Philippines Driving Licenses

Find out about getting a driving license in the Philippines and learning to drive a car or motorbike in the Philippines...

The information below is a basic guide to the process, and what to expect when applying for and taking a driving test in the Philippines. The procedures applies for licenses to drive both motorbike and cars. This also applies to foreigners who do not have a valid license, or have an expired foreign driving license.

The first step to getting a driving license is to apply for a student permit.

Applying for A Student’s Permit

To apply for a student permit the applicant must be at least 17 years old, be able to read and write in English or Filipino and must have arrived in the Philippines at least one month before applying for the license. A foreign applicant will need to provide proof from the Bureau of Immigration or from the Department of Foreign Affairs that the applicant will stay in the country for at least five months from the date of application.

If the applicant is under the age of 18, they must provide written consent from the parent or guardian, and this content must be notarized.

Applications are made at the licensing section of the Land Transportation Office in the place of residence. For residents of Metro Manila, this office is located on East Avenue, Quezon City.

Requirements:

  • Filled out application form. The form is available online
  • Original and photocopy of passport
  • One of the following
    • Alien Certificate of Registration I-card
    • Student ID card
  • Original birth certificate with photocopy (if born in the Philippines)

There is a fee for the student permit. The student permit allows the holder to drive on Philippine roads accompanied by a driver with a valid driving license

Applying for a New Non-Professional Driver’s License

This license can only be applied for a minimum of one month after the student permit and the applicant must be at least 18 years old. They must be physically and mentally fit to drive, not a drug user nor an alcoholic, and know how to read and write in Filipino or English.

The following documents must be submitted to the local Land Transportation Office

  • A negative drug test result issued by a government hospital or a Department of Health drug testing center
  • Taxpayer’s identification number if employed
  • Medical Certificate issued by a licensed physician practicing in the Philippines, issued within the last 14 days
  • Valid Student Permit (at least one month old)

The applicant must pass the written exam followed by the practical exam at the Land Transportation Office. There is a fee for the application process and the exams.

Once all the documents have been submitted, a photo and signature are taken and the application fee is paid. Once the applicant has successfully completed the exams, they then wait for their name to be called to pick up the new license at the releasing counter.

If the candidate fails either the theory or the practical exam twice, they cannot re-apply for a driving license for one year.

Comprehensive information about the procedure is available on the Philippines government website.

The initial driving license is valid for three years. If there are no driving violations during this period, the license is renewed for a further five years.