Updated LTO Student Permit Requirements and Procedure 2021 (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 2021



  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.
  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/guardiam'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.
  7. Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN), if 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 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 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 offers Theoretical Driving Course 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.


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