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Driving is a skill that every citizen must possess.  You can go to a driving school to learn or be mentored by a parent or a relative.  In my case, I learned from my friends who would sneak out of their homes in the dead of the night, pushing their parents’ trusty sedans ever so silently out of the garage.  We would practice in subdivisions and vacant lots until the wee hours of the morning.  My parents were shocked to find out I could drive at the age of 16, and how!  Nevertheless, they took me to LTO to secure my Student Permit and my dad took over teaching me how to drive – the responsible way.

Are you itching to get your hands on that steering wheel?  Well, wait no more.  If you are at least 16 years old, you may apply for your very own Student’s Permit and begin learning how to drive in no time.

Here’s how:

  1. Qualifications
    • Must be at least sixteen (16) years old.
    • Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle.
    • Must be able to read and write in English and Filipino.
  2. Documentary Requirements
    • Properly accomplished Application for Driver’s License.  You may download a copy of the form here and fill it out with the correct information before proceeding to the LTO.
    • Original and photocopy of your PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt.
    • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  3. Procedure
    • Proceed to the Customer Service Counter to get your checklist of requirements and secure a Driver’s License Application Form (Or download the form and fill out prior to your visit to LTO.  Bring the accomplished copy when you visit LTO).  Secure a queue number and wait for your number to be called.  In some cases, they will announce your name and the window number where you need to proceed; pay attention and avoid wearing your earphones or talking on the phone while waiting for your name to be called.
    • When your number is called, proceed to the evaluator counter and submit all the required documents and have it checked for completeness and authenticity.
    • Proceed to the photo taking/signature area to have your picture and signature taken when your name is called.
    • Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called to pay the necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt.
    • Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called and present the Official Receipt and claim the Student Driver’s Permit.
  4. Fees and Charges
    • Student Permit (SP) Fee                Php 150.00
    • Application Fee                                Php 100.00
    • Computer Fee                                   Php 67.63
    • TOTAL                                                  Php 317.63

You may apply for your Student’s Permit at any Licensing Center or District Office with Driver’s License transactions.

Remember that even if you have a Student’s Permit to drive, you need to be accompanied by a regular driver’s license holder every time you operate a motor vehicle.  You must never go out driving on your own.