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 seventeen (17) 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. Anthony

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

    1. LTO Exam

      Medical accredited by LTO.

  2. Trisha

    How long is the written exam?

  3. Cesar

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

      1. Jann Noriel Barayuga

        Ask ko po kung kumuha ako ng SP nung Oct.8,2017 pwede po ba ako mag renew ng non-prof ng Oct.9,2018?



  11. Edwin J. LIM

    Sir 11 months na po SP ko valid pa po ba ito ipa Non-prof in any LTO na office?

  12. jepo ampar

    kailangan ba talaga may drive testing para non pro. na motorcycle lng?
    kung bumagsak sa test drive ano mang yari? kasi halos lahat sa LTO office ay fixer, paano kung sadyang ibagsak ka?

  13. Mike Lubsan

    All licensure office po ba pwede mag exam? Including sa novaliches?

  14. ford

    sir…tricycle lang po ang kaya ko I drive.. d ko po kaya ang single…meron po bang available sa actual test na tricycle? meron po kami kaso paso po ang rehistro…magkano po bayad sa test vehicle…. tnx po.

  15. Shaft sacabon

    Pwede po b magpalakad for non pro.mgkanu po aabutin

  16. kirito-kun

    Pwede po ba ako magdala ng sariling sasakyan para sa practical test?
    Kailangan ba may kasama akong may non-pro if magdadala ako ng sariling sasakyan for the practical test?

    If nagdala ba ako ng sariling sasakyan at wala akong kasamang may license matiticketan ba ko for driving without license? Paclarify lang po pls. THnx

  17. Christopher Dapula

    pwede po magdala ng own motor ? paano po pag student palang tapos from montalban then going to east ave LTO ok lang po kaya yun idrive ?

  18. Frank

    Hi. If nag driving school po kailangan paba ng practical exam when aplying for non-prof driving license?

  19. chadsky

    ask ko lang kung expired student permit ng isang linggo… pede parin ba magnonprof?

  20. Jayvee

    What is the passing score? And the total item for non-pro license? How about proessional license?

  21. Faith

    Good Day! Tanong ko lng po kung may idea po kayo kung saan po banda ang pag heheld qng practical exam sa pagkuha ng non-prof or prof sa LTO Mandaue City Cebu po. San po kaya na area gagawin yun? Salamat po sa response po. God bless.,

  22. Sheifree

    Tanong ko lang po if may babayaran pa ba kapag kukuhain ung license ID CARD . Kasi 1 year na pong papel ung non-pro ko , bali ngayong september po daw yung CARD maibibigay . Eh ang tanong if may babayaran pa ba ulit para makuha ung ID LICENSE CARD?

  23. sheryll

    Ask ko lang po, once n bumagsak ng exam o sa test drive pwede po b magre-take? Hangang ilang beses po pwedeng magre-take?

  24. Junahvie

    Sep.22 po mag expire ng SP ko. Pwde na po ba akong kumuha ngayon ng Non-Prof? Or after ng 22?

  25. Junahvie

    Sep.22,2018 po mag expire ng SP ko. Mag 1 month na siya. Pwde na po ba akong kumuha ngayon ng Non-Prof? Or after ng 22? Sarado ksi bukas saturday. Pwede po ba sa 24 monday?

  26. Lai

    Ask ko lang po, may 3months student permit po ako and maga-apply na ko ng Non pro. Pwede mag kumuha ng non-pro sa sm north or for renewals lang don? Or san po pwede kumuha ng non-pro na malapit lang sa sm north or somewhwre in Bulacan/Pampangga?

  27. Marc Reyes

    Hai po . Ask ko lng po sana kung madali lng ba kumuha ng non pro. Dito sa baguio city ? Pwede po ba sabihin pag nagexam test po ako na mioi125 lng po kaya idrive ? Thanks you po

  28. Bill

    Pwede po ba ako mag take ng actual test kahit po yung ORCR ko ay di pa narerelease? Just to take the exam lang po?

  29. Ryan balbas

    Sa practical exam po for non pro, anu anu po ang dapat gawin or tandaan para makapasa sa exam for restriction 1 & 2?

  30. ejay

    ask ko lang po galing po ako sa sp kukuha po sana ako ng non pro e sa oct 11 po expired nung sp ko kelan ko po ba pede mag renew ng non pro pede po ng katapusan ng oct ?tyka po mag kano po lahat lahat gagastusin ?

  31. edwin

    pwede ba kumuha ng non pro, even if na walang sasakyan na pagmamay ari? need lang magka valid ID for legal purposes gagamitin lang sa paglakad sa iba pang mga legal na dokumento pribado o non private requirement pang represent lang pag hiningan ng valid ID requirement..

    halimbawa lang:
    pupunta ka ng terminal 3 need mo magpakita ng valid ID sa guard sa gate, ganun ba at ilang mga katulad pa nito.

  32. Nickz

    Kahit po na xerox ko yung med certificate? Hindi valid yun pag tapos ng 15 days?

  33. Daniel

    Sir pwd po ba ako mag maniho ng 4 wheels? Kahit na non pro lng muna kunin ko. Tagal pa kasi mag 6 months. Hehe ask lng po salamat sa sagot.

  34. France

    Ok long po ba na mag apply po ako kahit more than 1 month old ang aking Student’s Permit pero hindi pa na man po sya expired.

  35. Rods

    Paano po kung pumasa ko sa written exam tapos bagsak naman sa practical kc di ako masyadong marunong mag drive .. Anu po mangyayari??

  36. Imelda Nava

    Ang anak ko ay 17 yrs old at may mahigit na anim na buwan ng nagdadrive gamit ang kanyang student permit na may kasamang may valid driver’s license. Maari na ba syang mag apply ng non professional o professional driving license?

  37. Jade

    Ask ok Lang po sir kung pwede ko po bang hubarin sapatos ko at mag paa sa practical exam? Mas gamay ko po kc accelerator at brakes pag nakapaa po ako…

  38. Chad

    October 31 po kc aq nkakuha ng student permit so nov.30 po aq kukuha ng non-pro.holiday po un pwede po bng dec.3 monday po.slmat po

  39. JJC

    Is there an option kung anong language ang exam?

  40. Klevin joe buguis

    Sa friday po expiration ng student permit ko, pede pa po bang kumuha ng non pro sa Thursday? Ano po ang mga requirements? Salamat po

  41. john melmar

    pd pho ba makuha non prof khit experd na ang student permit. o pa renew ulit ang student permit?

  42. arar

    ang exam po ba ,
    machine ang naga check or manually lang po?

  43. Rai Paran

    As what you’ve mentioned above, “Before taking the exam, the LTO personnel will teach you those things, giving you a reviewer as well.”. Pero nung kumuha po ako for non-pro wala pong lecture na nangyari, deretso exam na po. nabago n po ba ung procedure ? just asking lng po. Thank you.

  44. Oscar moreno

    Anong age limit po ba ang pagkuha ng drivers license sa senior citizen?

  45. edmund gonzales

    meron na po ba kayo online na pa g apply para pag dating ng araw sa pag exam dina kami naka pila..

  46. bernard

    sir/maam pwede po bang magdrive if nagfailed po sa nonpro babalik naman po after 1 month sabe kasi nung iba ipakita lang daw yung resibo ng nonprofessional kahit failed pag nahuli ka,basta valid lang daw yun ng 1 month.? tama po ba? thank you po.

  47. Florante Arellano

    My son is 17 years old and he is eligible to apply for Student Driver’s permit. Furthermore, the rule states that after ONE MONTH he can already apply for NON-PROFESSIONAL Driver’s License, however, on the contrary, to be able to apply for Non-Prof License, the age must be 18 years old, HOW IS THAT? My son will only turn 18 on December this 2018?

    Appreciate to receive your urgent valuable reply.
    Thank You

  48. cej

    hi mga kabayan. what if yung SP ko mahigit 1 month na? or sabihin na natin na 2 days nalang malapit na sya mag expire tapos today ako mag aaply for non pro, pwede pa ba yun? TIA

  49. bongh

    pwede na ba kumuha ng non pro ang 17 y/o tapos meron na siyang student permit at consent ng magulang?

  50. Pablo, Alex D.

    Good afternoon, my driver’s license only shows restrictions 1 & 2 since I can drive a motorcycle and a manual transmission car (4500 kg. GVW). Am I allowed to drive a automatic transmission car with the same weight category since I can also drive such vehicle.

    Thank you.

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