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5 Year LTO License Validity, Implemented


This news sounds beautiful to the ears for all motorist in the Philippines. Reminiscing the time where corruption is too notorious in our driving government agency which is LTO (Land Transportation Office), there are two words bear in my mind which is cheat and patience.

Cheating never wins

Why “cheat?” The word defines itself. Fixers are everywhere. Prices are too high if you will be needing an assistance from fixers which in reality, they have an accomplice inside the LTO office. They will sometimes force you to avail their so-called “undeniable service.” You don’t need to have much knowledge about driving rules and regulation in our country to pass the written and practical LTO examination. Just provide money and they will do the rest. They are like leeches that sucks the blood or should I say money from your pocket.

Patience is a virtue

Why “patience?” back in the days I applied for a non-professional driving license, the word patience is a must. You need to come early so that you will be included in their daily quota. It took me two days in applying for a driver’s license. On the first day, it is where I took the medical exam and drug test (abolished in these days) because I was not included in the daily quota. On the second day I thought it would be easy, but it took a long time to be called on the written and practical examination. Therefore, it does not satisfy my day even if I passed the exam because I didn’t obtain my driver’s license right away due to a malfunctioned card printer. Bottom line, you need a lot of patience and temperance to get a new driver’s license.

A touch of good news

Oh, I almost forgot, this post is all about the five-year validity of driver’s license implementation.

From the official website of LTO, effective October 08, 2016, driver’s license and conductors license shall be valid five years from the date of registration in accordance of Administrative Order No. 2016-34. It sounds really good news. This is a great move which will minimize the time spent prior to driver’s license renewal.

It was one of the initial accomplishment of our President Rodrigo Duterte on his first 100 days in the office. However, by upgrading their system, the processing of it will be valid in the schedule below, and if you apply for a license before that date, you will be provided with a three-year validity of your license. So, it’s better to apply during or after the said schedule.

10 October 2016Quezon City Licensing Center
Quezon City Licensing Renewal Section
Central Office License Section
all at LTO Compound, East Avenue, Quezon City
17 October 2016National Capital Region (NCR)
02 November 2016Regions 3, 4, 7, and 11
07 November 2016Regions 1, 2, 6, 10 and 12
14 November 2016Regions 5, 8, 9, CAR and CARAGA

And before I forgot, in a five-year validity of driver’s license, there is a slight price increase. Before, a total of P585.26 will be charged for a new license application, but now it is P820.26. For driver’s license renewal, it is P652.63 unlike before which is P417.63. I should say it’s worth the price on a slight price increase, and I see little by little the ray of light from the previous government. Change is really coming!

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  1. raynald john p. ramos

    Pwede po bang mgconfirm ng status ng plaka ng motor bumili po kz aq ng second hand n motor gsto q po sna kzng ipalipat n po sa name q e slamt

    1. Steve Drive

      Oo, pwede mong ma-verify gamit ng cellphone mo, i-type lang:
      LTO<space>VEHICLE<plate number>
      (example: LTO VEHICLE PL1234)
      I-send lang sa: 2600

      1. Dhen

        Hi. paano malalaman kung wala pa po plate number? MV file palang kase gamit ko as a plate number. thanks

        1. LTO Exam

          Try mo i-contact mismo LTO office niyo.


    I applied for a renewal of my Non-Professional Drivers License last January 19, 2017, at the LTO branch office in Marikina. The same day I got only a receipt with a hand written note saying the expiration or validity is for five (5) years. When could I claim the new plastic driver’s license?

    1. LTO Exam

      Your LTO local office will inform you on its update.

  3. edris

    can I use as reference my Saudi Arabia drivers license to apply the philippine drivers lincense?

    1. LTO Exam

      Yes, you can. If it is valid, there’s no exam. You can contact your nearest LTO office directly.

  4. beelze feliciano

    Madali lng poh bng mgrenew ng prof license at saan poh pwd mgrenew?

    1. LTO Exam

      Oo, kahit saan LTO district office.

  5. Isha Ng

    kumuha po ako ng non-pro license nung Dec 18,2017 pero yung validity n nklgay ay hanggang Jan.19,2022.and my birthdate is Jan.19..Is it typo error lng po?its supposed to be 5yrs from the date of registration.

    1. LTO Exam

      Ok yun, birthdate is always the date of expiration of driver’s license.

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