How to Get an LTO Student Permit License in 2024 (Requirements)

Step-by-step guide how to get an LTO student permit in the Philippines in 2024. If you are applying for an LTO student permit or license, the complete requirements you need to submit are listed on this page.

This article applies to Filipino citizens and foreigners who want to register a student’s driver’s license in the Philippines.

As usual, my tip is whenever you go to any government office or agency, avoid Mondays and the tenth day of each month as they are usually crowded. Arrive as early as 7 a.m.

When we applied for our driver’s license, we came to the LTO center before 7 a.m. Guess what. There was already a long queue of applicants. Make sure you bring any food to grab a bite and bottled water because you never know when hunger strikes.

What is an LTO Student Permit?

LTO student permit is an authority granted by the Land Transportation Office to a person who desires to learn to operate a motor vehicle. The student-driver must be accompanied by a duly licensed driver, as his driving instructor, possessing the appropriate license code for the desired type of motor vehicle.

LTO student permit license requirements 2024

LTO Student Permit Qualifications

To apply for an LTO student permit and license, you must meet the following qualifications.

  • Filipino citizens applicants must be at least (16) years old
  • Foreign citizens must be at least (18) years old and must have been in the Philippines for at least (1) month and must have a proof of stay for at least (6) months
  • Must be physically and mentally fit to operate and drive a motor vehicle
  • Must be able to read and write in Filipino or English or the applicable local dialect
  • Must not have unsettled traffic violation
  • Applicant must have completed a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course

If you meet the qualifications above, the next step is to gather the following documents for your LTO student permit license requirements. You can get a medical certificate at any licensed clinic or medical center near the Land Transportation Office, as they are usually located nearby.

What are the requirements in getting an LTO Student Permit in 2024?

  • Certificate of Passing the Written Theoretical Examination (after attending a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Seminar)
  • Filipino Driver’s Manual
  • Duly accomplished Application form for Driver’s License (download LTO student permit form)
  • Original and photocopy of authenticated PSA Birth Certificate or valid passport
  • PSA Marriage Certificate (for married women)
  • If below eighteen (18) years of age, original copy of parental/guardian’s consent with original and photocopy of one (1) valid government issued ID containing the signature of the consenting parent/guardian
  • Presentation of original and submission of 1 photocopy of valid ID with photo and signature of the applicant
  • Medical Certificate issued by any LTO accredited medical clinic stating that the applicant is physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise stating his/her impairment
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) if the applicant is employed
  • In addition, for foreigners, original and photocopy of passport with entry date of at least one (1) month and visa duration of at least one (6) months from date of application, or if born in the Philippines, present original and photocopy of birth certificate duly authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

As mentioned, the list of required documents are applicable for both Filipinos and foreigners. The Theoretical Driving course of Completion shall be auto-uploaded in the Driver’s License System (DLS).

How to Get an LTO Student Permit License in the Philippines?

Step 1: Attend a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course

New applicants for an LTO driver’s license must attend and complete a 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course at any LTO Driver’s Education Center or any LTO accredited driving school. The seminar is free at LTO but costs around 1,500 to 2,000 when done in an accredited driving school.

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Step 2: Pass the written Theoretical Driving Examination

After the completion of the Theoretical Driving Course, the applicant must pass the written Theoretical Driving Exam. The exam for a driver’s license will be according to the driver’s license classification, code, and vehicle description that the applicant wants to operate.

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Step 3: Request a queue number at the LTO reception

You will receive a queue number at reception for your application. Check your documents while waiting for your turn.

Step 4: Fill out your Application for LTO Student Permit

Fill out and sign your application form and attach your certificate of passing the theoretical exam, original and photocopy of your PSA birth certificate, medical certificate, valid ID, or any other supporting documents requested by the LTO (see the list of documents above).

Step 5: Submit your documents to the LTO staff

When your name is called, submit your accomplished application form and your documents to the LTO staff in an assigned window. The LTO staff will then check your records and evaluate them. The staff will also encode your details in the LTO system upon approval of the officer.

Step 6: Read and understand the Driver’s Road Safety Pledge

All drivers must read and understand the driver’s manual relating to road safety and driving responsibly.

Step 7: Have your photo and fingerprints captured

Wait for your queue number to be called on the next window for your photo, fingerprints, and signature capture.

Step 8: Pay the processing fees

Go to the cashier window and pay the necessary fees. Keep your official receipt and go to the releasing section for your driver’s license.

Step 9: Receive your LTO Student Permit

A Student Permit Card with the Official Receipt shall be released to the applicant. You must write your name and affix your signature to the appropriate Release Form. In most cases, the issuance date of the LTO student license will also be stamped on the release form.

How much is the LTO student permit?

How much is the cost of getting a student driver’s license in the Philippines? The breakdown of expenses are listed below:

  • P317 Application Fee for New LTO Student Permit
  • P480 Medical Certificate
  • P0 Theoretical Driving Course (free at LTO Driver’s Education Center)

If you had your TDC (Theoretical Driving Course) from LTO’s accredited driving schools, you will add extra costs of 1,700 t0 2,000 pesos. Thus your student permit will cost:

  • P1,500 TDC (Theoretical Driving Course) from driving centers accredited by LTO
  • P200 TDC Certificate
  • P2,497 Total Cost of LTO Student Permit when you get your TDC outside LTO

FAQ About LTO Student Permit:

How long is the validity of an LTO student permit?

According to LTO, the student permit is valid for 1 year from the date of issuance. After 1 year, it cannot be used for practical driving course purposes. But it can be used to apply for a non-professional driver’s license if the practical driving course has been completed within 1 year validity period.

Can I apply for an LTO student permit online?

Application for a student permit must be processed personally at the Land Transportation Office after the applicant has completed a theoretical driving course or passed a theoretical driving exam. The applicant must also undergo a photo, signature, and fingerprints scan.

How to renew my LTO student permit?

An LTO student permit can be renewed on or before the expiry date if the holder is not yet ready to apply for a non-professional driver’s license. The requirements for the renewal of LTO student permit are:

  • Application for Permit and License (APL) e-Form
  • LTO Student Driver’s Permit
  • Medical Certificate (1 photocopy and 1 original)
  • Certificate of Completion of the 15-hour TDC (Theoretical Driving course)

That’s it. The procedure is simple, yet I suggest allotting a day to apply for your student permit and license because most LTO offices have long lines of applicants every day. Do not forget for your LTO student license renewal. Good luck!

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57 thoughts on “How to Get an LTO Student Permit License in 2024 (Requirements)”

  1. Sa ibang branch ng LTO Nag apply.PWEDE BA KUNIN SA IBA BRANCH ANG Student Permit dahil na assign sa malayong lugar??? PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION.

  2. hi ask ko lng kumuha ako ng student permit sa lto main kinwestyon nila ung birth certificate k dahil walang apelyido ng papa k kumbaga first name and middle lng nsa birth certifcate..ano po bng pwding gawin or ibang requirements pra mkakuha ng student permit thx..

  3. Hi po!

    I need student permit in card form for DFA (passport) as a valid ID. How many days it usually takes to get orange student permit card after apply and appearance in LTO. I apply in island province LTO. Is it same day i get a permit in paper, but how long need to wait for card?

    Please answer, thank you po!

  4. Pwede po ba gamitin yung passport id kesa sa PSA birthcertificate for student ? NSO lng po kasi meron ako thanks

  5. Nag-iissue pa po ba kayo ng Student Card? Kasi sabi po kasi sakin sa LTO SM North hindi na daw po. Kailangan ko po kasi sa DFA. Thank you.

  6. Thanks for the info. Ask ko lang kung kasama na sa P317.63 ung medical? If not meron ba dun malapit at magkano? Maraming salamat

  7. lalaki po ako. problema ko pagkuha ng sp eh wala pa akong birth certificate sa PSA. Meron lang ako Marriage certificate. Pwede ba gamitin marriage certificate instead of birth certificate?

    • may i ask if resident alien na ipinanganak dito sa pinas pwede na ba yun birth certificate lang ang document na dala or student permit?

  8. Hi! Is the student permit really in card format/form? Kasi dati mga year 2015, kumuha yung Ate ko ng student permit pero hindi sya in card form. Parang papel lang na kasing-laki ng 1/2 bondpaper.

    • Sa medical exam sabi ng LTO Danao branch effective Jan.14,2019 dapat online na daw ang medical nila,lahat po ba branch na LTO Philippines ganito den ba ang sistema nila kasi nagpamedical ako Jan.03,2019 den bumalik ako Jan 17 hindi na nila tinanggap ang medical ko..

    • Ask ko lng po kc ung name ko sa PSA may correction..gusto ko sana kumuha ng student license..pwdi ko po ba ipresent ung PSA ko kahit may mali sa name ko..

  9. Hello po ask ko lang po if may fee po ba kapag kukuha na ng student’s license? at magkano po kung sakaling meron?

  10. Hi. I am married already but I do not have any id with my married name. okay na po ba ung psa certified birth cert and married cert plus med cert as requirements?

  11. Hi guys. Does it really need to be a PSA. I haveine kasi na kinuha ko last 2014 nso sya orig copy i accept pa kaya nila

    • Hi 🙂 There are some LTO centers that issue the card on the same day pero on some provinces, receipt muna (which can be used as a temporary permit), to follow pa din ang license card.


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