How to Convert a Foreign Driver’s License to a Philippine Driver’s License

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Foreigners who hold a driver’s license from their country of origin are allowed to drive in the Philippines for 90 days after their arrival.

After 90 days, they have to convert their foreign driver’s license to a Philippine driver’s license if they want to continue driving in this country.

To obtain a Non-Professional Philippine Driver’s License, written and practical driving examinations are not required if the foreign license to be converted is still valid. However, when it comes to getting a Professional Philippine Driver’s License, an applicant will have to take both the written and practical driving examinations whether the foreign license to be converted is valid or expired.

The sole reason for this is the wide range of permitted vehicles to drive for holders of a Professional Driver’s License. Applications for a Conversion of a Foreign Driver’s License can be submitted at any LTO District Office, Licensing Center, and Extension Office that processes Driver’s License transactions.

how to convert a foreign driver's license to a philippine license

1. Qualifications.

  • You must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • You must be physically and mentally able to operate a motor vehicle.
  • You must be able to read and write English or Filipino.
  • You must have been residing in the Philippines for at least one (1) month and will stay in the country for at least one (1) year from the date of application.

 

2. Requirements.

  • Fully accomplished Driver’s License Application Form
  • Medical examination certificate (online-only/electronically transmitted)
  • Passport containing the following (original and photocopy):
    • Entry date of at least one (1) month
    • Visa duration of at least one (1) year from the date of application
  • If holder of a valid Foreign Driver’s License:
    • Valid Foreign Driver’s License (original and photocopy)
    • Official English translation of Foreign Driver’s License from Embassy of issuing country, if not in English. (original and photocopy)

 

3. Fees.

For Conversion of a Valid Foreign Driver’s License to a Non-Professional Driver’s License (No Examination):

  • License Fee – Php 585
  • Application Fee – Php 100
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Conversion Fee – Php 100

For Conversion of a Valid or Expired Foreign Driver’s License to a Professional Driver’s License (with Written and Practical Driving Examinations):

  • License Fee – Php 585
  • Application Fee – Php 100
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Conversion Fee – Php 100
  • Additional Computer Fee – Php 67.63

For Conversion of an Expired Foreign Driver’s License to a Non-Professional Driver’s License (with Written and Practical Driving Examinations):

  • License Fee – Php 585
  • Application Fee – Php 100
  • Computer Fee – Php 67.63
  • Conversion Fee – Php 100
  • Additional Computer Fee – Php 67.63

 

4. Step-by-step Guide.

  1. Head to the Customer Service Counter and get a Driver’s Application Form and Checklist of Requirements. Get a queue number. It must be noted that you can download the application form and fill it out a day before going to an LTO Office.
  2. Wait for your number to be called and submit all the necessary documents to the receiving personnel. Your documents will be checked for completeness and authenticity.
  3. Head to the photo/signature taking area and have your picture and signature taken when your number gets called.
  4. Head to the cashier to pay the application fee.
  5. If your foreign license is already expired, you’ll have to take both the written examination and practical driving test. First, you have to take the Basic Driving Theory Test for either Professional or Non-Professional License. You’ll immediately be informed of the results. After passing the written examination, you’ll then take the practical driving test.
  6. If you have passed both the written and practical driving examinations or if your foreign license is still valid, head to the cashier and pay other necessary fees. Get the Official Receipt.
  7. Head to the Releasing Counter to present the Official Receipt and claim your new Driver’s License.
  8. Write your name and affix your signature in the Release Form.

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