LTO Driver's License Renewal: Requirements and Process 2024

LTO Driver's License Renewal: Requirements and Process 2024

Driver's license renewal is a must-do for all drivers in the Philippines. If your license is about to expire, it's essential to renew it to avoid penalties and legal complications. But when and how to renew your license? This comprehensive guide has got you covered.

(UPDATED) As a driver, having a valid and legal driver's license is crucial when driving. Renewing your license is necessary whether it has expired, needs an upgrade, or has been lost or damaged.

Driving with an expired license can result in penalties and legal complications, so keeping up with the renewal process is important. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has made significant changes to make the renewal process easier for drivers. They now issue licenses with a 10-year validity, so you don't have to visit LTO frequently.

In addition, the LTO plans to introduce a digital version of the license card, which will be an alternative to the physical card. But before this happens, it's important to understand the requirements and process for renewing your driver's license in the Philippines to avoid legal issues.

So, if you're planning to renew your driver's license, read more about the requirements and steps involved in the process.

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When to renew a driving license?

It is important to know when to renew your driving license to ensure that you have a valid and legal license while driving. Here are the circumstances in which you need to renew your driving license:

Expiration of your driving license:

  • If your driving license has expired, you must renew it promptly. Driving with an expired license is illegal and can result in penalties if caught by authorities.

Upgrading to another driving license category:

  • If you pass the test for another driving license category and wish to obtain that category on your license, you need to renew your license to include the additional category.

Damaged or illegible driving license:

  • If your driving license has become damaged or is no longer legible, it is necessary to renew it. Authorities may not accept a damaged or illegible license as valid identification.

It's important to note that the renewal process for driving licenses in the Philippines may differ from the procedures in other countries. Specific rules and guidelines apply if you hold a driving license issued outside of the Philippines and wish to renew or exchange it within the country. 

It is recommended to seek information from the appropriate authorities or visit the official website of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in the Philippines for more details on renewing a foreign-issued driving license.

What are the requirements for driver's license renewal?

To renew your driver's license in the Philippines, you must fulfill certain qualifications and provide specific requirements based on your license type and merits. Here are the requirements for driver's license renewal:

  • You must have a duly accomplished APL Form.
  • You must have a valid driver's license (professional or no-professional).
      • Bring the original copy of your driver's license to the LTO office.
  • You must be physically and mentally fit to drive.
      • Provide a Medical Certificate from an Accredited Medical Clinic to certify your fitness.
  • You should have no unsettled traffic violations.
  • If your driver's license has not been renewed for more than 2 years:
      • Pass the Automated Theoretical Examination and Practical Driving Test.
      • Pay the corresponding penalty and basic fee.
  • Completion of the Driving Enhancement Program (DEP) is mandatory for the initial renewal of a DL for a period of five (5) years.
  • If you have accumulated 5 to 9 demerit points:
      • Complete the Driver's Re-orientation Course.
  • If you have accumulated 10 to 39 demerit points:
      • Complete the Driver's Re-orientation Course.
      • Pass the Theoretical Examination.

Other Requirements:

  • For foreigners: Valid Working Visa (for Professional Driver's License)
  • For operators of special-purpose vehicles (SV): Certificate of Completion (COC) issued by a recognized office, association, or institution for SV operation training.

Note: For Filipinos residing abroad, renewing their driver's license is feasible through online renewal or authorized representative by presenting the required documents. It is important to note, however, that upon returning to the Philippines, they must visit an LTO office to have their photo taken, present the Official Receipt, and submit a medical certificate.

For renewal with a valid foreign driver's license, those who wish to renew their license after it has been expired for two (2) years may do so. If their foreign license is still valid and has the same code as their Philippine driver's license, their driver's license code will be retained.

How to renew an LTO driver's license?

It's important to renew your driver's license to follow the rules and keep your driving privileges. You can renew your license online or by going to an LTO office. To make the process easier, follow these five steps:

Step 1 – Renew Your Driver's License Online (via LTMS Portal)

To begin the online renewal process, you must create an account on the LTMS (Land Transportation Management System) Portal. This portal serves as the platform for various driver's license services.

Once registered, you must pass the CDE (Certificate of Driver's Examination) Online Validation Exam. This exam tests your knowledge of road rules and regulations. Upon successfully completing the exam, you will receive a CDE certificate, which is an essential document for the renewal process.

Step 2 – Prepare Required Documents

Before proceeding with the renewal, ensure you have gathered all the necessary documents. These typically include your existing driver's license, the CDE certificate obtained from the online exam, and any other supporting identification or legal documents required by your local LTO office.

Double-check the requirements on the official LTO website or contact the nearest LTO office for clarification.

Step 3 – Visit the Nearest LTO Office

With your documents prepared, it's time to visit the nearest LTO office, licensing center, or LTO renewal office in select malls. Make sure to bring all the required documents with you. Upon arrival, approach the receiving personnel and submit your documents for validation.

They will review the documents to ensure they are complete, accurate, and compliant with the renewal requirements.

Step 4 – Complete the Biometrics and Photo Capture

Once your documents have been validated, you will proceed to the next stage, which involves capturing your biometric information and taking a new photo. Follow the instructions provided by the LTO staff, who will guide you through the process. This step is essential for updating your driver's license information and ensuring accuracy.

Step 5 – Receive Your Renewed Driver's License

After completing the biometrics and photo capture, you must wait for the LTO officer to process your renewal application. The LTO will review your information, verify your documents, and conduct any necessary checks.

Once your application has been approved, the LTO will issue your renewed driver's license. Along with your new license, you will receive an official receipt as proof of payment for the renewal. Take a moment to review the details on your new license and sign the release form as required.

Congratulations, you have successfully renewed your driver's license!

How to renew Student Driver's Permit?

If you don't have a driver's license yet but have an expired student driver's permit, you can still renew it provided that you have completed a theoretical driving course (TDC) and obtained a medical certificate. You can follow the steps below:

Step 1 – Go to LTMS Online Portal and Upload Documents

Log in to the LTMS (Land Transportation Management System) Online Portal. Upload the required documents - you only need to upload a scanned copy of your medical and theoretical driving course (TDC) certificates. 

Once done, you must pay the renewal fee of P150, including the convenience fee charged by the online payment system.

Step 2 – Visit LTO Office on Your Scheduled Appointment Date

After completing the payment, you must schedule an appointment on the LTMS Online Portal for your visit to the LTO office of your choice to submit the required documents. Remember to bring all the original documents you uploaded online and any additional requirements, such as your student driver's permit.

Step 3 – Submit Documents to Receiving Officer

Approach the receiving officer at the LTO office and present all the required documents. The officer will verify the completeness and accuracy of the documents. Ensure to follow any instructions provided by the officer during the submission process. You will also need to fill out an accomplished APL form.

Step 4 – Complete Biometrics and Photo capture

After submitting the required documents, proceed to the designated biometrics and photo capture area. Follow the instructions given by the LTO staff to complete the process. This step involves capturing your biometric information and taking a new photo for your renewed Student Driver's Permit.

Step 5 – Get Your New Student Driver's Permit

Once you have completed the biometrics and photo capture process, your application will undergo processing. Once approved, the LTO will issue your new Student Driver's Permit along with the Official Receipt.

Note: It is important to comply with the specified requirements and guidelines provided by the LTMS Online Portal and the LTO office. Check for any updates or changes in the renewal process on the official LTO website or contact your local LTO office for more information.

What is the cost of renewing a driver's license in the Philippines in 2024?

In 2024, the renewal fees for driver's licenses in the Philippines are as follows:

Student-Driver's Permit:

  • Application Fee: PHP 100.00
  • Permit Fee: PHP 150.00
  • Additional Penalty Fees:
      • Expired for one (1) day up to one (1) year: PHP 50.00
      • Expired for more than one (1) year up to two (2) years: PHP 100.00
      • Expired for more than two (2) years: PHP 150.00

Conductor's/Driver's License:

  • Application Fee: PHP 100.00
  • License Fee: PHP 585.00
  • Additional Penalty Fees:
      • Expired for one (1) day up to one (1) year: PHP 75.00
      • Expired for more than one (1) year up to two (2) years: PHP 150.00
      • Expired for more than two (2) years: PHP 225.00

  • For on-time renewal, only the license and one (1) computer fee need to be paid.
  • For licenses expired for one (1) day to two (2) years, only the license, penalty, and one (1) computer fee need to be paid.
  • Re-examinees need to pay the application, license, penalty, and two (2) computer fees.

Be aware that in case of any conflicts between the manual and the LTO Citizens Charter, the latter shall prevail.


Renewing your driver's license is an important responsibility that you should take seriously. To ensure a smooth and easy renewal process in the Philippines for 2024, you need to understand and follow the necessary requirements. You can opt to renew your license online by submitting the required documents through the LTMS portal, but you must still make a physical appearance at their office to submit the physical copies of your documents. 

You must complete all needed steps, pay the renewal fees, and take required examinations or driving tests. Remember that driving with an expired license can lead to legal troubles and put your safety at risk. Stay informed and keep your driver's license valid so you can drive legally and confidently on Philippine roads.  —iTacloban/AJ Yes/RDV

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  1. Where is the CDE? I registered and just went back to homepage

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