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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
  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.