Updated LTO Student Permit Requirements and Procedure 2022 (for Driver's License Application)


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To legally drive a car in the Philippines, you need to have a driver's license. But before you could apply for a driver’s license, you need to secure first an LTO Student Permit which gives you the permission to learn how to drive. How to get a Student Permit? It's actually easy to get one. You just need to enroll in a 15-hour driving course, complete all the requirements, and apply for an LTO Student Permit at the Land Transportation Office's (LTO) licensing department.

Whether you are aiming for a Professional or Non Professional Driver's License, you are required to get a Student Permit first. With this, let me share to you this easy-to-follow guide on how to get a Student Permit from LTO to help you on your application.

UPDATED LTO Student Permit Requirements and Procedure 2022


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  1. Enroll a Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) from an LTO-accredited driving school or get a free TDC from LTO Driver's Education Center near you.
  2. Complete all the needed requirements for your Student Permit application.
  3. Go to the LTO Office to apply for Student Permit.
  4. Get you LTO Student Permit.

What are the Qualifications to Apply for Student Permit?

  • Applicant must be a Filipino citizen sixteen (16) years of age and above.
  • He/She must be physically and mentally fit.
  • Applicant should be literate. Must be able to read and write in Filipino or English.
  • Must not have unsettled traffic violation.
  • Applicant have completed and passed the 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC).
  • If the applicant is a foreigner, he/she should be 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) months.

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Student Permit Requirements Checklist

Here are the requirements you need to secure when applying for LTO Student Permit. Be sure to complete all the requirements before going to the LTO Office to avoid any delay in processing your Student Permit application.
  1. Duly accomplished Application for Driver's License (ADL). You can get this at the LTO office or you may download the form from the LTO website.
  2. One (1) photocopy of Birth Certificate from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). For married women, bring also one (1) photocopy of Marriage Contract from PSA. If you have a Valid Passport, you may submit a photocopy instead. Bring the original copies for verification.
  3. For applicants below 18 years of age, submit one (1) parent's/guardian's consent letter authorizing the applicant to secure a student permit with presentation of one (1) original and submission of one (1) photocopy of any valid government issued ID of the parent/guardian. ID should have photo and signature.
  4. One (1) photocopy of any issued ID with photo and signature of the applicant. Bring the original ID for verification.
  5. Presentation of one (1) copy of the medical certificate from an LTO-accredited medical clinic. This certificate is also electronically transmitted to LTO by the accredited medical clinic.
  6. 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) certificate from an LTO-accredited driving school or from LTO Driver's Education Centers. Click here to watch my video on how to enroll for TDC.
  7. Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN), if the applicant is employed.


For foreign applicants, presentation of the original and submission of one (1) photocopy of passport with entry date of at least one (1) month and visa duration of six (6) months from date of application, or if born in the Philippines, presentation of the original and submission of one (1) photocopy of birth certificate duly authenticated by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Acceptable Government issued ID's - Philippine passport, Social Security System (SSS) Card, UMID Card, PhilHealth ID, TIN Card, Postal ID, Voter’s ID, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) ID, Senior Citizen ID, OFW ID, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID, National Council of Disabled Affairs (NCDA) ID, Solo Parent ID,Voter’s Certification, Government Services and Insurance System (GSIS) e-Card, Seaman's Book, Government Owned and/or Controlled Corporations (GOCC) ID, Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) ID, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Certification, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID.

In areas where there is no PSA branch, presentation of the original and submission of one (1) photocopy of birth certificate validated by the Office of the Local Civil Registry with attached Official Receipt

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Step-by-step Procedure in Getting an LTO Student Permit

  1. Go to the nearest LTO Office.
  2. Look for step 1 window for the verification, checking and submission of requirements.
  3. You will then be asked to read/recite the Driver’s Road Safety Pledge.
  4. Sit down and wait for your name to be called.
  5. When your name is called, proceed to the window for biometrics. Here, they take a photo of you and get your signature.
  6. After the biometrics, proceed to the cashier for the payment of fees. You will pay ₱317.63 pesos for the Student Permit.
  7. After payment, Student Permit and Official Receipt will be issued.

How much does it cost to get a Student Permit? (LTO Fees and Other Expenses)

Here are the total expenses in getting a student permit. Please note that it may vary depending on where you will get the 15-hour TDC Certificate as well as the medical certificate. You can save more on expenses if you could get the Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) for free.
  • TDC - ₱1,500
  • TDC Certificate - ₱200
  • Medical Certificate - ₱480
  • Student Permit - ₱317.63
  • TOTAL - ₱2,497.63

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Tips and Reminders in Getting a Student Permit

  • Get your Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) and TDC Certificate only from LTO-accredited driving schools. You may watch my video on how to take TDC and how to get a TDC Certificate
  • If you want to save on expenses, there are select few LTO Driver's Education Centers that offer Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) for free. Inquire at the LTO Office near your place if they offer TDC for free.
  • Make sure that you already have all the requirements before going to the LTO Office to avoid delays.
  • There are LTO Offices inside shopping malls that process Student Permit application. For me, this is a better option when applying for Student Permit because they are inside the mall.
  • Based on my experience, there are less applicants in the afternoon.
  • Dress appropriately, there are LTO Offices that don't allow applicants wearing short pants.
  • If you are wearing eyeglasses, bring it when getting the medical certificate and during application.
  • A Student Permit is given for you to learn how to drive. It is not a driver's license, don't call it Student License and you should not use it in driving without the supervision of a Professional Driver's License holder.
  • After getting your student permit, you can now enroll for Practical Driving Course (PDC), also at any LTO-accredited driving school. They will be the one to issue a PDC Certificate for you to get a Non-Professional Driver's License.
  • Student Permit is valid for one (1) year.
  • You may apply for a Non-Professional Driver's License after 1 month and 1 day upon issuance of your Student Permit.

Student Permit Requirements and Process Video

Here's a video on the step-by-step procedure on how I got my Student Permit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, I will try to answer some of the questions posted on the comments section.

Question: Paano po kong naexpire na yung student permit nong june 2021, paano po magrenew?
Answer: Hindi po maaaring i-renew ang Student Permit. Kapag nag-expire na po, kukuha na kayo ng bagong Student Permit.

Question: Paano po if marunong ng magdrive at hindi na nag-aral sa driving school makakakuha parin po ba ng student license khit di pumasok sa driving school?
Answer: Sa bagong proseso ng pagkuha ng Student Permit, isa sa mga requirements ay ang TDC Certificate. Ito ay makukuha lamang sa mga LTO-accredited driving schools. Kailangan nyo po mag-enroll sa driving school o sa LTO Driver's Education Centers para makakuha nga TDC certificate.

Question: Wala bang free na TDC sa LTO po?
Answer: Maari nyo makuha ng libre ang TDC sa mga Driver's Education Centers ng LTO. Pumunta lamang kayo sa pinakamalapit na LTO Office sa inyong lugar para malaman kung sila ay nag-ooffer nito.

Question: Hello po may student permit na po ako paano po kapag maexperied na po siya kailan po dapat may renew ng student permit.
Answer: Hindi po nare-renew ang Student Permit. Kapag expired na, kailangan nyo po kumuha ulit ng bagong Student Permit.

Question: Panu po kapag nahulihan ng student permit pa lang.. pero ilang taon na po ang dumaan.. pwede po bng kumuha nalng ulit ng panibagong student permit?
Answer: Yes, try nyo nalang po kumuha ng bagong Student Permit.

Question: Good day panu po pag meron na po akong certificate ng driving school kaso 2014 pa po ang year kelangan ko pa din po ba mag kumuha ng tdc?
Answer: Yes po, kailangan nyo po kumuha ng TDC.


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  1. Pano po pag walang id? 18 years old po ako walang kung anong id kase di nag issue ng id yung school ko last year. meron po ako nung grade pa. is there any chances na tanggapin yung id na yun or mag cause lang ng delay? malayo pa po kase samin yung LTO branches baka di lang tanggapin sayang pamasahe

    1. Dala ka ng letter of authorization galing sa parents mo na inaallow ka kumuha ng SP. Must have their name and signature yun letter. Then dala ka ID ng parents mo and photocopy. Gamitin mo PSA or NSO na birth cert. Dala ka na rin school ID.

    2. Kuha ka ng police clearance sa lugar mo. It will serve as your ID.

    3. Kuha ka sa Phil heath madali lang naman magpa ID dun

  2. Sir saan po ang link ng application form

    1. Application for Student Driver's Permit / Driver's License / Conductor's License (APL):


  3. Kukuha sana akoa nang student permit ...

  4. Pwde ba hindi na mag enroll ng driver course?

  5. Hello, sabi po ng police nung sa pagtuturo niya na hindi daw po kailangan na professional driver ang kasama kapag student permit pa ang hawak kapag magdadrive. Mali daw po yun, dapat po e "DULY LICENSED DRIVER", hindi daw po dapat prof lang. Kahit non-prof ay pwede na po yun na maging kasama. Kung private vehicle lang naman po ang mamanihuin. Thanks for sharing this po, helpful for new applicants. :)

  6. Papaano kung student permit lang po Ang kukunin pero Wala pong driver education background??

  7. Paano Po komoha Ng student permit Po

  8. Sa ngayon 3750 ang student, punta lang kayo sa lto accredited na driving school and then register kayo tapusin niyo muna 15hrs, tapos after mo dun. pa medical kana and nso and then punta na mismo sa lto magpa student.

    1. for me, avail ka nalang free tdc sa mga lto centers, magagamit mo pa yang 3750 mo pambili ng basic necessities.

  9. ok lang ba ang certification of voter's fron Comelec

  10. Okey lang po NSO instead of PSA?

  11. paano po if marunong ng magdrive at hindi na nag-aral sa driving school makakakuha parin po ba ng student license khit di pumasok sa driving school?

    1. no po. required po ung TDC from accredited driving school pag nag apply ka ng student permit.

    2. Pano Po Kung marunong na mag drive at hinde na nag-aral Ng driving school makakakuha Po ba? Student license

  12. paano po kong naexpire na yung student permit nong june 2021, paano po magrenew..

  13. Baket ang mahal naman 3100 ang bayad,

  14. Tdc at pdc 3180 baket po ang mahal non?

  15. Need po ba fully vaccinated po kapag kukuha ng student permit?

  16. Ask ko lng po.Wala po tlga akong PSA..I have NSO valid pa po ba kaya un?

  17. Gud eve. Ask lng po paano po pag hindi pa po expired ung student license pde na po bang kumuha ng drivers license after a month? Salamat po sa sasagot.

    1. Pwede po as long as 32 days n maturity ng student permit.. then enroll po kau ng pdc sa driving school to get certificate and proceed n po sa LTO

  18. saan po kukuha ng medical certificate na nirerequire sa lto?un po ba ay ipapagawa before ka magpunta ng lto or magpprocess muna sa lto bago magpa med cert?thank you

  19. Pwede po bang sa magkaibang probinsya kukunin ang SP at driver's license?

  20. Ask ko lng po if a 16 year old mmakuha ng sp at upon maturity po ng sp nkapagrenew or maiprocess na po ba into non pro or professional drivers license

  21. Mga ilang Araw po pede ipagpaliban Ang PaG apply Ng student permit kapag nkakuha n Ng tdc? Salamat po

  22. Paano po kung expired student permit ko? Kailan ba uli mag TDC kahit nakapag TDC na ako noon?

  23. Paano po pag nahuli ka ng LTO na driving without license... pag nabayaran na po ba ung violation pwede na po ba agad mag-apply for student permit or Non-Pro license??

  24. May exam pa po ba pagkukuha student driver permit? Thanks

  25. Good day panu po pag meron na po akong certificate ng driving school kaso 2014 pa po ang year kelangan ko pa din po ba mag kumuha ng tdc ?

  26. Pnu po kpg nahulihan ng student permit p lng..pro ilang taon n po ang dumaan..pde po bng kumuha nlng ulit ng panibagong student permit?

  27. Hi po , paano po ba ma print and BARCODE galing sa LTO portal kasi kukuha sana ako ng student permit sa may FTI sinigawan ako nun nag screen ng lapel kung may BARCODE na ako e nakapa pa ako ayaw naman ipaliwanag yun pala may kasamahan sila sa gilid yun na gumagawa piro may bayad kahit magkano hati hati pala sila kawawa lang kasi medyo may di naman lahat sanay cell phone kaya maglalagay na lang

  28. Hello Po. paano Po pag walang Hanyang I'd? Ang I'd lang na Meron is Baranggay I'd? Pwede po kaya Yun for Student permit??

  29. Hello po may student permit na po ako paano po kapag maexperied na po Siya kailan po dapat may renew Ng student permiy

  30. Hi. How can I know if the clinic is LTO-Accredited? Or puede magpa-medical sa LTO office mismo? Thank you and happy new year!


  32. Dahil sa mga honest information na ito na save ako sa fixer worth 6500 for SP only! maraming salamat po!

  33. Gud day ask ko lng po.. Pano po pag wala pang isang buwan ang student permt at need na po mkakuha ng drivers license kse malapit napo magflight...valid po ba sa lto yun para makakuha agad ng non prof id? Salamt po sa sagot


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