Need a driver’s license?
Getting drivers license in the Philippines might sometimes quite so easy for some people. Corruption in the Philippines is common, so expect the unexpected. How are the government protocols being implemented in getting any kind of licenses in the Philippines? Well, if you have a relative in that office then you will be entertained first and avoided the very long queue, heat of the weather outside waiting for your turn. Getting a driver’s license is just one of this. There are three types of driver’s license in the Philippines, Student permit, Non-Professional, and Professional license.
Student permit is the first step in acquiring driver’s license. It is acquired by just applying to Land Transportation Office. It’s simple and easy as long as you have all the requirements with you. The fees comprises application fee Php 100.00, Student Permit fee Php 150.00 and Computer fee Php 67.63.
Follows are pre-requirements:
- Applicants must be at least 16 years of age
- Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle.
- Able to read and write in Filipino or English.
- Must not be a drug user and/or alcoholic.
- For foreign applicants:
- Additional requirements
- Original and Photocopy of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)
- Original and Photocopy of visa/ passport
- Has stayed in the country for at least one month and permitted to stay in the country for at least five months
- Permit Validity
*Note that student permit is valid only for one week; you should apply for non-professional license before student permit expires or else after one week it will be considered void or invalid.
Be aware of the fixers that try to help you to make it quicker. Fixers are very common in government offices in the Philippines. They are those people outside the offices that offer you to hand your papers and make it faster for you saying they have someone inside to do it quicker. Don’t be deceived by these people because they will ask you extra fees.
I will be posting soon on my next article on how apply for the next step which is the non-professional driver’s license.