I’ve put off getting my driver’s license for so long and now, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has updated its policy for Student-Driver Permit applications here in the Philippines.
Under Memorandum Circular No. 2019 – 2176 released by LTO: new applicants looking to get a student’s permit or a driver’s license, as well as those looking to renew their permits/driver’s license, will be required to attend a lecture from LTO accredited driving schools, or from the LTO itself. Not only that, but new applicants and those seeking to have their licenses renewed will also have to attend two phases of the course of instruction. These include Classroom/Theoretical Instruction and Practical Driving Instruction. (Source: Auto Industriya)
April 6, 2020 was the initial implementation date for this, but was delayed due to the uncertainty brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that the Philippines is under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), the new policy is now in full swing. Before applying and taking the examination for a Student-Driver’s Permit, one has to attend a 15-Hour Theoretical Driving Seminar. This applies to those getting a New Student’s Permit and renewing Expired Student’s Permit with LTO.
Requirements for New Student-Driving Permit Applications
1. Attended 15-Hour Theoretical Driving Seminar from LTO-accredited driving schools or from LTO
– Certificate of Passing the Written Theoretical Examination
2. PSA Certificate of Birth (Filipinos must be at least 16 years old); PSA Certificate of Marriage (ONLY for married women)
3. Filipino Driver’s Manual
4. Medical Certificate from LTO-Accredited Clinic (usually found near LTO offices)
5. Tax Identification Number (TIN) if employed
You can only apply for an actual Non-Professional Driver’s license, 1 month after getting your Student’s Permit. Before, it was no hassle to get one. You just needed to visit an LTO office, submit the requirements, pass the written exam and that’s it. You can be done in 1 day. Now, the whole process of getting a Student’s Permit is at least 2 weeks. And then after that, you can’t apply for a driver’s license just yet! You actually have to enroll yourself to hours of practical driving courses depending on which vehicle you want to ride and get a corresponding certificate.
You may also watch this video on How to Get an LTO Student Permit by Love Desiree with SMART Driving School:
The requirements and the process can be quite a chore, especially to those who just want to drive already! But, we can’t exactly turn back time or forget about the new law entirely. This new guideline was placed because of the increasing number of road accidents here in the Philippines which can be avoided if drivers will be well-educated. A driver’s license is not a right, but a privilege.
15-Hour Online Theoretical Driving Seminar with SMART Driving School
I availed of the 15-Hour Theoretical Driving Seminar with SMART Driving School because there was a branch of walking distance from where I live. Since physical gathering is still prohibited because of the pandemic, all classes were held online via ZOOM.
Breakdown of costs:
Php. 1500 – Theoretical Driving Course
Php. 350 – Filipino Driver’s Manual & Reviewer
Php. 200 – Processing of Certificate
The 15-hours are divided into 3 days of lecture, 5 hours a day. You may inquire of the class schedules when you visit one of their branches or give them a call (at (02) 781 6567). I attended Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 1pm, with only a 15-minute break in between. You can use your phone or laptop during the class, but they require cameras to be on at all times for attendance check.
The Seminar covered topics such as Introduction to Driving, Road and Traffic Rules, Pre-Driving & Motor Vehicle Orientation, Defensive Driving & Maintenance, Handling Emergencies and Breakdowns, and LTO Related Laws.
There’s also a short quiz at the end of every lecture. The speakers of the seminar from SMART are very knowledgeable and experienced not only in driving, but also in teaching. I swear, I wasn’t at all bored during those 5 hours of lecture for 3 days straight. I might not remember every lesson at the top of my head, but I am equipped with the knowledge I will need when I’m finally on the road!
After you graduate the class, you can schedule to take the written examination at the SMART Driving School Branch where you registered. You need to wait 3-5 working days after your exam to get your certificate. (Like the SMART Driving School’s Facebook Page to get the latest info.)
Get Your Student-Driver’s Permit in any LTO Branch near you
Afterwards, you can now proceed with your Student-Driver’s Permit application with LTO and prepare your other requirements (listed above). You may schedule your application appointment with LTO online, by visiting LTO’s online portal or you can call the LTO branch first if they’re open for visits. Currently, they’re only open during weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Always take extra precaution when visiting government offices.
Breakdown of Expenses on the Day of Getting Student’s Permit from LTO:
Php. 480 – Estimated for Medical Exam in LTO-Accredited Clinics
Php. 100 – Application Fee
Php. 67.63 – Computer Fee
Php. 150 – Permit/ License Fee
Wear a face mask and face shield. Practice social distancing, carry alcohol and also bring your own pen. Your Student-Driver’s Permit will be valid for 1 whole year!
There you have it! I hope that this blog post helped you guys in learning what you need to know in getting your Student’s Driver’s Permit, especially during this time with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hope to see you guys on the road and always stay safe, okay?
When I get my Student’s Permit, I’m going to take a Car Driving Course with SMART plus a Motorcycle Riding Course somewhere before I get my Non-Professional Driver’s License. Yeah, it’s kind of a long way to go, but we can do this! No worries, I’m going to be writing all about it. Subscribe to the blog to be notified when those blogs drop!
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