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3 Simple Steps in Applying for a Non-Professional Driver’s License

Most citizen in the Philippines apply for a non-professional driver’s license as it is categorized to be restricted only for private vehicles and you can apply after one (1) month of your student driver’s permit unlike for a professional driver’s license that will allow you to apply after six (6) months. As noted before (How to apply for a student driver’s permit), driving is a big responsibility. You should be responsible once you obtain your driver’s license. Before applying for a non-professional driver’s license in the Philippines, you should consider these steps:

Step 1: You should know its eligibility and requirements.

An applicant is eligible for applying a non-professional driver’s license if he/she is:
  1. At least eighteen (18) years old
  2. Physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
  3. Able to read and write in Filipino or English
  4. Clean, neat, and presentable

Wearing of sando, sports shorts, and slippers during photo-taking and examinations will not be allowed.

Requirements for applying a non-professional driver’s license:
  1. Duly accomplished application form for driver’s license (ADL) [Download Non-Professional Driver’s License Application Form here]
  2. Valid student driver’s permit (at least one month old) [Here’s how to get a student driver’s permit]
  3. Medical certificate with official receipt (from LTO accredited or Government physician, valid only for 15 days)
    If you have a poor vision, you should consult an ophthalmologist and bring an eyeglasses because you might regret of returning back just to have an eyeglasses
  4. Negative drug test result (from a DOH accredited drug testing center & Government Hospital)
  5. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if employed
  6. Must have passed the written examination
    To pass the exam you should know the Philippine road and traffic rules as well as the ethics in driving. Before taking the exam, the LTO personnel will teach you those things, giving you a reviewer as well. To be more prepared, there’s an LTO Exam Reviewer in this site [Here’s the LTO Exam Reviewer in English] [Here’s the LTO Exam Reviewer in Tagalog].
  7. Must have passed the practical examination
    It is important that you know how to drive first before you apply for a driver’s license. You can bring your own car/motorcycle for actual driving examination, or you could use their car/motorcycle, both have fees.

Note: There will be no more drug test required for all driver’s applications & renewals in accordance to Republic Act No. 10586.

Step 2: You should know where to apply.

Venue for applying a non-professional driver’s license:

You can apply at any licensing center/district office with new driver’s license transactions.

Step 3: You should know its procedures.

Procedures for applying a non-professional driver’s license:
  1. Go to the customer service counter to get your checklist of requirements and secure a driver’s license application form. [This form is available for download here. You can accomplish this form prior to transacting your business at the LTO.] Get a queue number.
  2. When your number is called, go to the evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
  3. When your name is called, go to where your photo and signature will be taken.
  4. Go to the cashier to pay the application fee.
  5. Go to the Examination Room for the lecture and written exam. (You can review the LTO exam here).
  6. After passing the written exam, wait for your name to be called for the practical exam.
  7. After passing the practical exam, go to the cashier when your name is called for payment of necessary fees and obtain an official receipt (OR).
  8. Go to the releasing counter, wait for your name to be called and present the OR and claim the card type license.
Fees and charges for applying a non-professional driver’s license:
Application FeeP100.00
Computer FeeP67.63
License FeeP350.00 P585.00
Computer FeeP67.63
TotalP585.26 P820.26
Remember:
  1. Never apply with fixers. It’s easy to apply for a Non-Professional Driver’s License, you can do it on your own. Be punctual, in my experience when I applied at noon, there is a little chance of getting into their quota. Perhaps if you go to the LTO office early in the morning (around 6:00 a.m.) you could have a higher chance. Be patient, there are several steps in order for you to obtain a driver’s license. Driving is a passion, so is waiting.
  2. Non-Professional Driver’s License will expire after three five (5) years at your birthday of the expiry year. You should renew it before its expiry day to avoid penalties and charges [Here’s how to renew your existing driver’s license].
  3. Non-Professional Driver’s License entitles you to only drive private vehicles according to your license restrictions.

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  1. essy

    ano po ang kelangan dalhin sa pagkuha ng non pro??

    1. LTO Exam

      Read the requirements sa itaas ng article na ito. Medical, student permit ang kailangan.

  2. gerson

    Bkt po may pagkakaiba na mga sagot dto sa LTO APP na dinownlod ko, at dto sa lto reviewer nyo, ask ko lang bkt merun hindi magkakatulad n sagot?anu ba tlga ang tama?

    1. LTO Exam

      Yung kumuha na latest sa LTO, nakapasa sa exam using our reviewer. Note: LTO app is not created by us and our reviewer is updated.

  3. paola bianca torres

    magkano po babayaran nang kukuha ng non pro lisence?? thanks po

    1. LTO Exam

      820.26 sa LTO, medical 300, vehicle fee(yung renta, if motor and car) 500
      Note: Medical and vehicle fee varies from at different places.

      1. paola bianca torres

        s0 bale mgkano po lahat. pno po pag may dala motor??

      2. paola bianca torres

        makukuha din po ba agad yung lisence pag ngaun po exam ngaun din po mkuha??

  4. paola bianca torres

    kung ano po ba yung nsa test reviewer yun din po ba lalabas sa exam ng kukuha ng non pro. slamat po.

    1. LTO Exam

      Mostly, marami nang natulungan ang reviewer na ito.

  5. Joel H. San Luis

    Ask ko lang po matagal po ba makukuha yung renewal ng License? and alam niyo what time open yung branch sa Kapitolyo Pasig?

    1. LTO Exam

      Within a day makukuha na dapat iyon. I don’t know what time open yung branch sa Kapitolyo Pasig.

  6. David

    Pwede po ba mag apply ng non professional sa Palayan pag kumuha ako ng student license sa San Jose City, Nueva Ecija?

    1. LTO Exam

      Better if kung saan ka kumuha ng student, doon ka din kukuha ng non professional license.

  7. Ren

    Hi, Paano po kapag tricycle lang po ang alam idrive? Meron po bang tricycle sa LTO na pwede po for practical test?

    1. LTO Exam

      1 lang ang restriction. Kung wala ka na tricycle na dala, ipa-test drive sa’yo is single semi-clutch na motor.

  8. Arex Dela Pena Ladeza

    Ask ko lang po . if motor lang po ang alam nang mag aapply nang non pro driveing license ano pong license nun 1 2 po ba ?

    1. LTO Exam

      1 lamang ang restriction.

  9. Jeff

    Kailangan po ba mag actual driving test kapag maguupdate from non pro to pro khit hindi expired ang non pro?

    1. LTO Exam

      Magre-retake ng written exam lamang, mas mataas ang item ng pro.

  10. Ricky

    Ask ko lang po may babayaran po ba pag e release Na Yung non pro licence mo?

  11. Rommel

    Good day sir ask LNG po aku if strict po ba kau for practical exam? Kasi medyo baguhan plang aku sa 4wheels.

    1. LTO Exam

      Mayroong points every aspects in driving, pag-signal, observe signs in the track, etc. Iwasang mamatayan ng makina.

  12. Trisha

    Makukuha din po agad yung Non-pro Id card the day you applied? Thank you

    1. LTO Exam

      Kapag maaga sa pila at umabot sa quota.

  13. tyson

    paano kung expired na po ung student permit almost 2 years
    pwede po ba mag pa non pro un o kukuha ulit aq ng bagong student permit salamat..

    1. LTO Exam

      Kukuha ng bagong student permit.

  14. Jonas

    You can bring your own car/motorcycle for actual driving examination,

    Kung wala pa ang OR CR pwede dalhin?

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, you can bring your own car/motorcycle. Kung walang OR/CR, kahit conduction sticker para sa pagre-resibo sa track fee.

  15. Maria Luisa M. Templado

    Can I asked If there’s penalty fee for expired drivers license? I have an expired Professional Drivers License since 2011…I’m planning to have it renewed as soon as possible… some people here says that there is a penalty of P150/yr, some says it’s P100/yr of expiry. Pls advice. Thank you very much.

    1. LTO Exam

      According to LTO official site, penalty for 2 years and 1 day to 10 years = 225.00.

  16. Resty

    Hi po! Tanong ko lang po if hanggang kailan ang validity ng SP? Lagpas 6 months na kse yun. Hindi na ba yun pwede pag mag aapply ako ng non prof lisence? Strictly after a month ba tlga kailangan mag apply for non prof?

    Please respond po. Thanks

    1. LTO Exam

      Pwede, at least one month pwede ka nang kumuha ng non prof.

  17. mariegold

    pwede po ba kukuha ng non pro licence kahit hindi pa marunong mag drive ?

    1. LTO Exam

      Hindi, mayroong practical exam.

  18. Charity Belleza Alipio

    Gud afternoon po..balik SP po ba ako kung more than 10 years na expired Non Pro ko? Saka dati po restriction 1 & 2 ako..1 n lng po gagamitin ko. Salamat po

    1. LTO Exam

      Hindi, ipakita mo lang ang expired license mo, then may babayaran ka na penalty which is 225, plus yung fees sa pagkuha ng non pro. Ang kaibahan lamang is hindi ka na kukuha ng student.

  19. lance meynard

    820.25 plus yung medical po ba yan or 820 napo lahat lahat

    1. LTO Exam

      Sa LTO fees lang iyan, bukod pa ang medical which is approx. 300 pesos (it depends sa iba’t ibang medical accredited ng LTO). So plus 300.

  20. rowel

    sr. pag non pro ba kukunin anung sasakyan ipapa drive test.

    1. LTO Exam

      Depende sa kinukuha mo if gusto mo motor lang 1 ang restriction, if may car, 2 if both 1, 2.

  21. charit rada

    hello i have student license but i need to get nonpro now… how… san po nag exam sa moa po ba avilable?

    1. LTO Exam

      At any LTO district office with test drive facility.

  22. carlos miguel

    na failed po ang exam ko need ko pa bang kumuha ulit ng medical exam?

    1. LTO Exam

      15 days lamang ang validity ng medical exam.

  23. bropepe25

    Sir, I have a question. I am a holder of a non-professional driver’s license with restriction 1 and 2. Am I allowed to drive a private vehicle used for business with a gross weight of 4200kg?

    1. LTO Exam

      These are the restrictions:
      1. Motorcycle/Motorized Tricycles
      2. Vehicle up to 4500 kgs G V W
      3. Vehicle above 4500 kgs G V W
      So, your license falls under 1 and 2.

  24. tin

    sa non professional drivers license po,pwede po bang mkapagdrive ng motor o vehicle na hindi sayo?o hindi nka rehistro sa pangalan mo?

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, just bring the papers ng motor or vehicle.

  25. Lloyd Gualvez

    Pwede po ba kumuha ng non prof.. march 13 ko nkuha sp ko then april 13 ako kuha ng nonprof..? which ika 30 days po ang march 13…

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, pwede.

  26. ian carlo

    pag naka non prof. ka..ok lang ba magdrive nang gabi??

    1. LTO Exam

      Ok lang, hindi nakadepende kung non-pro or pro ang license. Nakadepende if may conditions ang license mo.

  27. Aldrian

    Mag apply po sana ako ng non pro pero nawala ang sp ko, ano po need ko gawin

    1. LTO Exam

      Try mo i-ask mismo sa LTO office kung saan ka kumuha.

  28. Marie

    Sa sp palang may medical na sa halagang 350 valid lang ng 15 days eh 1 month bago ka makakuha ng non pro ibig sabihin another 350 ulit yon bali 700 na sa medical palang ganon na ba talaga ang sistema dati kasi wala na mang medical sa student permit …

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, 15 days lang ang validity ng medical.

  29. Nilda

    Magkasabahay Po ba Ang written test at practical test during the day or they will give a date for practical test

    1. LTO Exam

      It depends, if hindi abot sa quota, probably the next day ang practical test. Kung mas maaga, in a day ang written and practical and if you pass, you can obtain a driver’s license within the day.

  30. Ronald

    Gusto ko po sana mag renew ng non-professional drivers license ko, pero expired na sya for 16 years. Anu po kaya pinaka magandang gawin? Back to student or i renew na talaga. Salamat.

    1. LTO Exam

      Renew, pero kukuha ulit ng exam.

  31. Carol Ruedas

    Hi., tanong ko Lang Kung pwede nba aq kumuha ng non pro kahit wla pa 1month after ako kumuha ng sp?? Or kylngan saktong 1month tlaga., ??

    1. LTO Exam

      No, 1 month talaga for non-pro.

  32. Russel

    Kapag po bumagsak sa written or practical exam, ano po mangyayari?/ kelan ulit pwede mag apply ng license? may nabasa ako if 2x bumagsak di na makakapag apply for 1 year

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, 1st bagsak after one month, 2nd is 1 year.

  33. Renz

    Sir bakit po ba babalik ako nang SP dahil magpapa prof license sana ako at sabi nang evaluator na expired na lisensya ko. May 22, 2017 ang pagkuha nga SP license ko at may 22, 2018 din ako nakapasok at punta dahil sa dami nang tao.
    (Bohol Area po)

    1. LTO Exam

      Ang rule is one year expiration ng SP, so if expired na SP, you need to get a new one.

      1. Renz

        Ok sir. Pero sana umusad na ang systema dito sa amin para maging maginhawa. Heheh

  34. JC

    1 year and 1 month na po yung SP ko. Need ko pa po ba kumuha ulit ng SP kung now din po ako kukuha sana ng non pro license? Thanks.

    1. LTO Exam

      Kung expired na SP mo, you need to get a new one.

  35. Tom

    Kung bumagsak ka pwede bang magexam sa ibang testing center para di na mag antay ng one month?

    1. LTO Exam

      Hindi, it applies to all LTO office.

      1. Ernel balili

        Sir /maam miron pabang drivetest sa 4wheels kahit nonpro lang sa motor lang kasi aku marunong

        1. LTO Exam

          If indicated na kukuhanin mo may 4-wheels, meron. Pero if motor lang, motor lang.

  36. akon

    ask ko lang po if may non pro license ka 1 year palang pero gusto mo na i pa Pro pwede na po ba kahit di pa expired ang non pro?thank you po

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, pwede na.

  37. Marygracegarcia

    Pano po kumuha exam

  38. Russel

    Hello po.. ask ko lang papano kung automatic na motor at kotse ung alam lang na imaneho.. papano sa actual driving.. manual po ba ang ipapagmit??

    1. LTO Exam

      You can bring your own vehicle, but mayroon din naman automatic na car in test drive, but for motorcycle, semi-automatic commonly ang available.

  39. kurt

    sir mag aadd po ako ng restriction from motorcycle (1) to car(2), if bumagsak po ako sa practical ng driving car, hindi na po ba ako makakakuha ulit ng license..
    thanks

    1. LTO Exam

      If bumagsak ka sa car lamang, motorcycle ay pasa, 1 restriction lamang sa license mo, vice versa. If both bagsak, after one month ka ulit pwede kumuha.

  40. Anthony

    Hi po, ok lng ba kung ang gamitin kong medical ay galing sa ospital?

    1. LTO Exam

      Medical accredited by LTO.

  41. Trisha

    How long is the written exam?

  42. Cesar

    Non pro na lisensya po ba need pa mag actual driving?

  43. Carl Lester Bañes Ebora

    balak ko na mag pa Non-pro License.. tanung ko lang Kapag nag Driving Practical na pwede ka mag MOtor at kotse sa practical Exam? para sa REstriction Code na 1,2 or 1,2,3

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, restriction code 1,2 para sa motor at kotse, ang 3 naman para sa truck.

  44. Ren

    Sir pwede po ba magpamedical 1 or 2 days bago kukuha ng lisensya?

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, 1 week ang validity ng medical certificate accredited by LTO.

  45. Mark

    Ask ko lang po if possible makakuha ng pro after a month na makakuha ng non-pro? Kc from sp kailangan 6 months, while for non-pro 1 month lang. Kailangan kc pro para sa grab. Salamat po.

    1. LTO Exam

      After 4 months pwede nang mag-apply ng pro if you’re from non-professional. If from student, 6 months.

  46. polo

    hawak po ba ng lto yung mga gagamiting vehicle? or same po sa labas katulad ng medical. Sa tauman po ako kukuha ng non pro salamat.

    1. LTO Exam

      Sa loob ng LTO mismo gagamitin test vehicle.

  47. Waffy Dela Cruz

    Kelangan pa po ba ng birth certificate pg kumuha ng non prof licensed? Kasi po hnd po naka indicate sa taas. Salamat

    1. LTO Exam

      No need, kailangan lamang ang birth certificate if kukuha ng student permit.

  48. ney

    I just want to ask if it is possible to apply non-prof license but my Student Permit expired last 6 of june 2018

    1. LTO Exam

      You should get a new Student Permit. Unexpired Student Permit is necessary to apply for Non-Professional or Professional driver’s license.

  49. BENEDICT C. GOROSPE

    ASK Q LANG PO. D AKO MARUNONG MAGDRIVE NG CAR. MOTORCYCLE LANG PO ANG ALAM KO

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