New set of rules for driver’s license, student driver’s permit applications – LTO

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) announce that starting August 3,2020 all its branches will require its applicants to have a secured driving course completion certificates to process there applications for student permits (SP), new driver’s licenses, and additional restriction code transactions.

Beginning  July 1, A 15-hour driving course will be required with a driving course completion certificate issued by LTO-accredited driving schools authorized driving school instructors/administrators, and LTO-Driver Education Centers in LTO offices.

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The LTO said that all applicants of student permit, including Foreign SPs and those with expired SPs who will be applying for new SPs beginning August 3 onwards, are required to secure the Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) Certificate.

For the application of a new driver’s license (professional and non-professional), all applicants with student permits issued from August 3 onwards will also be required to secure practical driving course (PDC) certificates.

Meanwhile, applicants for additional restriction codes (RC) will also be required to secure their PDC certificates for the additional restriction code being applied for.

It said that these certificates will then be electronically transmitted by the accredited driving school or DECs to the LTO-IT system.

As for the conversion of a Foreign Driver’s License to a Philippine Driver’s License, no TDC or PDC certificates will be required, according to LTO.

Usec. Galvante said that the move seeks to further strengthen the digitalization efforts of the Department of Transportation in a bid to minimize human intervention in various agency transactions.

“To recall, we have already launched the new Land Transportation Management System in 24 offices as our way of adhering to the directive of [DOTr] Secretary Tugade to shift to the digitalization of transactions. As we ready for the nationwide activation of this new system, I have directed all concerned regional offices and district offices to be fully equipped and ready to accept electronically-transmitted certificates, which are prerequisite in securing driver’s licenses before August 3,” Galvante said

The LTO earlier advised applicants that it will be temporarily suspending the acceptance of student permit applications from July 1 until August 2, 2020, to pave the way for the new training requirements in the transaction.


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