Free 15-Hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) at LTO

The LTO offers a free 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) to new drivers and applicants who wish to obtain a Student-Driver's Permit prior to obtaining a driver's license. Know how to enroll for a free TDC here.

(UPDATED 06/05/2022) Since April 6, 2020, new drivers who want to obtain a Student-Driver's Permit must enroll in a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) or any LTO-accredited Driving Schools due to Memorandum Circular 2019-2176.

Applicants do not need to be concerned if their budget does not allow them to enroll in a TDC lecture because LTO provides it for free at their education centers throughout the Philippines. 

After completing the course, the applicant will receive a TDC certificate, which they will need to obtain a Student-Driver's Permit. The purpose of obtaining a TDC certificate is to ensure that applicants are disciplined individuals who understand traffic rules when driving.

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What is Theoretical Driving Course (TDC)?

The TDC, or Theoretical Driving Course, is required for new drivers and applicants who seek to have a driver's license for the first time. They will be given a certificate after completing the 15-hour TDC lecture, which is one of the requirements for obtaining a Student-Driver's Permit.

Once an individual gets a Student-Driver's Permit, they will be allowed to get a non-professional driver's license after completing the necessary steps set by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) of the Philippines.

What are the requirements to get a TDC?

If you're able to get a schedule for the Theoretical Driving Course at any LTO office, you must provide the following:

  • PSA/NSO Certificate of Live Birth (Original and Photocopy);
  • A photocopy of one (1) valid government-issued identification card;
  • If married, a photocopy of the marriage contract is required;
  • One (1) piece of 2 x 2 ID photograph; and
  • A printed copy of the Theoretical Driving School Student List with the student's name highlighted.

How can I avail myself of a free LTO Theoretical Driving Course?

Every week, the official Facebook Page of an LTO Drivers Education Center (DEC) will post an enrollment form. That's why applicants need to be vigilant so that they can avail of the free Theoretical Driving Course.

To avail of a free 15-hour LTO Theoretical Driving Course, you must first check the official social media page of the nearest LTO office in your area, as they will be posting an online form each week for those who wish to reserve a slot. 

If you are successful in obtaining a slot, you will be required to visit the LTO office and submit the necessary requirements. The TDC is to be completed in three days at a rate of five hours per day. The attendee should arrive at the center as early as 8:00 a.m. on the first day of orientation.

List of LTO - Drivers Education Centers

You may check the updated list of LTO Driver's Education Centers (per Region), where you can get a free LTO Theoretical Driving Course. 

Simply follow the Facebook page of the LTO's regional office nearest you and wait for an announcement or inquire about the next Theoretical Driving Course schedule.

Region 1

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
La Union LTO Region 1 - Drivers Education Center (DEC) LTO Regional Office, Aguila Road, Sevilla, San Fernando City, La Union 0726193105 LTO - R1 

Region 2

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Cagayan LTO Region 2 - DEC Main Avenue, San Gabriel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan 09357828582 LTO - R2

Region 3

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Pampanga Main DEC LTO Bldg., Government Center, Maimpis, San Fernando, Pampanga 0454551764 LTO - R3

Region 4A

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Laguna LTO R4A DEC 2/F Mvic Bldg., Maharlika Highway, San Benito, Alaminos, Laguna 0495466415 LTO - R4A

Region 4B

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Oriental Mindoro LTO - R4B Driving School (DS) Tawiran, City of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro 0432887143 LTO - R4B
Marinduque LTO - Boac DS Bangbangalon, Boac, Marinduque 423111526 LTO - Boac
Romblon LTO - Romblon DS Tabing Dagat (Pob.), Odiongan, Romblon 0425675199 LTO - Romblon
Palawan LTO - Palawan DS Valencia St., San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City (Capital), Palawan 0484340562 LTO - Palawan
Occidental Mindoro LTO - San Jose DS Municipal Compound, Barangay 7 (Pob.), San Jose, Occidental Mindoro 09083305768 LTO - San Jose
Occidental Mindoro LTO - Sablayan DS Tuburan Poblacion (Lumangbayan), Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro 09207889419 LTO - Sablayan
Occidental Mindoro LTO - Mamburao DS Payompon, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro 09157552968 LTO - Mamburao

Region 5

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Albay LTO - R5 DEC Legazpi City (Capital), Albay 09954977825 LTO - R5
Albay LTO - Ligao DEC LTO Ligao Zone 4, Ligao, Albay 7420872 LTO - Ligao
Albay LTO - Tabaco DEC Bldg. Pawa Quinale, Cabasan (Pob.), Tabaco, Albay 7420872 LTO - Tabaco
Camarines Sur LTO - Iriga DEC Bldg. Iriga, Iriga City, Camarines Sur 7420872 LTO - Iriga
Camarines Sur LTO - Ragay DEC Andaya Highway, Banga Caves Ragay, Camarines Sur 7420872 LTO - Ragay
Camarines Norte LTO - Daet DEC San Gregorio Village, Mancruz, Daet, Camarines Norte 7420872 LTO - Daet
Camarines Sur LTO - Naga DEC Lcc Mall Compound, Sabang, Naga City, Camarines Sur 7420872 LTO - Naga
Albay LTO - Legazpi DEC Bgy. 27 - Victory Village, South (Pob.), Legazpi City, Albay 7420872 LTO - Legazpi
Sorsogon LTO - Irosin DEC Bldg. Poblacion, San Julian (Pob.), Irosin Sorsogon 7420872 LTO - Irosin
Camarines Sur LTO - Partido DEC Bldg., Fuentabella Highway, Tigaon, Camarines Sur 7420872 LTO - Partido
Camarines Sur LTO - Pamplona DEC Bldg. St. Del Rosario, Pamplona, Camarines Sur 7420872 LTO - Pamplona
Camarines Norte LTO - E-Patrol DEC Bldg. St. Poblacion, Talisay, Camarines Norte 7420872 LTO - E-Patrol
Sorsogon LTO - Sorsogon DEC Cabid-an, Sorsogon (Capital), Sorsogon 7420872 LTO - Sorsogon
Catanduanes LTO - Virac DEC San Isidro Village, Virac (Capital), Catanduanes 7420872 LTO - Virac
Masbate LTO - Masbate DEC LTO Masbate, Airport Rd., Masbate, Masbate 09107799580 LTO - Masbate

Region 6

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Iloilo LTO - Iloilo DEC Quintin Salas, Iloilo City, Iloilo 09398725995 LTO - Iloilo
Negros Occidental LTO - Neg. Occ. DEC Cottage Rd., Bacolod City, Negros Occidenta 09610517430 LTO - Neg. Occ.

Region 7

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Cebu LTO - R7 DEC N. Bacalso Avenue, Pahina Central, Cebu City, Cebu 0923726363 LTO - Cebu

Region 8

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Leyte LTO - Tacloban DEC Army Rd., Brgy. 2, Tacloban City 09338295421 LTO - R8
Biliran LTO - Naval DEC Calumpang, Naval, Biliran 09777914349 LTO - Naval
Leyte LTO - Ormoc DEC Ormoc City, Leyte 09165140952 LTO - Ormoc
Samar LTO - Calbayog DEC JD Avelino St., Calbayog City, Samar 09173112653 LTO - Calbayog
Leyte LTO - Carigara DEC Makabenta St., Ponong (Pob.), Carigara, Leyte 09562362273 LTO - Carigara

Region 9

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Zamboanga del Sur LTO - Zamboanga DEC Veterans Ave., Santa Barbara, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur 09051551559 LTO - R9
Zamboanga Sibugay LTO - Ipil DEC Poblacion, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay 09051551559 LTO - Ipil
Zamboanga del Sur LTO - Pagadian DEC Tiguma HIghway, Tiguma, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 09051551559 LTO - Pagadian
Zamboanga del Norte LTO - Dipolog DEC Turno, Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte 09051551559 LTO - Dipolog
Zamboanga del Sur LTO - Region 9 LTO Regional Office 9, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur 09266401111 LTO - R9

Region 10

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Misamis Oriental LTO - CDEO District MVIS Compound, Zone 7 Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental 09051551559 LTO - R10

Region 11

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Davao del Norte LTO - Panabo DEC J.P. Laurel, Panabo, Davao del Norte 09285212630 LTO - R11 Panabo
Davao del Norte LTO - Tagum DEC Provincial Government Center, Tagum City, Davao del Norte 0842166516 LTO - Tagum
Davao del Sur LTO - DLRO Buhangin Cabantian, Davao City, Davao del Sur 09338799769 LTO - Buhangin
Davao del Sur LTO - DLRO Toril Felcris Supermarket, Toril, Davao City, Davao del Sur - LTO - Felcris Toril
Davao del Sur LTO - Metro Davao LTO MVIS Compound, Quimpo Blvd., Davao City, Davao del Sur 09201144675 LTO - Davao City
Davao Oriental LTO - Mati Gov't Center - Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental 09460391168 LTO - Mati

Region 12

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
South Cotabato LTO - R12 Main DEC Sta. Cruz, Koronadal, South Cotabato 09174952000 LTO - R12

National Capital Region (NCR)

City Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Las Piñas LTO - NCR West DEC (Las Piñas) Talon Uno, Las Piñas City - LTO - NCR
Pasay LTO - NCR West DEC (Pasay) Domestic Rd., Pasay City - LTO - NCR
Quezon City LTO - NCR West DEC Matalahib, Quezon City 09356831967 LTO - NCR
Quezon City LTO - NCR RDEC (Quezon City Licensing Center) East Avenue, Pinyahan, Quezon City 09356831967 LTO - NCR East
Quezon City LTO - NCR RDEC East Avenue, Pinyahan, Quezon City 09356831967 LTO - NCR East

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Benguet LTO - CAR DEC YMCA Bldg., Upper Session Rd., Baguio City 0744231662 LTO - CAR

Caraga Region

Province Name Address Contact No. FB Page
Agusan del Norte LTO 13 - Butuan City DEC Dagohoy Pob., Butuan City, Agusan del Norte 09983481292 LTO - Caraga

How much is a theoretical driving course?

If you plan to take your Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) in a driving school that is accredited by the LTO, the fee will vary and may cost you more than P1,500.00. Meanwhile, there is no charge if you attend the LTO Drivers Education Center's FREE 15-hour lecture.

Can I get a student permit without a Theoretical Driving Course?

No, you can't get a Student-Driver's Permit unless you have completed a Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) certificate. It is one of the primary requirements for those obtaining their driver's license for the first time. 

Aside from that, those seeking a student permit must provide a medical certificate, live birth, and other documents as specified by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).


To ensure a safe road for drivers, commuters, and others, it's an excellent idea for the Land Transportation Office and the Philippine government to have a stricter process and several courses for an individual to get their driver's license.

The Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) is beneficial because it teaches an applicant for a Student's permit to be safe on the road by adhering to traffic rules and regulations. —iTacloban

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