How to get LTO Student Permit 2023 and Requirements

LTO Student Permit
LTO Student Permit

Are you ready to take your first step toward becoming a licensed driver in the Philippines? Obtaining a student permit from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is an essential requirement to kickstart your driving journey. In this article, we will guide you through the process of obtaining an LTO student permit in 2023, along with the necessary requirements. So, let’s get started!


What is an LTO Student Permit?

An LTO student permit is a document that allows individuals to learn and practice driving under the supervision of a licensed driver. It serves as a precursor to obtaining a driver’s license and provides beginners with the opportunity to gain practical driving experience while adhering to specific restrictions and guidelines.

Three types of Drivers License

  • Student Permit
  • Non-Professional, and 
  • Professional

Firstly, if you are a new driver and planning to get a license the first time then you need to get a Student’s permit first.

You can apply for a Non-Professional driver’s license one month after acquiring a Student Permit.

And you need to have a Non-Professional driver’s license for six months in order to be eligible for a Professional driver’s license.

Therefore it is divided into three stages depending on your driving skills.



  • For Filipino citizens at least sixteen (16) years old. Foreign citizens at 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.

NOTE: For foreign applicants residing in NCR, Student Permits (SP) can ONLY be applied at the LTO Central Office License Section in East Avenue, Quezon City.

  • Must be physically and mentally fit to drive.
  • Must be able to read and write in Filipino, English, or any major dialect.
  • Must have completed and passed the fifteen (15) hours Theoretical Driving Course (TDC)
  • Must not have an unsettled traffic violation.
  • Must have an active personal e-mail address.

If you are confident that you are qualified, then you can start to prepare your requirements.

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LTO Student Permit Requirements 2023

The following are the requirements for student permit LTO 2022:

  • Duly accomplished Application for Permits and Licenses(APL) – Land Transportation Office form.
  • Presentation of original and submission of one (1) photocopy of Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) Certificate (electronically transmitted by the LTO Driver’s Education Center, LTO accredited – LTO accredited TESDA Driving School/LTO accredited TESDA Training Center),
  • Presentation of original and submission of one (1) photocopy of Birth Certificate duly authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Passport National ID (PhylSys ID) and PSA certificate of Marriage for married women.
  • For applicants below eighteen (18) years old, the parent’s consent or consent of a person having custody/care or supervision over the minor applicant authorizing the applicant to secure a Student Permit with the presentation of one (1) original and submission of one (1) photocopy of any valid Government issued ID of the parent/affiant with photo and signature.
  • Presentation of the original and submission of one (1) photocopy -of the Medical Certificate (electronically transmitted to the LTO by the LTO-accredited medical clinic).
  • For foreigners, presentation of the original and submission of one (1) photocopy of a valid passport with an entry date of at least one (1) month and visa duration of at least six (6) months from the 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 Philippines Statistics Authority(PSA).
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if employed.
  • Presentation of original and submission of one (1) photocopy of any issued ID with photo and signature of the applicant.

How to apply for a student permit?

Go to any LTO branches.

Submit all the documentary requirements to the receiving personnel.

  • Receiving personnel shall check only the completeness of the documents required and transmit the same to an evaluator.
  • The Evaluator shall evaluate your qualifications and, if qualified, encode the application in the system.
  • After encoding, the application shall be approved by the Approving Officer.
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Upon approval, they will take your photo and signature.

Afterward, you will be required to pay the fees to the Cashier.

Application Fee100.00
Computer Fee 67.63
Student Permit Fee150.00

The Student Permit (SP) with the Official Receipt will be released to you. You are required to write your name and affix your signature to the release form.

A reviewer containing all possible questions in the examinations for issuance of an NPDL, PDL, and Conductor’s License shall be given to the applicant together with SP Card.

Things to remember

A student permit expires after one year from the issue date.

You can only drive in the presence of a qualified licensed driver. If you are caught violating, you will be fined P500.

Apply for a non-professional License before your student’s permit expires. LTO is not accepting an expired permit.

  • The SP shall be valid for one (1) year from the date of its issuance. After one (1) year, it cannot be used for purposes of the practical driving course. However, it can be used to apply for an NPDL if the practical driving course has been completed within the one (1) year validity period.
  • After two (2) years from the date of issuance of the SP, the holder shall be required to acquire a new SP bearing the same SP number and undergo the required apprenticeship period reckoned from the date of issuance of the new SP. All records of training courses shall be retained.
  • SP may be renewed on or before the expiry date if the holder is not ready to apply for an NPDL Except for the settlement of penalties due to traffic violations, only the basic fee shall be collected for the renewal of SP after the expiry date.

Renewal of Student Driver’s Permit: Requirements and Procedure

To renew your Student Driver’s Permit, you need to fulfill specific requirements and follow a straightforward procedure. Here are the necessary steps to ensure a smooth renewal process:

  1. Accomplish the Application for Permits and License (APL) e-Form: Fill out the APL e-Form accurately and completely. This form serves as your application for permit renewal.
  2. Present your Student Driver’s Permit: Bring your original Student Driver’s Permit for verification purposes.
  3. Submit the Electronically Transmitted Medical Certificate: Obtain a medical certificate from an LTO-accredited medical clinic. The clinic will electronically transmit the certificate to the LTO. Keep one photocopy of the medical certificate for submission, and present the original certificate during the renewal process.
  4. Provide the Certificate of Completion of the 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course (for permits issued before August 3, 2020): If you hold a Student Permit issued before August 3, 2020, present the original Certificate of Completion of the 15-hour Theoretical Driving Course. Submit one photocopy of the certificate. The certificate should be electronically transmitted to the LTO by the accredited driving school, LTO DEC, or LTO Accredited TESDA Training Center.
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Obtaining an LTO student permit in 2023 is the first crucial step toward becoming a licensed driver in the Philippines. By following the outlined requirements and adhering to the application process, you can ensure a smooth and successful application.

Remember, a student permit allows you to gain driving experience while under supervision, so make the most of this opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge on the road. Drive safely and responsibly, and soon enough, you’ll be ready to take the next step and obtain your full

Also Read: Guide on how to register for the LTMS account here.

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