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  • So You Want To Learn How To Drive: Here's Your Guide To Getting A Student's Permit

    Here's a list of all the documents you need to prepare.
    by Dahl D. Bennett .
So You Want To Learn How To Drive: Here's Your Guide To Getting A Student's Permit
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  • So, you want to learn how to drive? The Land Transportation Office (LTO) became just a tad stricter recently before you can get your Student's Permit.

    Here's what you should know and prepare to get a permit before getting behind the wheel for your first driving lessons.

    What are the qualifications for a student permit?

    Before you even apply, check this list to make sure you are qualified:

    • Filipino citizens [sixteen (16) years of age and above]
    • Foreign citizens at least eighteen (18) years old and must have been in the Philippines for at least one (1) month and proof of stay for at least six (6) month
    • Must be physically and mentally fit
    • Must be able to read and write in Filipino or English
    • Must not have unsettled traffic violation
    • What are the requirements for a student permit?

    If you meet the qualification above, the next step is to prepare the following requirements, which are specified at the LTO website.

    There are quite a few and, rightly so, because learning how to drive to get a driver's license should never be taken lightly. You will need the following:

    • Duly accomplished Application for Driver's License (ADL).
    • Original birth certificate for presentation purposes only and photocopy version to be submitted upon application
    • Marriage contract (for married women) which is duly authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or a valid passport
    • For applicants below 18 years old, one consent authorizing the applicant to secure a student's permit coming from parent or a person having custody/care or supervision over the minor applicant
    • Together with the consent, applicant should have original and one photocopy of any valid government-issued ID of the parent/affiant with photo and signature for presentation and submission, respectively
    • One original and photocopy of any issued ID with photo and signature of the applicant for presentation and submission, respectively
    • Copy of a medical certificate (electronically transmitted to LTO by the accredited medical clinic) for presentation
    • For foreigners, original and photocopy of passport with entry date of at least one month and a visa duration of six months from date of application; if born in the Philippines, presentation of the original and submission of one photocopy of birth certificate duly authenticated by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
    • Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN), if employed.

    Things to remember when applying for a student license

    The agency is very strict when it comes to IDs. Check out their website to find out what are considered acceptable government-issued IDs.

    If you live in an area with no PSA branch, you need to present the original and submit a copy of your birth certificate validated by the Office of the Local Civil Registry. You need to attach the official receipt too.

    What are the new LTO requirements for a student license?

    In its efforts to improve the quality of driver's education and ensure that licenses are issued to deserving applicants, the LTO now makes it mandatory for all those applying for a student's permit to complete a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) first from an LTO-accredited Driving School.

    The certificate must be electronically transmitted to the LTO-IT System upon issuance.

    The TDC requires a written examination after every driving session for the purpose of validating the level of learning of a student.

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    Once you have completed the requirements, bring them with you to the License Section of the LTO Central Office or at any LTO Licensing Center, District/Extension Office, and Driver's License Renewal Office (DLRO) nationwide.

    Once there, expect to do the following steps:

    1. Accomplish the Application for Driver's License (ADL) form.
    2. Submit the accomplished ADL form together with all the requirements above
    3. You will be given a queue number and asked to read the Driver's Road Safety Pledge
    4. Once your queue number/name is called, go to the designated area for photo and signature capture

    You can then pay the required fee at the Cashier. As of 2019, the fee costs Php317.63, broken down to the application fee (Php100), computer fee (Php67. 63) and Student Fee (Php150.000). 

    You can get your Student Permit and Original Receipt after your payment. Don't forget to fill out the log sheet before leaving.

    In the past, it was still possible to take your initial driving lesson with a relative but these days, enrolling in a driving school is necessary.

    Many schools may sometimes take care of applying on your behalf but you may still have to prepare all the requirements for them to accomplish the application.

    It may be wise as well to check out the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Management System as it has launched its online portal, making the application for a student's driving permit easier, faster, and safer under the pandemic.

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