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) and pass its validating exam. The goal of this refresher course is to reorient the drivers to the basic traffic rules and regulations as well as road safety as stated under the Republic Act No. 10930. Drivers whose licenses are about to expire will be given a validity extension of two months to give them time to comply with this new requirement. To review for the validating exam, you can use the free materials offered at all LTO offices, the LTO website, or LTO social media pages7. The exam can be taken through the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) portal or at Driver’s Education Centers in select LTO offices. You can also opt to take the course and exam at any accredited driving school, but expect to pay fees. In case the applicant fails to pass the exam, he/she can retake the course and exam as many times as needed. For more information about Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE), kindly read the next section.
 

Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE): Everything You Need to Know

What is the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE)?

The Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) certificate is a new mandatory requirement for renewing a professional or non-professional driver’s license in the Philippines. CDE consists of a 5-hour training program or seminar on traffic rules and regulations and road safety and a 25-item mandatory exam. You must pass the exam to obtain the CDE certificate which is required before you can renew your driver’s license.

The good thing about the CDE is that it is possible to complete it without paying for anything since it is free when completed online or at any LTO Office8. Once you have passed the validating exam, you will receive a certification that you must present to LTO to process your license renewal.

Where to take the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE)?

You may take the Comprehensive Driver’s Education at any LTO Driver’s Education Center or LTO-accredited driving school. If you opt to self-review for the CDE validating exam, you may access CDE learning materials such as videos, slide presentations, and e-books via the LTO’s Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).

How to Obtain a Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) Certificate

1. Complete the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) seminar

There are two ways to avail of the CDE: offline and online.

To avail of the CDE course offline, proceed to the nearest LTO Driver’s Education Center or LTO-accredited driving school and watch a five-hour visual presentation. If you take the course from any of these providers, you will be able to complete it for free. Otherwise, you can take the course through an LTO-accredited driving school upon payment of fees (estimated to be anywhere between Php 1,000 and Php 3,000).

Alternatively, you can complete the CDE course online via the LTO online portal or LTMS. Although the course materials such as audio-visual presentations and reading materials can be accessed without an account, it is highly recommended that you make one since you won’t be able to take the validating online exam without it.

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The CDE learning materials cover the following topics:

  • Road Safety
  • Road Traffic Rules
  • Special Laws (e.g., Traffic and Administrative Rules, Violations, Fines, and Penalties with Demerit Points)
  • Special Laws, Motorcycle (MC), and Tricycle (TC)
  • Other Regulations (e.g., Passengers and Cargoes, Common Violations and Tips)
  • General Information 

2. Take the CDE Validating Exam

According to the LTO, the CDE validating exam can be taken physically at the LTO Driver’s Education Center in select offices or online via the LTMS. 

Whether you’re renewing a professional or non-professional driver’s license, you have to get at least 13 correct answers out of 25 questions (50% rating) to pass the exam. The questions in the exam are mostly multiple-choice questions. Furthermore, the exam has no time limit and can be retaken immediately in case you are unable to pass it.

Once you’re able to pass the exam, you can now print your CDE Validating Exam Certificate (LTO branches can also print the certificate for you) which you will then present upon renewal of your driver’s license.

Additional information:

  • It is required to take additional CDE reviewers if you have incurred multiple violations.
  • As of this writing, the changes in the LTO’s renewal process are now being implemented in some LTO offices in NCR. For those regions outside NCR, wait for further announcements from LTO about this matter. Kindly check their official Facebook page or website for updates.
  • You can verify through the LTMS whether or not you have incurred demerit points. Just log in to the LTMS and click Violations on the home screen of the portal. You can also see any unsettled and settled violations or apprehensions in this section. Make sure that you regularly review this section to verify whether you are eligible for the 10-year validity incentive or not.
 

Periodic Medical Examination (PME): Everything You Need to Know

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All 10-year and 5-year valid driver’s license holders are subject to mandatory Periodic Medical Examination (PME) during the validity of their licenses9. PME must be done with an LTO-accredited medical clinic.

Having a 10-year driver’s license requires you to undergo PME within 60 days before your 4th and 7th birthdates from the issuance of your license. For example, if you obtain your driver’s license in 2021, you must undergo PME within 60 days before your birthday in 2025 and in 2028. Take note that the PME is different from the standard medical examination that is required each time you renew your driver’s license. This means that in a span of 10 years of your license validity, you will undergo a total of four medical examinations (i.e., 2 for renewal, 2 PME).

On the other hand, if you have a 5-year valid driver’s license, you will be required to undergo PME within 60 days before your 3rd birthdate from the issuance of your license. Thus, if you obtain your driver’s license in 2021, you must undergo PME within 60 days before your birthday in 2024. Take note again that the PME is different from the standard medical examination required each time you apply for license renewal. In other words, in a span of 5 years of license validity, you will undergo a total of 3 medical examinations (i.e., 2 for application or renewal, 1 PME).

Once the examining physician determines that you are still qualified to drive a motor vehicle, he/she will prepare a medical certificate containing the findings. Check first if the medical certificate contains the biometric finger scan of the physician and the licensee before being electronically submitted to the LTO portal or Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).

In case the physician finds that the licensee’s condition has changed in a manner that there is already a need to reclassify the license or restrict or modify the conditions of the license, the LTO will update the license’s details. Meanwhile, if the physician determines that the licensee is physically or mentally unfit to drive, the LTO will suspend the license and physically store it until a specialist certifies that the licensee can safely drive a motor vehicle again.

 

How Much Is the LTO Driver’s License Renewal Fee?

  • License Fee (Pro & Non-Pro) – Php 589
  • 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 68
  • 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

LTO Student Driver’s Permit Renewal Fees

  • Application Fee: Php 100
  • License Renewal Fee: Php 150
  • Penalty Fee for one (1) day to one (1) year expired – Php 50
  • Penalty Fee for more than one (1) year to two (2) years expired – Php 100
  • Penalty Fee for more than two (2) years expired – Php 150

Other Fees

Aside from license renewal fees, motorists might also encounter other transaction fees such as:

  1. Change Classification from Professional to Non-professional (and vice-versa)
  • Change Classification Fee: Php 100
  • Replacement Fee: Php 225 (valid licenses), Php 585 (expired licenses)
  1. Additional Restriction Code (RD): Php 100 (also applicable for every information changed in one’s license)
  2. Conversion Fee (for foreign licenses): Php 100
 

How To Renew LTO Driver’s License (Walk-in): A Step-by-Step Guide

The instructions listed here are only for walk-in applicants who are renewing their licenses.

However, given our ongoing health crisis, LTO encourages the public to renew their licenses online10 via the new portal that can be accessed at portal.lto.gov.ph (see the next section for more info).

After completing the renewal process online and paying the required fees, you can then claim your new driver’s license at any of the 24 LTO offices nationwide11. A courier service will soon be available to completely eliminate face-to-face transactions.

Should you prefer a walk-in application, or in case the online portal is under maintenance/inaccessible, you may proceed to any LTO branch. However, it is recommended to renew your license in LTO Renewal Offices in malls (e.g., SM branches) since they are usually not crowded and the renewal process is faster and more convenient there.  

  1. Obtain a Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) Certificate. It is now mandatory to present a CDE Certificate whether you are renewing a non-professional or professional driver’s license. In addition, you must already have an LTO Client ID before coming to the LTO office. The LTO Client ID is proof that you have already registered at the LTMS Public Portal. Read the next section (i.e., LTMS Registration) for more details on how to create your LTMS account.
  2. Go to the nearest LTO office or licensing center. For a faster transaction, proceed to one of the LTO renewal offices in select malls that are not as crowded.
  3. Submit all the required documents to the receiving personnel (usually on Window 1).
  4. 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. You can proceed to the next step if no revisions are needed. In case you have existing unpaid penalties, you are required to settle them first (by paying them) before proceeding to the next steps. 
  5. Head to the cashier and pay the corresponding fees.
  6. Go to the encoding section to have your photograph, biometrics, and digital signature taken.
  7. 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.

Reminders:

  • Renewal applicants don’t need to take the Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) and Practical Driving Course (PDC) which are designed for student permit and Non-Pro/Pro Driver’s License applicants, respectively. Instead, drivers applying for renewal will be required to complete the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) and obtain the CDE certificate starting October 28, 2021.
  • If your driver’s license has expired for more than 2 years or is already dormant, you’ll be required to retake both written and practical exams at the LTO district or licensing office (the renewal centers located at malls are strictly for regular renewal applicants only). According to one of our readers, the passing rate for the written exam is 75%. Meanwhile, the practical exam’s passing rate is 80%. In case you fail the practical exam, you have to retake it after a week. The rental costs for the vehicle that will be used for the practical exam range from Php 250 (for a motorcycle) to Php 400 (for a car). You may opt to bring your own vehicle so that you don’t have to pay the rental fee.
  • Holders of driver’s licenses that have expired for 10 years or more are no longer allowed for renewal. Instead, they have to go back to square one and apply for a student permit.
 

How To Renew LTO Driver’s License Online: A Step-by-Step Guide

Driver’s license renewal can now be done online, thanks to the new LTO Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).

Launched in May 202012, the LTMS provides an online platform for Filipinos to renew their expired licenses. Whether you are using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any digital device, you can access the LTMS anytime and avail of its services. Once you have applied online via LTMS for your license renewal, there’s no need to physically fill out an application form upon arriving at the LTO office on your appointment date. 

However, in order for you to renew your driver’s license online, you must first create an LTMS account. The following step-by-step guides will teach you how to register at LTMS and renew your driver’s license through your LTMS account.

Part I: LTMS Registration

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  1. Visit the LTO online portal or Land Transportation Management System here.
  2. Click the Register Now button.
  3. Read and accept the Terms of Agreement. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tick the Yes, I accept box. Enter the security code in the space provided and click the blue Next button.
  4. Select Enroll as an Individual.
  5. Provide the details of your existing license. After selecting Enroll as an Individual in the previous step, you will be asked by the system whether you have a Philippine driver’s license or a conductor’s license. Once you click Yes, you will need to provide the details of your driver’s license or conductor’s license including the license number, expiry date, and Official Receipt number. Click the Next button.
  6. Select your citizenship. If you are a non-Filipino citizen, you have to provide your Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) details. Otherwise, you can just click the Next button.
  7. Enter the required personal information including your complete name, birth date, gender, and mother’s maiden name. Upon completion, select the Next button.
  8. Enter the email address (where you wish to receive the verification message) and your phone number. Once done, click the Create Account button. Take note that it may take a maximum of 24 hours before you receive the verification message via your account email address.
  9. Click the link found in the verification message sent to your email to continue your registration process.
  10. Create a password that you will use every time you log in to the LTMS. To do this, select Set Password to Login and complete your registration.

That’s it! You are now ready to use LTMS for your driver’s license renewal.

Part II: Online Driver’s License Renewal via the LTMS

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A flowchart showing an overview of how to transact with LTO via LTMS.

Once you have an LTMS account and the required documents (including the CDE certificate), you can now renew your driver’s license via the LTMS. 

Here are the steps you have to follow to renew your LTO driver’s license online:

  1. Login to the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) online portal. To log in to your LTMS account, enter your account email address/LTO client number and your password.
  2. Select Licensing in the LTMS dashboard. If you have just created your LTMS account, clicking Licensing will direct you to a form where you have to provide the required information to complete your profile. After filling out the form, you will be redirected to the dashboard with a notification on the right part of your screen showing that your profile has been saved. Just click Licensing again in the dashboard to continue.
  3. Read the LTMS Terms of Use. Click the blue Accept button to continue.
  4. On the Online Application form, select Driver’s License as the License Classification. Don’t click the Next button yet because you have to provide a medical certificate first before you can proceed to the renewal process.
  5. Click Add Medical Certificate. Upon clicking this button, you will be instructed to enter your Medical Certificate Number. Encode the requested information then click Verify.
  6. Select Renewal as the type of application. Click the Next button to continue.
  7. Select your preferred appointment schedule and LTO Office.
  8. Pay the renewal fees through your preferred payment channel.
  9. Proceed to your selected LTO Office on your appointment date.

Although you have already processed your driver’s license renewal application online, it is still mandatory to personally claim your license on your appointment date. Make sure to bring all the required documents and present them to the LTO on your appointment date.

 

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 (for temporary driver’s license application through a representative)

  • 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 (upon the license holder’s arrival in the Philippines)

  • 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 60 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 the following documents: Plane ticket, passport with a valid visa, employment contract (Certified True Copy). Note: According to one of our readers, as of June 14, 2022, LTO only allows advanced renewal if the applicant already has a plane ticket; a visa and an employment contract alone won’t suffice.
  • 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 to 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. Furthermore, if you are going to process your renewal via the LTO Online Portal or LTMS, you will be asked to provide your Medical Certificate Number before proceeding to the online renewal process. Hence, it is advisable to have your medical certificate in advance.
  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. Update: The LTO now uses a demerit point system to reduce the number of traffic violators in the country. In this new system, drivers will earn a specific number of demerit points depending on the traffic violation/s they have committed. The drivers will not be able to have their licenses renewed until the penalties have been applied or the violating drivers have attended the required reorientation course. Click here to learn more about demerit points. 
  7. If you have a violation/s, proceed to the main or regional LTO office to renew your driver’s license. Satellite offices 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.
  10. Beware of fake driver’s licenses. One of the easiest ways to verify their authenticity13 is by using your phone’s flashlight. Simply direct the light behind the license. If the light shining through is yellow, it means it’s fake. However, if the light shining through appears to be violet, the driver’s license is authentic. Other security features of an authentic driver’s license are the raised lettering and the hologram or the silver security strip at the back.
  11. Send an email to the LTO Client Care via the LTMS site if you’re having trouble creating an LTMS account or logging in to an existing account. Provide the subject of your inquiry and state your concern in the box provided. You may also proceed to the nearest LTO District Office and request for assistance regarding your LTMS account. Make sure to bring some valid IDs and verify the details in your newly-registered account.
 

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 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, provided that it has only been expired for less than 10 years. Otherwise, you need to re-apply for a driver’s license.

The longer your license has expired, the higher the penalty fees you need to pay. In addition to that, driver’s licenses that have expired for more than 2 years will require the license holders to take another examination. 

Here’s a quick overview of the fees that you’ll incur depending on how long your license has been expired:

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4. My driver’s license has expired for 10 years (or more). Can I still renew it?

No. As per the LTO guidelines, holders of driver’s licenses that have expired for 10 years or more are no longer qualified to apply for renewal. Instead, they are required to start from scratch and apply for a student permit again.

5. Who is exempted from taking the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE)?

No one. All drivers14, regardless of experience level, are required to complete the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) as a requirement for driver’s license renewal. According to LTO, the new requirement should never be viewed as a burden as drivers can easily complete the course online or offline without paying anything.

6. I’ve read/heard from the news that there’s a House resolution that seeks to remove the CDE as a requirement for driver’s license renewal. Does it mean that I can renew my license now without a CDE certificate?

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No, the stipulations in a House Resolution, like House Resolution No. 232515 in this case, have no effectivity since it is not yet an actual law approved by Congress. House Resolutions are just like proposals that are subject to approval by the respective legislative authorities. For this reason, the implementation of the CDE is still in effect and you cannot renew your driver’s license without presenting a CDE certificate.

7. What is the age limit for driver’s license renewal in the Philippines?

There is no specific maximum age limit for driver’s license renewal in the Philippines. As long as you are still physically and mentally able to drive a motor vehicle and meet other qualifications, you can renew your license regardless of your age16.

8. Is there a dress code in LTO?

Yes. All driver’s license renewal applicants need to observe the proper dress code before going to an LTO branch17.

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Wear long-sleeves or short-sleeves as tops; jeans or slacks; and shoes. Sando, tube, tank top, and sleeveless shirts are not allowed. Wearing shorts and slippers is also prohibited. Unless you wear the proper dress code, you will not be allowed to enter the office.

9. Can I renew my license on weekends?

Yes, you may renew your driver’s license (as well as apply for a student’s permit) on Saturdays in any LTO Driver’s License Renewal Offices.

 

References

  1. Cerojano, P., & Tan, T. (2022). LTO extends validity of expired license to two months. Retrieved 20 June 2022, from https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1931178/cebu/local-news/lto-extends-validity-of-expired-license-for-two-months
  2. Land Transportation Office (LTO). (2022). Public Advisory on the validity extension of student permits, driver’s licenses, and conductor’s licenses[Image]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/lto.cdmpao/photos/a.1589028444448324/7749113955106378/?type=3&theater
  3. LTO starts issuing driver’s licenses valid for 10 years. (2021). Retrieved 7 November 2021, from https://ptvnews.ph/lto-starts-issuing-drivers-licenses-valid-for-10-years/
  4. Altoveros, J. (2021). LTO: 10-year license now available in Regions I, II, III, IV-A and V – Auto News. Retrieved 14 January 2022, from https://www.autoindustriya.com/auto-industry-news/lto-10-year-license-now-available-in-regions-i-ii-iii-iv-a-and-v.html
  5. Sarao, Z. (2021). Drivers now required to take driver’s education upon license renewal – LTO. Retrieved 27 October 2021, from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1507307/drivers-now-required-to-take-drivers-ed-upon-license-renewal-lto
  6. List of LTO-Accredited Medical Clinics and Registered Physicians. (2019). Retrieved 29 June 2020, from https://lto.gov.ph/latest-advisory/410-list-of-accredited-medical-clinics-and-registered-physicians.html
  7. San Juan, A. (2021). Refresher exam required to renew driver’s license — LTO. Retrieved 28 October 2021, from https://mb.com.ph/2021/10/28/refresher-exam-required-to-renew-drivers-license-lto/
  8. Land Transportation Office (LTO). (2021). Anunsyo sa Publiko [Image]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=241522881342036&set=pcb.241524694675188
  9. Land Transportation Office (LTO). (2021). Memorandum Circular No. 2021-2285. Quezon City.
  10. Advisory on Renewal of Driver’s/Conductor’s License. (2020). Retrieved 4 January 2021, from https://lto.gov.ph/latest-advisory/524-advisory-on-renewal-of-driver-s-conductor-s-license.html
  11. LTO Advisory June 17, 2020. (2020). Retrieved 4 January 2021, from https://lto.gov.ph/latest-advisory/520-land-transportation-management-system-ltms.html
  12. DERMALOG Identification Systems GmbH. (2020). LTO Philippines Launches New Online Portal From DERMALOG. Retrieved from https://www.prnewswire.com/in/news-releases/lto-philippines-launches-new-online-portal-from-dermalog-819147792.html
  13. Beware of fake driver’s licenses. (2021). Retrieved 14 January 2022, from https://mb.com.ph/2021/06/30/beware-of-fake-drivers-licenses/
  14. Jerusalem, J. (2021). No exemption in refresher course for driver’s license renewal. Retrieved 15 November 2021, from https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1159709
  15. Cervantes, F. (2021). Scrap driver’s education requirement for license renewal: solon. Retrieved 15 November 2021, from https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1158530
  16. Department of Transportation (DOT). (2021). Supplemental Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10930 (Guidelines and Procedures Governing the Issuance of Student’-Driver’s Permit, Conductor’s License, and Driver’s License).
  17. Land Transportation Office (LTO). (2022). LTO Dress Code [Image]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=279581791017270&set=pcb.279583197683796

Luisito Batongbakal Jr.

Luisito E. Batongbakal Jr. is the founder, editor, and chief content strategist of FilipiKnow, a leading online portal for free educational, Filipino-centric content. His curiosity and passion for learning have helped millions of Filipinos around the world get access to free insightful and practical information at the touch of their fingertips. With him at the helm, FilipiKnow has won numerous awards including the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013, the 2015 Globe Tatt Awards, and the 2015 Philippine Bloggys Awards.

147 thoughts on “How To Renew Driver’s License in the Philippines: An Ultimate Guide

  1. bakit dun s site ng LTO hindi ko mainput ung serial number sbi kasi numeric characters lang e yung s DL ko is may letters.

  2. Sir, Question Po! If i have no violations and holding also a foreign liscense with no violations..Am I still required to take the exams?

  3. Paano po palitan ang transaksyon sa LTO Portal?
    Dahil ang na-click ay ‘no’ dun sa tanong kung may lisensya na…ay meron. Saka s transaction ay Enhancement of Drivers License instead n Renewal of Professional License.

    Para saan/ano po ang Enhancement Drivers License?
    Thanks.

  4. I keep getting an “internal server error” message when I am attempting to set up an online account through the LTMS site.. How do I register for an account please?

  5. Hi Ive tried to renew online po… kaya lang nag hingi ng serial No. At sabi sa web its 9 digits… kaya lang sa akin 12 digits may letter pa sa sa second to the last

  6. CDE should only apply to those with traffic violations within the past 3-5 years just to minimize the cost… d pa nga nakakabawi, dagdag gastos agad.. opinyon lang po

  7. Hi, may age limit ba for seniors like kung hanggang anong age lang sila pwede mag renew ng license? Thanks sa sasagot!

  8. Magandang gabi po. Tanong ko lang kung paano ko makikita o malalaman kung ilan taon ng expiered ang aking lisensya? Baka kasi lampas nako sa 10years expired o baka mag 10 years palang. Sana matulungan nyo po ko.

    Gusto kong malaman kung lampas nako sa 10 years expired o mag 10 years palang yan po ang gusto ko pong malaman kung saan ko pwede malaman? Salamat.

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