The Land Transportation Office (LTO) through its Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante has just announced that starting August 3, 2020, new applicants for driver’s licenses are now required to undergo a mandatory driving seminar course before they would be issued a student’s permit. This is made in accordance with Republic Act 10930 or the “Act Rationalizing and strengthening the policy regarding driver's license by extending the validity period of driver's licenses, and penalizing acts in violation of its issuance and application, amending for those purposes Section 23 of Republic Act 4136, as amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 398 and Executive Order No. 1011, otherwise known as the “Land Transportation and Traffic Code.”
As we ready for the nationwide activation of this new system, I have directed all concerned regional offices and district offices to be fully equipped and ready to accept electronically-transmitted certificates, which are the prerequisite in securing driver’s licenses before August 3.
Applicants for student permits are now required to undergo a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) which can be obtained from any of the LTO-accredited driving schools, authorized driving school instructors/administrators, and by LTO-Driver Education Centers (DECs) in LTO offices nationwide starting July 1, 2020.
For new driver’s license applicants, whether non-professional or professional drivers with student permits issued from August 3, 2020, onwards, they will also be required to secure a Practical Driving Course (PDC) certificate showing that they have completed 8 hours of hands-on driving training which can be obtained from any of the LTO-accredited driving schools.
Meanwhile, applicants for additional restriction codes (RC), like driving a semi-truck (18-wheeler) or motorcycles shall now be required to present the appropriate PDC completion certificate prior to the issuance of the additional RC.
This new measure is in response to the harsh criticisms that the LTO has received from the public for issuing driver’s licenses to clearly unqualified drivers that have been populating our roads. It should be noted that the LTO earlier advised that it will be temporarily suspending the regular Student Permit applications beginning July 1, 2020, as they slowly transition into this new system.