How to Get a Student Driver’s Permit in the Philippines

Officially turning 18, eh? Thinking of finally being legal to be behind the wheel, huh? Well, if you are thinking of obtaining a driver’s license that will allow you drive around on your own, then you must know that you first have to apply for a student permit, as this will be the one to give you authority to drive specific types of vehicles while being accompanied by someone with a Professional or Non-Professional Driver’s License.

Obtaining a Student Permit also gives you the chance to learn how to drive for a year before you take both written and practical driving examinations. To get yours, you can go to any LTO District Office, Licensing Center, and Extension Office that processes Driver’s License transactions.


  1. Filipino and foreign citizens whose age is 16 yrs. old and above.
  2. Holder of expired driver’s license of 10 years or more


  1. Duly accomplished Application for Driver’s License (ADL).
  2. Original and photocopy of birth certificate and marriage contract (for married women) duly authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO) / Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
  3. For minors, original copy of duly notarized parent’s consent or affidavit of a person having custody/care or supervision over the minor applicant authorizing the applicant to secure a student permit with original and photocopy of one (1) valid government issued ID of the parent/affiant with photo and signature.
  4. Original and one copy of any issued ID with photo and signature of the applicant.
  5. Electronically transmitted medical certificate in LTO prescribed form issued by LTO accredited clinic. (Present hard copy).
  6. In addition, for foreigner, original and one photocopy of passport with entry date of at least one (1) month and visa duration of at least one (1) year from date of application, or if born in the Philippines, original and photocopy of birth certificate duly authenticated by NSO / PSA.
  7. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if employed.
NOTE:  For holder of an expired driver’s license of ten (10) years or more, only ADL and electronically transmitted medical certificate in LTO prescribed form issued by LTO accredited clinic. (Present hard copy)


Step 1 Request Application for Driver’s License (ADL) form

A Customer Service Representative will issue a checklist of requirements and ADL form for you to fill out, as well as assign a queue number to you.

Step 2 Submits accomplished ADL and all the requirements with the attached Queue Number

An Evaluator will then receive and evaluate completeness and authenticity of submitted requirements, instructs applicant to recite the Driver’s Road Safety Pledge, and encodes the data of the applicant to create transaction ID number.

Step 3 Wait for your queue number and/or name to be called for photo and signature capture

A Photo / Signature Clerk will get your photo and signature; and then an Approving Officer will then review your application for approval, so you just have to wait.

Step 4 Pay Fees

A Cashier will then accept your payment of Php 317.63 and issue you an Official Receipt (OR)

Step 5 Obtain your Student Permit and OR

A Releasing Clerk will print your Student Permit and you will have to fill out their log sheet as well

That’s all you have to do to obtain a Student’s Driving Permit here in the Philippines, so if you want to start driving, you better start processing this first, learn to drive for a year, and then apply for a Non-Professional or Professional Driver’s License.

For more information your can check out Land Transportation Office’s Facebook Page and Website. You can also check out this Image by MoneyMax for more details:

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