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Driver’s License Renewal Requirements and Process in 2023

Venus Zoleta

Venus Zoleta

Last updated October 18, 2023

Renewing one's license is a priority for every motorist. If you hit the road with an expired license, you'll be issued a ticket for such a traffic violation and required to pay a fine.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has implemented major changes to make driver’s license renewal in the Philippines more efficient. For instance, the LTO now issues licenses with a 10-year validity, which means fewer trips to the LTO office for your license renewal.

Also, the processing time now takes only around 15 minutes, according to the LTO. Because of this, you aren't likely to endure a long waiting time at the LTO office to renew your driver's license.

Here are some of the things you need to know about driver’s license renewal in the Philippines.  

Who is Eligible for the License With 10-Year Validity?

drivers license renewal - 10-year validity eligibility

Under Republic Act 10930, driver’s license holders without recorded traffic violations will be granted licenses valid for 10 years. On the other hand, drivers with recorded traffic violations will be issued licenses with only a five-year validity.

Regardless of the driver’s license validity, every applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements for renewal:

  • Holder of a non-professional, professional, or conductor’s license that is not expired for more than two years
  • Leaving the country soon and holder of a non-professional, professional, or conductor’s license which is due for renewal within one year

Applicants with a delinquent driver’s license must be physically and mentally fit to drive a motor vehicle. They must also pass the written and practical examinations.

What are the Driver’s License Renewal Requirements?

driver's license renewal requirements

📌 License Renewal Requirements for Local Applicants

  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Original and photocopy of government-issued ID that bears your picture and signature
  • Original driver’s license
  • Copy of the medical examination certificate (only electronically transmitted to the LTO by an accredited clinic)
  • Passed Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) Certificate[1]

📌 License Renewal Requirements for Local Applicants With an Expired License for Over 2 Years 

  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Copy of the medical examination certificate (only electronically transmitted to the LTO by an accredited clinic)
  • Original expired driver’s/conductor’s license

📌 License Renewal Requirements for OFWs

  • Duly accomplished application form
  • Photocopy of passport covering the following areas: first page, visa page, and departure in the Philippines and latest arrival overseas
  • Within 30 days of arrival at the office where the renewal was made, the applicant has to provide the following:
    • Copy of the medical examination certificate (only electronically transmitted to the LTO by an accredited clinic)
    • Photocopy of passport (first and arrival pages)
    • Original manual Official Receipt (OR)

How to Renew Your Driver’s License in the Philippines in 2023

Generally, there are two ways you can renew your driver’s license: via a physical LTO office or online. But if you’re an OFW or have a delinquent driver’s license, you’ll have to follow a different set of steps.

👉 Walk-In Application Steps for Driver’s License Renewal

driver's license renewal - lto driver's license renewal office
  1. Make sure you have an account on the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) portal. Otherwise, sign up here.[2]
  2. Take the CDE Online Validation Exam on the LTMS Portal. To access the online exam, log in to the portal, click the E-Learning tab on the top menu, and then select CDE Online Validation Exam.
  3. If you get a passing score (at least 20 correct answers out of 25 questions), print out your CDE certificate.
  4. Visit the nearest LTO branch. Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called.
  5. Once you're called, show your driver’s license ID and CDE certificate to the person in charge or LTO officer in the first window. You’ll receive a document for the next step, which is the medical exam.
  6. Go to the medical exam kiosk, show the paper to the officer in charge, and wait for your turn.
  7. Return to the LTO officer desk for the processing of your renewal together with your medical results.
  8. At the front desk, the officer will require you to log in on the LTMS Portal using the public computer to verify your details. Update any information as needed. Don’t click Remember Username as your account might still be logged in by the time the next applicant uses the computer. Once you finish verifying your information with the officer, click the Log Out button.
  9. Wait for your turn for your biometrics and headshot picture-taking. You may choose to retain your current photo as well.
  10. Wait for the release of your driver's license card.

👉 How to Book an Online Appointment for LTO Driver’s License Renewal Application

  1. Log in to your LTMS account.
  2. Take the CDE Online Validation Exam on the LTMS Portal. To access the online exam, click the E-Learning tab on the top menu, and then select CDE Online Validation Exam.
  3. If you get a passing score (at least 20 correct answers out of 25 questions), download your CDE certificate.
  4. On your LTMS dashboard, click Licensing.
  5. Read through the LTMS Terms of Use. Once you’re done, click Accept.
  6. You’ll be directed to the online application form. Choose Driver’s License for License Classification.
  7. Click Add Medical Certificate. Input your Medical Certificate Number. You'll also have to upload a copy of your CDE certificate.
  8. Click Verify. Select Renewal for the type of application.
  9. Click the Next button. On the next page, select your desired appointment schedule and LTO branch.  
  10. Pay the renewal fees via your chosen payment channel.
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👉 Driver’s License Renewal Steps for OFWs  

  1. Have your authorized representative go to the nearest LTO branch. They’ll then get a queue number and wait for their number to be called.
  2. Once the authorized representative is called, they will submit all the requirements.
  3. The authorized representative then proceeds to the cashier to pay the fees.
  4. The authorized representative will then receive the official receipt that will serve as the temporary driver’s license.
  5. Within 30 days of your return to the Philippines, submit all the remaining requirements, which include the online medical certificate, photocopy of your passport, and the original receipt.
  6. Have your photo and biometrics taken.
  7. Get your Driver’s License card.

👉 License Renewal Steps for Applicants with a Delinquent Driver’s License

  1. Head to your preferred LTO branch. Get your queue number and wait to be called.
  2. Once called, submit all the requirements.
  3. Proceed to the cashier to pay the fees.
  4. Take the written examination. If you pass, you’ll proceed to the actual driving test. But if you fail, you’ll receive a computer-generated letter, prompting you to come back the following day at your convenience.
  5. Take the actual driving test. If you pass, you’ll be asked to complete the rest of the steps.
  6. Proceed to the cashier to pay the required fees.
  7. Proceed to the biometric/encoding window. Fill out the form for the encoding of your complete details in the LTO-IT system.
  8. Get your official receipt and Driver’s License card.

How Much is the Driver’s License Renewal Fee?

The LTO fees you’ll need to pay will depend on the type of license to be renewed and the type of applicant you are. If your license is up for renewal and you want to know how much you'll pay, simply check your latest official receipt (OR) that shows the amount you paid for your license application or renewal.

You may also check the lists of driver’s license renewal fees in the Philippines below.

💸 Driver’s License Renewal Fees for Local Applicants

Type of Fee Regular Fee License Expired for 1 Day to 1 Year License Expired for More Than 1 Year to 2 Years License Expired for More Than 2 Years
License fee ₱585 ₱585 ₱585 ₱585
Penalty None ₱75 ₱150 ₱225
Computer fee ₱67.63 ₱67.63 ₱67.63 ₱135.26
Application fee None None None ₱100
Total ₱652.63 ₱727.63 ₱802.63 ₱1,045.26

💸 Driver’s License Renewal Fees for OFWs

Type of Fee Regular Fee License Expired for 1 Day to 1 Year License Expired for More Than 1 Year to 2 Years License Expired for More Than 2 Years
License fee ₱585 ₱585 ₱585 ₱585
Penalty None ₱75 ₱150 ₱225
Application fee ₱100 ₱100 ₱100 ₱100
Computer fee ₱67.63 ₱67.63 ₱67.63 ₱67.63
Total ₱752.63 ₱827.63 ₱902.63 ₱977.63

FAQs on Driver's License Renewal in the Philippines

1. Where can I renew my driver's license?

The processing of driver’s license renewal applications is available at any of the following offices:

  • LTO Central Office (License Section)
  • LTO Licensing Centers
  • Authorized District Offices or Extension Offices

Read more: Drivers’ Directory: Complete List of LTO Branches in Metro Manila

2. Can I apply for a driver's license renewal online?

No. The LTO has not implemented an online system for license renewal processing yet, as of this writing. You need to visit an LTO office in person to renew your license.

However, the government agency is working on transitioning digitally so that all transactions such as license applications can be done on the LTO’s online portal.[3] 

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3. Is a medical exam no longer mandatory for license renewal?

A medical certificate is still a requirement for driver's license renewal in the Philippines. That means you need to take the medical exam within 60 days prior to or on the day of your license renewal.

What the LTO no longer requires are the additional periodic medical exams every fourth and seventh year for licenses with 10-year validity, and every third year for those with a five-year validity.

driver's license renewal - medical exam

4. My driver's license expired in 2023. Can I still use it?

The LTO has extended the validity of licenses that expired on April 1 to September 30, 2023 (and have not been renewed due to the shortage of plastic cards) until the scheduled renewal date based on the license's expiry date.[4]

This means your license is still valid—and you can use it—until your renewal schedule. If your license expiration date falls from April 1 to September 30, 2023, make sure to renew it on the schedule set by the LTO.

drivers license renewal - 2023 renewal schedule

Note: The LTO has resumed issuing plastic cards to expired and paper-based license holders since October 6, 2023. It also expects to cover the backlogs by March 2024.

📅 LTO Driver's License Renewal Schedule in 2023 to 2024

Driver's License Expiry Date Renewal Schedule
April 1 to 30, 2023 October 6 to 31, 2023
May 1 to 31, 2023 November 1 to 30, 2023
June 1 to 30, 2023 December 1 to 31, 2023
July 1 to 31, 2023 January 1 to 31, 2024
August 1 to 31, 2023 February 1 to 29, 2024
September 1 to 30, 2023 March 1 to 31, 2024


5. What will happen if I don't renew my driver's license?

According to the LTO, failure to renew your driver’s license beyond the scheduled renewal date will be deemed automatically expired. If you're caught driving with an expired license, you'll be required to pay a penalty of ₱3,000.

6. I have just recently renewed my license and received only a paper-printed version. What should I do?

Simply go back to the LTO licensing office that processed your renewal and present the official receipt of your payment. You should be issued the plastic version of your driver's license.

7. I lost my driver's license. What should I do?

Apply for a duplicate license at the nearest LTO licensing center, authorized district/extension office, or the Central Office License Section. The duplicate license card will be the replacement for your lost license.

Bring the following requirements for your duplicate license application:

  • Affidavit of Loss
  • Accomplished Application for Driver's License (ADL) form
  • Original copy and photocopy of any valid government-issued ID with your photo and signature

The duplicate driver's license fee is ₱355. If you request an update of your records as well, you'll have to pay ₱455.

6 Tips to Make Your Driver’s License Renewal Safer and Faster

If you want to fast-track your driver’s license renewal, you may keep the following in mind. Some of these tips will also help you stay safe while you’re outdoors.

✔️ Avoid Peak Hours

The license renewal process could take about an hour or more if you come during peak hours. It’s best to line up before the opening hours to avoid the crowd.

If you’re a senior citizen, PWD, or pregnant woman, take advantage of the special or priority lane to make your renewal processing faster.

✔️ Settle Past Traffic Violations

driver's license renewal - how to check violations

Before you head to an LTO branch for your driver’s license renewal, see to it that all your traffic violations have been settled. Pay all your fines ahead of time. Settling the fees on the day of your renewal will just delay the entire process.

To check your unsettled violations online, log in to your account at the LTO online portal. Then click the Violations icon. You'll see your demerit points and unsettled apprehensions. If the system shows 0 Points and NO UNSETTLED APPREHENSIONS FOUND, congratulations! That means you're qualified for the 10-year driver's license validity.

✔️ Double-Check Your Documents

If you’re a walk-in applicant, fill out your application form in advance. That way, you can save time and move on to the next step of your renewal. After filling out your form, double-check the details. Any inconsistencies and inaccuracies will delay your application.

✔️ Schedule Your Medical Exam in Advance

A medical certificate is one of the driver’s license renewal requirements. Typically, driver's license applicants get a medical certificate when they undergo a medical examination on the day of their license renewal.

To avoid standing in a long line, schedule your medical exam in advance. A few days before your appointment date, undergo a medical check-up at an LTO-accredited clinic. Getting a medical certificate for your driver's license renewal in the Philippines will cost you ₱500.

✔️ Bring Some Snacks and Water

You’ll never know how long the queue will be. Moreover, you don’t have any idea of how long each renewal step will take. Be prepared by bringing snacks and refreshments with you. A bottle of water and some crackers will suffice.

✔️ Avoid Fixers at All Costs

The whole driver’s renewal process may be quite tedious, but that’s no excuse to get a fixer. Working with a fixer isn’t just an added cost—it’s one way of encouraging and perpetuating corruption. You also run the risk of facing legal repercussions in case you get caught.

Final Thoughts

While the LTO has implemented some improvements in the driver's license renewal process in the Philippines, you must still manage your expectations and plan things well. You might just get your hands on your new driver’s license sooner than expected.

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Venus has almost 20 years of combined experience in content marketing, SEO, corporate communications, and public relations. Most of her career was spent creating informative articles on personal finance and digital marketing. She also invests in stocks, mutual funds, VUL, and Pag-IBIG MP2. Venus graduated cum laude with a Journalism degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. A hardcore Hallyu Tita, she loves bingeing Korean shows on Netflix while bonding with her cats. Follow Venus on LinkedIn.


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