How to Be a TNVS Driver or Operator in the Philippines

Published: May 23, 2018 | Updated: March 19, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Lifestyle


How to Apply for TNVS Companies in the Philippines | MoneyMax.ph

Want to earn income from driving people around the city or using your car as a ride-hailing service? You can join as a driver or operator for one of the transport network vehicle service or TNVS companies in the Philippines.

Read on to learn how you can sign up for LTFRB-accredited TNVS companies such as Grab, GoLag, Hype, Micab, OWTO, and U-HOP.

What You Need to Know Before Joining TNVS Companies

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TNVS companies in the Philippines will accept your application only if you meet all these conditions:

  • You have a car. This one is obvious, but a lot of people are asking TNVS companies on social media if they can apply even without a car.
  • You’re included in the LTFRB’s audited master list of TNVS operators and drivers.
  • You have a valid permit from the LTFRB to operate as a TNVS driver or operator. The LTFRB issues two kinds of TNVS permits: the Provisional Authority (PA) valid for 45 days and the Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC)[1] valid for two years.

You can’t register and drive for any transport network company without the PA or CPC permit from the LTFRB. Otherwise, your car will be considered a colorum or an illegally operating vehicle. If your PA or CPC is already expired, you’ll have to renew it at the LTFRB Central Office in Quezon City.

Is this your first time to apply as a TNVS driver or operator? Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a little longer. As of this writing, the LTFRB doesn’t accept new applications for TNVS permit[2], as the government agency needs to process first the pending applications it received as of July 2017. The regulatory board said it would accept new TNVS permit applications only when the number of pending applications isn’t enough to meet demand.

Do you meet the above-mentioned requirements to drive or operate a TNVS? You can proceed with your registration for one of the ride-hailing companies in the Philippines.

How to Apply as a Grab Peer or Driver

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Because of the new LTFRB directives, Grab has temporarily stopped accommodating applications for accreditation or registration of new cars to its platform. However, former Uber drivers can transfer to Grab. To join Grab, you still need to register and undergo training.

On average, Grab takes two working days to process new driver applications. Once your Uber-to-Grab application is approved and your account is activated, you can start earning 80% of the fare, plus trip incentives and exclusive perks[3].

Step 1: Sign Up Online

Fill out the online driver sign-up form[4]. The applicant’s name, information, and documents should be that of the car owner. If you’re just borrowing or renting the car, you may apply for its owner as long as you have all his or her documents.

Step 2: Submit Your Documents

For faster processing, submit these requirements for verification on the Grab online sign-up form:

  • Official Receipt/Certificate of Registration (OR/CR)
  • PA, CPC, or LTFRB TNVS Application with stamped receiving copy and case number
  • Professional driver’s license or Official Receipt of LTO registration
  • Screenshot of Uber driver app or the actual app

All documents should be valid for at least 21 days before the expiration date.
If the car you’re applying with isn’t registered in your name, you’ll have to submit these additional documents:

  • Notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA) from the vehicle owner with the following details:
    – Vehicle owner’s name
    – Attorney-in-fact’s name
    – Car model
    – Car motor number
    – Chassis number
    – Plate number
  • Two photocopied valid government IDs with three specimen signature of the vehicle owner

Step 3: Attend the Training and Onboarding Program

After your documents have been verified and approved, Grab will send you an SMS. You’ll then schedule a slot online[5] for your training and verification at one of the Grab offices.

How to Apply as a Go Lag Driver or Operator

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Go Lag assures drivers of a decent take-home pay with its multi-tier incentive program with loyalty rewards.
The TNVS company accepts walk-in TNVS applicants (including former Uber drivers and operators) in its office at Block 66 Lot 18 & 19 San Jose Rodeo Drive, Laguna Bel-Air 2, Brgy. Don Jose, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. For now, it accepts applicants only from Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, and Metro Manila.

Go Lag has different application processes and requirements for drivers (including operators who drive their own cars) and operators (vehicle owners whose units will be driven by somebody else.)

Go Lag TNVS Driver Accreditation Steps

  1. Access the Go Lag website[6] and click on the registration form.
  2. Download and print the form. Fill out the form and attach your 2×2 ID photo.
  3. Bring the accomplished form to the Go Lag office in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
  4. Take a drug test exam, a medical exam, and a psychological exam.
  5. Submit the completed form along with these requirements:
    – One smartphone with a 5.1-inch screen and 16GB memory
    – Authenticated copy of OR/CR of all vehicles enrolled (must be registered under the operator’s name)
    NBI Clearance
    – Police Clearance
    – Barangay Certificate/Clearance
    – Google Map location of residence
    – Bio-data
    – Drug Test Certificate (showing no sign of drug use)
    – Psychological exam result
    – Photocopy of professional driver’s license
  6. Attend a scheduled Go Lag seminar and get a certificate of attendance.

Go Lag TNVS Operator Accreditation Steps

  1. Access the Go Lag website and click on the registration form.
  2. Download and print the form. Fill out the form and attach your 2×2 ID photo.
  3. Bring the accomplished form to the Go Lag office in Sta. Rosa, Laguna together with the following requirements:
    – Two smartphones with a 5.1-inch screen and 16GB memory (one phone for the vehicle owner and one for the driver)
    – NBI Clearance of operator
    – Police Clearance of operator
    – Bio-data of operator
    – Copy of the CPC requirements submitted to the LTFRB
    – Copy of all other requirements
  4. Attend a scheduled Go Lag seminar and get a certificate of attendance.
  5. Get Go Lag’s Accreditation Certificate.
  6. Submit the Accreditation Certificate and other CPC requirements to the LTFRB office.
  7. Wait for the LTFRB hearing.

How to Apply as a HYPE Driver or Operator

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Photo from HYPE Facebook page

A basic income of 80% to 95% of the fare can be earned with HYPE, depending on the driver’s performance. The more trips completed, the higher the driver’s or operator’s take-home earnings. HYPE drivers and operators can earn additional income from the digital advertising displays that HYPE will set up inside the vehicle. The income generated from the ads will be split between HYPE and its partners.

As with all other LTFRB-accredited TNVS companies in the Philippines, HYPE accepts only applicants with a PA or CPC. But if the LTFRB has not released yours yet, you can join and drive with HYPE as long as you are on the LTFRB’s master list and have a PA or CPC number.

HYPE TNVS Application Requirements

All documents must be valid for at least three months before the expiration date.

HYPE vehicle requirements:

  • Taxi, sedan, SUV, or AUV not more than seven years from release date (Other vehicle types are subject to approval.)
  • Registration Number ID
  • Pictures of the vehicle (front, rear, left side, right side, dashboard, and back seat)
  • Car insurance coverage (If you don’t have a policy yet, you can find affordable car insurance options here.)

HYPE driver requirements:

  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Professional driver’s license
  • Medical Certificate (for applicants aged 60 and above)

HYPE operator requirements:

  • One valid government ID
  • TIN ID
  • Scanned copy of PA or CPC

HYPE TNVS Registration Steps

Interested TNVS applicants may register online via the HYPE website. Just fill out the online form and attach all requirements. Wait for an acknowledgment email from HYPE.

HYPE also accepts walk-in applications. Just bring all your documents to the TNVS company’s office at Unit 337, 3rd Floor, Shaw I.T. Center (Shaw Mall), Shaw Blvd. corner F. Martinez St., Mandaluyong City.

The transport network company also requires all prospective TNVS drivers and operators to undergo the Drivers/Operators Training. HYPE holds sessions from Mondays to Fridays in the morning (8am to 11am) and afternoon (12pm to 5pm). You can reserve a slot through the online training scheduler.

How to Apply as a Micab Partner

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Photo from Micab Facebook page

Like HYPE, Micab will have in-vehicle ad displays (with an Android tablet mounted on the dashboard) that allow taxi partners to earn 10% from the ad revenues, which is around PHP 10,000 per taxi unit every month.

Micab registration is available to top-tier taxi operators or taxi fleet companies in the Philippines. It also follows a strict accreditation process for taxi drivers, providing them training until they learn how to navigate the taxi-hailing app. Some driver-applicants aren’t accepted because of difficulty managing the platform or requirement issues.

To start applying for Micab, fill out the online registration form[7]. Micab will then contact you for the next steps of your application. For more information, call +63 32 383 1957 or send an email to info@micab.co.

How to Apply as an OWTO Partner

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Photo from OWTO Facebook page

The TNVS company accepts applicants with a valid PA or CPC, those with a scheduled PA/CPC hearing from the LTFRB, and those on the LTFRB master list.

Once your registration has been completed and approved, you can start driving with OWTO and earn 85% of the fare. Since OWTO takes only 15% commission from the fare, drivers can earn more while working less compared to Grab drivers. Drivers also receive safety assistance, accident insurance, and other benefits.

OWTO TNVS Application Requirements

OWTO vehicle requirements:

  • Sedan, SUV, or AUV (hatchbacks are allowed as long as they meet LTFRB’s conditions)
  • Seating capacity must not exceed seven
  • Air-conditioned unit
  • Three years or newer (from manufacturing date)
  • Must always have proper tools inside the vehicle
  • OR/CR must be on-hand
  • CTPL (Compulsory Third Party Liability) and comprehensive car insurance coverage

OWTO driver requirements:

  • At least 21 years old with a valid professional driver’s license
  • A valid CPC or PA from LTFRB
  • One iPhone or Android smartphone
  • A valid mobile number and an email address
  • Partner’s Orientation Program and Partner Safety Training Program attendance

OWTO Registration Procedure

Registration can be done online or personally at the OWTO office. To sign up online, go to the OWTO Partners page[8] and fill out the required details. Your schedule for the Onboarding Program will be sent to you within 24 to 48 business hours.

If you prefer walk-in application, you can submit all your documents to the OWTO office at Room 6, 9th floor, The One Executive Building, 5 West Ave., Nayong Kanluran, Quezon City.

Information Submission for Applicants Without PA/CPC

Although new or first-time applicants without a PA or CPC cannot apply for any TNVS companies in the Philippines yet, those interested can already send their information to OWTO. This new TNVS company will update those who signed up online (on a first-come-first-served basis) once LTFRB opens new slots for CPC application.

Simply fill out the OWTO Info Submission Page[9]. OWTO will check your submitted info and send you an SMS or email regarding the next steps to take.

How to Apply as a U-HOP Driver or Operator

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Unlike other TNVS companies in the Philippines, U-HOP doesn’t charge commissions from its partners in Metro Manila. In Cebu, it charges a 10% to 15% commission. This means U-HOP drivers in Metro Manila can keep 100% of the fare, and those in Cebu can earn 85% to 90% of the fare.

U-HOP TNVS Application Requirements

  • OR/CR
  • Car insurance policy
  • Passenger insurance policy
  • Valid ID (or any proof of citizenship)
  • DTI Registration
  • BIR Registration or Income Tax Return
  • Location map of the garage or the operator’s address

U-HOP TNVS Application Procedure

Operators and drivers with recent trips with other TNVS companies may join U-HOP through any of the following:

  • Online registration at the U-HOP website
  • U-HOP Driver App registration using an Android or iOS device
  • Walk-in application at the U-HOP office at 1105 East Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Bldg., Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Final Thoughts

As you’ve seen or heard in the news lately, the LTFRB is very strict with the compliance of TNVS companies to the regulatory board’s franchising rules. This is why it’s much harder to apply as a TNVS driver or operator now than it was three years ago.

The TNVS application steps and requirements discussed above may change over time. Make sure to follow the social media accounts of the TNVS companies you want to apply for to keep yourself updated on any new rules for TNVS driver or operator application.

Have you tried signing up for Grab, Go Lag, HYPE, Micab, or OWTO? Let’s help our fellow kababayans make their TNVS application easier. Share your experience and tips by leaving a comment below.
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