LTO: 2 more years for good drivers’ licenses

DRIVERS who do not violate traffic rules may be entitled to a license good for five years, instead of the current three years. But teenagers eager to start driving lessons may have to wait until they reach 17, instead of 16.

These are among the proposed changes the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will introduce in simultaneous public consultations in four areas tomorrow.

LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco said they need the people’s opinions on the “Reform Measures in the Issuance of Driver’s License.”

In Cebu, the consultation will be held at 2 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Convention Center on D. Jakosalem St. Simultaneous consultations will take place in Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga and Quezon City.

The revised rules list fewer but stricter documentary requirements. A birth certificate authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority will be required, if the transportation department adopts the proposed rules.

Another proposal is to raise the minimum age for student permit applicants by one year, from 16 to 17 years old.

At present, an applicant who can’t present a birth certificate can instead submit a passport or any government-issued identification card; or a written consent from one’s guardians or parents.

The current rules also allow “a joint affidavit of two disinterested persons who know the applicant and who can attest to his/her age and identity.”

No lecture

Once they get their student permit, aspiring drivers must be given a reviewer for the exam.

For those applying for a non-professional driver’s license, the proposal is to waive the lectures before the examination.

Instead, the applicant “shall immediately proceed to undergo written examinations in the form of the basic driving theory test and will be immediately informed of the results.”

Those with a non-professional driver’s license can drive only privately-owned vehicles. Those who have a professional driver’s license are the only ones allowed to drive both privately-owned and public utility vehicles (PUVs) such as passenger buses, passenger jeepneys and taxis, among others.

Under the proposal, applicants who fail to pass the basic driving theory test or practical driving test shall not be allowed to take the same test within one month from the date of the last examination.


If the applicant fails to pass the practical driving test twice within one year, he or she shall not be allowed to apply again for at least one year.

Written exams shall be specific to the type of motor vehicle the applicant intends to drive, whether tricycles, light vehicles or heavy vehicles.

Also proposed is a paperless processing of renewals where no revisions are needed.

As proposed, a driver with a non-professional driver’s license who has no traffic violation during the three years the license was valid, will be entitled to a five-year license upon renewal.

Tomorrow’s consultation is open to the public.

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