Updated on October 26, 2022

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Requirements, Fees, and the LTO Student Permit Application Process Guide – Have you ever driven a car before? To drive a car legally in the Philippines, you need a license.

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However, you must first submit an application for a student license at the Land Transportation Office in order to be eligible for a driver’s license (LTO). Here is a helpful guide to assist you in applying for an LTO student permit.

What is an LTO Student Permit?

An LTO student permit, also known as a student license or student driver permit, is a legal document that entitles its bearer to operate a motor vehicle in the Philippines while being accompanied by a licensed driver, either professional or non-professional.

The student permit is valid for a year from the date of issuance, providing ample time to learn traffic signs and regulations, hone driving techniques, and prepare for the LTO driving exams, which must be passed in order to apply for a driver’s license.

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This agreement is final and cannot be changed, amended, or renewed.

LTO Requirements for Student Permit

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Qualifications

To qualify for a student permit, you need to meet the following conditions:

  • Filipino citizens: At least 16 years old
  • Foreign residents: At least 18 years old and living in the Philippines for at least one year, with proof of stay for at least six months
  • Physically and mentally fit to operate a vehicle
  • Can read and write in Filipino or English
  • Have accomplished the LTO’s 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course
  • No unsettled traffic violations
  • Must have a valid email address

Requirements

Now, prepare these requirements for a student license application:

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  • Original and photocopy of a birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • For married women: PSA-issued marriage certificate
  • For applicants below 18 years old:
    • You must submit one parent’s consent or consent from a person having custody or supervision over the minor applicant, authorizing the applicant to apply for an LTO student permit.
    • Additionally, submit one original and one photocopy of any valid government-issued ID of the parent or guardian, with a photo and signature.
  • One original and one photocopy of any government-issued ID with photo and signature of the applicant
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if applicable
  • One original and one photocopy of the Certificate of Completion of the 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (this should be electronically transmitted to the LTO by the accredited driving school, LTO DEC, or TESDA training center)
  • For foreigners, please provide:
    • One original and one photocopy of the passport with an entry date of at least one month and a visa duration of six months from the date of application
    • If born in the Philippines: one original and one photocopy of birth certificate authenticated by the PSA
  • One original and one photocopy of the passport with an entry date of at least one month and a visa duration of six months from the date of application
  • If born in the Philippines: one original and one photocopy of birth certificate authenticated by the PSA

Note: Since January 2019, the LTO has been requiring online submission of medical certificates for student permit and driver’s license applications.

But no need to worry about this. The clinic will be the one to transmit your medical exam results to the LTO IT system.

The clinic will give you a hard copy of your medical certificate, which you must submit to the LTO for validation.

How to Get a Student License from LTO

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You must complete the required 15-hour theoretical driving course before you can begin the application process for your student license.

You can obtain your TDC for a fee at your local LTO-accredited driving school, or you can take the course for free at any LTO Driver’s Education Center.

LTO has put an end to online TDCs as of January 2021. This means that if you want to finish your TDC, you must enroll in a face-to-face course.

Please be aware that there will be no driving involved in these sessions. Instead, it focuses on the less important aspects of driving, such as traffic regulations and proper driving behavior.

Steps to Getting a Student Driver License

  1. Visit any LTO licensing center or district/extension office (if you’re in NCR, here’s the list of LTO branches in Metro Manila) and fill out the Application for Driver’s License (ADL) form.

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2. Proceed to the customer service window to get a number.

3. Submit the student license requirements once they call your number. The receiving personnel will check if they’re complete and will then turn over your documents to an evaluator who will assess your qualifications.

If you’re qualified, your application will be encoded in the LTO system and forwarded to the approving officer.

4. After your application is approved, your name will be called for photo and signature taking.

5. Pay the fees for your student license application at the cashier. Keep the official receipt issued to you.

6. Proceed to the release counter and present your receipt to claim your student permit card. You’ll also be issued an LTO driving exam reviewer for driver’s license issuance.

7. Write your name and sign the release form.

You are eligible to apply for a non-professional driver’s license one month after receiving a student permit.

After holding a student license for at least 6 months, you can apply for a professional license.

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LTO Student Permit Online Application

Students can now use the LTO web portal to apply online for their LTO permit. This is the public portal for the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS), which is available on desktop, mobile, and tablet devices.

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How to Use the LTO Portal in the Philippines – A User’s Guide

How to Apply Online

  1. Visit their official website and click ‘REGISTER’ if you don’t have an account yet. Click ‘LOGIN’ if you have already registered on the site.
  2. Read the Terms of Agreement, then click ‘Yes, I accept’. Encode the security code before proceeding to the next step. When you’re done, click ‘Next’ on the lower right-hand corner of the page.
  3. Choose your registration type. Select ‘Enroll as an Individual’ and proceed to the registration form.
  4. You’ll be asked if you have an existing driver’s license. Select No as you’re applying for a student permit. (If you have an existing driver’s license, you’ll need to enter your driver’s license number, its expiry date, and your answer to the security question.
  5. Next, provide your personal information, including your email address, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, and contact details.
  6. Check your email and click the verification link. Make sure to verify your email within 24 hours. Otherwise, your account will be automatically deleted.
  7. After verification, create a secure password (at least 8 characters, alphanumeric, with uppercase and lowercase letters).
  8. Now sign in to your account using your login details.

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9. Click ‘Licensing’ on your dashboard and complete your online application form.

10. On the service list, select the type of service you want to avail of. In this case, select ‘Student’s License.’

11. Complete your application form by filling in your desired application schedule and your preferred LTO office. You can also submit your medical certificate and process payments using the LTO website.

Tips for Student Permit Applicants and Holders

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Use these pointers to drive safely while holding a student license and applying for a student permit.

1. Undergo Medical Exam at an LTO-Accredited Clinic

The medical certificate, a crucial prerequisite for student permit applications, will demonstrate your physical and mental fitness for driving.

The doctor will note it in the medical certificate if you have a condition that will impair your ability to drive.

However, only medical certificates from registered physicians and accredited clinics are recognized by the LTO. Near the LTO office are clinics that have received LTO accreditation.

Avoid wasting time and money by obtaining a medical certificate from a clinic or physician who is not accredited.

2. Bring Enough Cash for the Medical Exam and Student License Fee

Not just the student license fee is included in the price of obtaining a student permit. The price of the medical examination, which ranges from ₱350 to ₱500, must also be taken into account. Have enough cash on hand to cover these LTO fees.

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

You could try using your HMO or health card to cover the cost of the medical exam to save money.

3. Apply for a Driver’s License Before Your Student Permit Expires

The LTO does not accept applicants for driver’s licenses with expired student permits.

You must turn in your student permit before the end of its one-year validity period in order to obtain a driver’s license.

Remember: You have one month up to one year from the date your student permit was issued to apply for a non-professional license.

You have between six and a year after they issued your student permit to apply for a professional license.

LTO Student Permit Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is the difference between a student permit and a driver’s license?

Driver’s licenses for professionals and non-professionals are different from those for students.

It is given to new drivers so they can practice and learn the fundamentals of driving under the supervision of a qualified licensed driver before applying for a driver’s license.

A non-professional driver’s license, on the other hand, is given by the LTO to individuals (previously granted a student permit) who will operate a vehicle with a gross weight of less than or equal to 4,500 kg.

Holders of professional driver’s licenses are permitted to operate heavier and larger vehicles.

2. Is the LTO student permit a valid ID?

According to this post from the LTO Makati District Office, the student permit is technically only a temporary permit and is not intended to be a legitimate identification number for various transactions with government offices and banks.

However, a number of government organizations, including the DFA and SSS, still recognize the student permit as a legitimate ID.

For instance, when applying for or renewing a passport, you can submit your student permit (in orange card format) to the DFA. You may present your student permit and its official receipt for SSS transactions.

3. How much is the student license fee?

The total cost of a student permit application is PHP 317.63, consisting of these fees:

  • Student permit fee: ₱150
  • Application fee: ₱100
  • Computer fee: ₱67.63

4. What government IDs are accepted for LTO student permit applications?

Here’s a comprehensive list of government IDs that you can use to apply for an LTO student permit:

  • Philippine Identification (Phil ID) Card
  • Passport
  • Social Security System (SSS) Card
  • UMID Card
  • PhilHealth ID
  • TIN Card
  • Postal ID, Voter’s ID, Barangay ID
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID
  • Senior Citizen ID, OFW ID, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID
  • National Council of Disabled Affairs (NCDA) ID
  • Solo Parent ID
  • Voter’s Certification
  • Government Services and Insurance System (GSIS) e-Card
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Government-Owned and/or Controlled Corporations (GOCC) ID
  • Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) ID
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Certification
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID

5. What’s the validity of the LTO student permit?

The student permit is good for a full year after it is issued. After that, you are no longer able to complete the practical driving course using the permit.

You may already apply for a non-professional driver’s license if you successfully completed the driving course during the validity period.

Note: From October 31, 2021, to February 28, 2022, the LTO has extended the expiration dates for all licenses (student permits, driver’s licenses, conductor’s licenses, and medical certificates).

6. Can I renew my LTO student permit?

Yes, you can renew your expired LTO student permit. Here’s how:

  1. Fill out the Application for Permits and License (APL) e-Form.
  2. Submit a copy of your student driver’s permit.
  3. Electronically submit your medical certificate from any LTO-accredited medical clinic. You must issue one original and one photocopy of the medical certificate.
  4. If your student permit was issued before August 3, 2020: Present one original and one photocopy of the Certificate of Completion of the 15-hour TDC.

7. Can I drive with a student permit only?

By law, a licensed driver must accompany student drivers whenever they operate a vehicle. This means that if you only have a student permit, you cannot drive alone.

The LTO fine for breaking this rule is ₱3,000.

For more on the topic, you may also be interested in:
Philippines List of LTO Violations and Penalty Fees

Final Thoughts

Make sure you do everything correctly to avoid the hassles and delays because getting your driver’s license is an exciting milestone.

Therefore, obtaining an LTO student permit is the first requirement for submitting an application for a driver’s license.

If you want to progress to becoming a licensed driver, do your research and take your driver’s education seriously.

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