Updated on October 30, 2022

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Drivers License Renewal: Before Applying, Read This Guide – Every motorist has a responsibility to renew their license.

If you continue to drive while your license is expired, you risk facing not only fines but also legal repercussions.

In the Philippines, renewing a driver’s license can be a laborious process.

However, it’s encouraging to know that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is making significant adjustments to simplify its procedures for all parties.

The issuance of licenses with a 10-year validity is the most intriguing change the LTO has so far made.

For drivers, this is good news because it will require them to visit the LTO less frequently in the future to renew their licenses.

But there are some restrictions in place, and it’s important to be aware of all the recent changes the LTO has made to its renewal process.

Here are some details about the Philippine driver’s license renewal that you should be aware of.

Who is Eligible for the 10-Year License?

Driver license holders who have no recorded traffic infractions will receive 10-year licenses under Republic Act 10930. This appears to be an incentive when viewed from the outside, which is a good thing.

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On the other hand, drivers with a history of traffic violations will only be given licenses good for five years.

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Philippines List of LTO Violations and Penalty Fees

Regardless of the length of time remaining on a driver’s license, all applicants must be eligible for renewal:

  • Holder of a non-professional, professional, or conductor’s license that is not expired for more than two years
  • Holder of a non-professional, professional, or conductor’s license who intends to leave the country, and the license is due for renewal within one year

A delinquent driver’s license applicant must be both physically and mentally capable of operating a motor vehicle and have passed both the written and practical tests.

What are the Drivers License Renewal Requirements?

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Depending on the type of applicant you are, there may be different requirements for your driver’s license renewal.

Look over these three categories and decide which one you fit into.

License Renewal Requirements for Local Applicants

  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Original and photocopy of government-issued ID that bears your picture and signature
  • Original driver’s license
  • Copy of the medical examination certificate (only electronically transmitted to the LTO by an accredited clinic)
  • Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) Certificate

Requirements for Local Applicants with an Expired License for Over 2 Years

  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Copy of the medical examination certificate (only electronically transmitted to the LTO by an accredited clinic)
  • Original expired driver’s/conductor’s license

License Renewal Requirements for OFWs

  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Photocopy of passport covering the following areas: first page, visa page, and departure in the Philippines and latest arrival overseas
  • Within 30 days of arrival at the office where the renewal was made, the applicant has to provide the following:
    • Copy of the medical examination certificate (only electronically transmitted to the LTO by an accredited clinic)
    • Photocopy of passport (first and arrival pages)
    • Original manual Official Receipt (OR)

How to Renew Your Driver’s License in the Philippines

You can typically renew your driver’s license in one of two ways: in person at an LTO office, or online. However, you’ll need to follow a different set of instructions if you’re an OFW or have a delinquent driver’s license.

Walk-In Application Steps for Driver’s License Renewal

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  1. Make sure first that you have an account on the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) portal. Otherwise, sign up here.

For more on the topic, you may also be interested in:
How to Use the LTO Portal in the Philippines – A User’s Guide

2. Take the CDE Online Validation Exam on the LTMS Portal. To access the online exam, log in to the portal, click the E-Learning tab on the top menu, and then select “CDE Online Validation Exam.”

3. If you get a passing score (at least 13 correct answers), print out your CDE certificate.

4. Visit the nearest LTO branch. Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.

5. Once you’re called, show your driver’s license ID and CDE certificate to the person in charge or LTO officer in the first window, and you’ll receive a document for the next step, which is the medical exam.

6. Go to the medical exam kiosk and show the paper to the officer-in-charge and wait for your turn until you’re called and pay the fees as required.

7. Return to the LTO officer desk for the processing of your renewal together with your medical results.

8. At the front desk, the officer will require you to log in on the LTMS Portal using the public computer to verify your details—ensure they are correct or you may also update any information as needed.

Make sure you know your email address and password. Don’t click the “Remember Username” as your account might still be logged and the next applicant will have access to your account. Keep in mind that once you finish verifying your information with the officer, click the Log Out button.

9. Wait for your turn for your biometrics and headshot picture-taking. You may choose to retain your current photo as well.

10. Wait for the release of your driver’s license card.

Depending on the line, using the special or priority lane will only take 20 to 30 minutes tops if you are a senior, a person with a disability, or pregnant.

There is a designated express lane for front-runners and riders at some LTO branches.

If not, it might take an hour or longer, especially if you arrive during a busy time. To avoid crowds, it is best to arrive before the opening time.

How to Book an Online Appointment for LTO Driver’s License Renewal Application

  1. Log in to your LTMS account.
  2. Take the CDE Online Validation Exam on the LTMS Portal. To access the online exam, click the E-Learning tab on the top menu, and then select “CDE Online Validation Exam.”
  3. If you get a passing score (at least 13 correct answers), download your CDE certificate.
  4. On your LTMS dashboard, click Licensing.
  5. Read through the LTMS Terms of Use. Once you’re done, click the Accept button.
  6. You’ll be then directed to the online application form. Choose Driver’s License for License Classification.
  7. Click Add Medical Certificate. Then, input your Medical Certificate Number. You’ll also have to upload a copy of your CDE certificate.
  8. Click Verify. Then, select Renewal for the type of application.
  9. Click the Next button. On the next page, select your desired appointment schedule and LTO branch.
  10. Pay the renewal fees via your chosen payment channel.

Driver’s Licence Renewal Steps for OFWs

  1. Have your authorized representative go to the nearest LTO branch. They’ll then get a queue number and wait for their number to be called.
  2. Once the authorized representative is called, they will submit all the requirements.
  3. The authorized representative then proceeds to the cashier to pay the fees.
  4. The authorized representative will then receive the official receipt that will serve as the temporary driver’s license.
  5. Within 30 days of your return to the Philippines, submit all the remaining requirements, which include the online medical certificate, photocopy of your passport, and the original receipt.
  6. Have your photo and biometrics taken.
  7. Get your Driver’s License card.

Steps for Applicants with a Delinquent Driver’s License

  1. Head to your preferred LTO branch. Get your queue number and wait to be called.
  2. Once called, submit all the requirements.
  3. Proceed to the cashier to pay the fees.
  4. Take the written examination. If you pass, you’ll proceed to the actual driving test. But if you fail, you’ll receive a computer-generated letter, prompting you to come back the following day at your convenience.

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Are you going to take the Drivers License Exam? Find How to Take and Pass the LTO Exam in the Philippines

5. Take the actual driving test. If you pass, you’ll be asked to complete the rest of the steps.

6. Proceed to the cashier to pay the required fees.

7. Proceed to the biometric/encoding window. Fill out the form for the encoding of your complete details in the new LTO-IT system.

8. Get your official receipt and Driver’s License card.

How Much is the Renewal of a Driver’s License?

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Depending on the type of license that needs to be renewed and the type of applicant you are, you will need to pay LTO fees. The Philippines’ fees for renewing a driver’s license are listed below.

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Fees for LTO Car Registration, Driver’s License, and Violations

Driver’s License Renewal Fees for Local Applicants

Type of FeeRegular FeeLicense Expired for 1 Day to 1 YearLicense Expired for More Than 1 Year to 2 YearsLicense Expired for More Than 2 Years
License fee₱585₱585₱585₱585
PenaltyNone₱75₱150₱225
Application feeNoneNoneNone₱100
Total₱585₱660₱735₱910

Driver’s License Renewal Fees for OFWs

Type of FeeRegular FeeLicense Expired for 1 Day to 1 YearLicense Expired for More Than 1 Year to 2 Years
License fee₱585₱585₱585
PenaltyNone₱75₱150
Total₱585₱660₱735

Where Can I Renew My Driver’s License in the Philippines?

The following offices handle the processing of your driver’s license renewal application.

  • LTO Central Office (License Section)
  • LTO Licensing Centers
  • Authorized District Offices or Extension Offices

For more on the topic, you may also be interested in:
List of every LTO branch in Metro Manila

Tips to Make Your Driver’s License Renewal Safer and More Efficient

You can keep the following in mind if you want to renew your license quickly. You can use some of these suggestions to keep yourself safe while you’re outside.

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1. Settle Past Traffic Violations

Make sure that all of your traffic infractions are paid for before you visit an LTO branch to renew your driver’s license. Pay off all of your fines in advance. Paying the fees on the day of your renewal will only cause the process to be delayed.

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Your pending violations are available for review online. To access your account, simply login to the LTO online portal. Select the Violations icon next.

You can see your failing grades and unresolved concerns there.

Congratulations if the system displays 0 Points and “NO UNSETTLED APPREHENSIONS FOUND”! This indicates that you are eligible for the 10-year license validity.

2. Double-Check Your Documents

Fill out your application form in advance if you plan to walk in. By doing this, you’ll be able to expedite the renewal process and proceed to the next stage.

After completing your form, check your entry of information again. Any inconsistencies and errors will only cause your application to be delayed.

3. Have Your Medical Exam in Advance

One of the requirements for renewing a driver’s license is a medical certificate. On the day of their license renewal, applicants for driver’s licenses typically receive a medical certificate after going through a medical exam.

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However, you might want to schedule your medical exam beforehand to avoid waiting in a long line.

Attend a medical examination at a clinic that has received LTO accreditation a few days prior to your appointment.

For more on the topic, you may also be interested in:
LTO License Renewal and Registration – Clinics and Physicians in Metro Manila

It will cost you ₱500 to obtain a medical certificate for your driver’s license renewal in the Philippines.

Keep in mind that the medical exam is performed every third year in addition to the year that your driver’s license is renewed.

Accordingly, your medical examination should take place every fourth and seventh year if your license has a 10-year validity.

If your license is only good for five years, you should also get a physical every three years.

4. Bring Some Snacks and Water

How long the line will be is unknown. Furthermore, you won’t know how long each step of the renewal process will take.

Bring snacks and drinks with you to be prepared. All you need is a bottle of water and some crackers.

5. Bring Your New Normal Essentials

Don’t be complacent when you leave the house because the pandemic is still ongoing.

Bring your new standard essentials, such as a face shield, hand sanitizer, and a face mask.

Additionally, always adhere to the LTO branch’s safety procedures.

6. Avoid Fixers at All Costs

Although the entire driver’s renewal process can be quite time-consuming, that is no justification for getting a fixer.

Working with a fixer is more than just an extra expense.

It’s one way to promote and sustain corruption within a government organization. However, if you get caught, you run the risk of facing legal consequences.

Final Thoughts

Given that the new license has a 10-year validity period, now is the ideal time to renew your driver’s license (provided that you have an untarnished driving record).

Even though the renewal process has undergone some improvements (such as the online application), you still need to control your expectations and make good plans.

In this manner, you’ll be able to obtain your new driver’s license earlier than anticipated.

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