Being a driver in the Philippines is not easy, especially with the new regulations and rules that must be met before you can obtain a driver’s license.
Before you can fully obtain a driver’s license in the Philippines, you must first get a student permit; and yes, I understand how stressful this may be.
Getting an LTO student permit in the Philippines today is already very different from previous years, from the prerequisites to the costs that you will have to pay before you can fully obtain an LTO student permit.
If you are going to get an LTO student permit but are confused about the new regulations and other things you must do and prepare, this article is for you!
If you want to learn more about how to get an LTO student permit in the Philippines, be sure to read all the way through so you don’t miss anything important.
Prepare yourself by taking notes or even screenshots, and thereafter let’s get started!
How do I get my student license 2022?
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Only Filipino citizens over the age of 16 and foreign citizens over the age of 18 who have been in the Philippines for at least one month and have documentation of stay for at least six months are eligible for a student permit.
Filipino citizens can apply for a student permit at any LTO office in their region, however foreign applicants can only apply at the LTO Central Office License Section in East Avenue, Quezon City.
To get a student license on Philippines, you must prepare the following:
- must be physically and mentally fit to drive,
- can read and write in Filipino, English or any major dialect,
- must have completed and passed the 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC),
- don’t have any unsettled traffic violation; and,
- should have an active personal e-mail address.
How can I apply for an LTO student permit 2022?
Getting an LTO student permit in the Philippines nowadays is already a lengthy procedure, especially when compared to prior years.
However, if you conduct thorough research and follow and prepare all of the necessary steps, you will no longer be worried.
Having stated that, here are the steps you must take one by one in order to obtain a student permit from LTO:
- Enroll in an LTO-accredited driving school’s Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) or acquire a free TDC at an LTO Driver’s Education Center near you.
- Fill out all of the required forms for your Student Permit application.
- Apply for a Student Permit at the LTO Office.
- You may now get your LTO Student Permit.
What are the requirements for an LTO student permit?
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Aside from completing a 15-hour TDC, there are additional requirements you must accomplish in terms of getting an LTO student permit.
To minimize any delays in completing your student permit application, make sure to complete all of the prerequisites before visiting the LTO office.
- Application for Driver’s License duly completed (ADL). This may be obtained at the LTO office or downloaded from the LTO website.
- Assess your health in an LTO-accredited clinic (this will serve as your proof of physical and mental fitness to drive).
- One (1) photocopy of a birth certificate from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or the National Statistics Office (NSO). Bring one (1) photocopy of the Marriage Contract from PSA/NSO for married women. If you have a valid passport, you may then provide a photocopy. Please provide the originals for verification.
- For applicants under the age of 18, provide one (1) parent/guardian consent letter permitting the applicant to get a student permit, along with one (1) original and one (1) photocopy of any valid identification.
- One (1) photocopy of any issued ID containing the applicant’s photo and signature. Bring your original ID with you for verification.
- One (1) copy of a medical certificate from an LTO-accredited medical clinic. The licensed medical clinic also electronically transmits this certificate to LTO.
- Certificate of completion of a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) from an LTO-accredited driving school or LTO Driver’s Education Center.
- If the applicant is employed, provide a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).
Can I get an LTO student permit online?
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines, the LTO now allows you to apply for an LTO student permit online.
Applicants can now apply for a student permit online using the LTO’s web site.
Here are the steps on how you can apply online:
- If you don’t have an account yet, go to https://portal.lto.gov.ph and select ‘Register Now.’ If you have already registered on the site, click Log In.
- Read the Terms and Conditions, then click ‘Yes, I accept.’ Before going to the next step, encode the security code. When you’re finished, click the ‘Next’ button in the lower right corner of the page.
- Select your registration method. Choose ‘Enroll as an Individual’ to access the registration form.
- You’ll be asked if you already hold a driver’s license. Because you’re applying for a student permit, choose No.
- Next, provide your personal information, such as your email address, birth date, mother’s maiden name, and contact information.
- Check your email for a verification link and click it. Please confirm your email within 24 hours. Otherwise, your account will be terminated automatically.
- Create a safe and strong password after verification.
- Sign in to your account with your login information.
- On your dashboard, go to ‘Licensing’ and fill out your online application form.
- Select the sort of service you wish to use from the service list. Select ‘Student’s License’ in this section.
- Fill out your application form by specifying your chosen application time and LTO office. You may also use this method to submit your medical certificate and make payments.
What is the validity of the LTO student permit?
The student permit is only valid for one year after it is issued. That is, if you do not get a non-professional driver’s license before the expiration date of your student permit, you will be required to obtain a new student permit.
If your student permit has already expired, you will be unable to complete the practical driving course.
To prevent squandering money, always remember that before acquiring a student permit, you must already have preparations to get a non-professional driver’s license.
What is the difference between a student permit and driver’s license?
The student permit is required for all first-time drivers and is the most crucial prerequisite before obtaining a driver’s license.
Student permits are intended to allow first-time drivers to learn and practice driving under the supervision of a certified licensed driver before applying for a driver’s license.
Student permit holders, on the other hand, are not permitted to drive without being accompanied by a non-professional or professional driver’s license holder.
Non-professional driver’s license holders, on the other hand, are already permitted to drive anywhere, even without the company of a professional driver’s license holder.
How much is the total cost of a student license?
Getting a student license today in the Philippines is already far more expensive compared to previous years. The overall costs of acquiring a student permit are as follows:
- Student permit fee – PHP 317.63
- Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) – PHP 1,500
- TDC Certificate – PHP 200
- Medical Certificate – PHP 480
- Total Cost – PHP 2,497.63
Please bear in mind that the cost of your 15-hour TDC certificate and medical certificate may vary depending on where you obtain them. You can save even more money if you can take the Theoretical Driving Course for free.
Is the LTO student permit a valid ID?
According to the LTO Makati District Office, the student permit is simply a temporary permission and is not considered a legitimate identity number for transactions with government offices and banks.
However, DFA and SSS consider the student permit as a legitimate ID as long as you present it with its official receipt; so, you must carefully keep your student permit’s official receipt from LTO.
Application Tips for the LTO Student Permit 2022
As a first-timer, we understand how stressful and nerve-racking it is to have errands like this, especially if you are alone.
As a result, we’ve opted to provide you with some pointers and things to keep in mind when applying for a student permit in order to minimize unnecessary delays and problems.
- Show up far sooner before the office’s opening hour, as there will already be large lineups at that time. At 6AM, there are usually long queues already gathered.
- Expect a lengthy wait. Bring a fan and a handkerchief if you go in the afternoon, when lines are generally the longest and the weather is too hot.
- Check that you have everything you need. You don’t want to return and wait in yet another huge queue, do you?
- Food and beverages are permitted in LTO stations. There are stores close, however bringing your own might be more convenient.
How to Get LTO Student Permit
Getting your driver’s license is an exciting moment, so do it responsibly to minimize delays and headaches.
Remember that obtaining an LTO student permit is the first step in applying for a driver’s license.
With all of the information provided above, we hope we have answered and clarified the questions you have concerning getting an LTO student permit.
As long as you follow all of the steps and prepare all of the necessary requirements ahead of time, the process for getting a student permit in the Philippines will not be as onerous as you would expect.
Read up and take your driver’s education seriously if you want to go full-fledged driving.