Many Filipinos believe that the right age to get a license is at 18 years old. In fact, they believe that the legality of the youth here in the country is at 18. But did you know that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) said that 17-year-olds are allowed to get non-pro licenses?
Contrary to popular belief, not only 18-year-olds have the chance to get a non-professional driver’s license.
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Yes, even if you’re 17, you will be able to get a non-pro license; given of course that you’ll still undergo the regular application on how you can get one.
In this article, we will teach you how 17-year-olds can apply for a non-professional driver’s license. Don’t fret – it really is not that complicated. It’s just the same process as how regular 18-year-olds and above people get their licenses.
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How can 17-year-olds get a non-professional license?
As per the LTO, 17-year-olds are already eligible to apply for a non-professional driver’s license. Given the fact that even the 17-year-olds will be able to have the following requirements:
- Application For Driver’s License (ADL) Form
- Electronically transmitted medical certificate in the LTO prescribed form issued by the LTO accredited clinic.
- The student permit issued at least thirty (30) days or one (1) month prior to application.
- Must be at least 17 years old at the time and date of the application
- Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if employed
- Two (2) valid IDs
Here’s the procedure on how interested people can apply for a non-professional’s driver’s license:
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- Request for the ADL or the Application for Driver’s License Form. You can download that and fill that out beforehand.
- Get a queue number from the counter where you will be given the checklist of requirements.
- Submit the accomplished ADL form together with all requirements with the queue number. The person on the window will then evaluate the requirements and authenticity of your documents.
- Proceed to the cashier for the payment of the fee – you’ll then be given the Official Receipt (OR).
- After paying, you’ll be then scheduled to take the written examination.
- You’ll then be scheduled for the actual driving test and will have an officer examine and evaluate your driving skills – you’ll be informed with the results.
- After the test, should you pass, you’ll be given the option to pay to the cashier for the fees;
- You’ll then be sent to the biometrics and the encoding window where you’ll need to accomplish the form for the encoding of the complete details in the LTO System
- You’ll sign the log sheet to signify your visit and the completion of the application; you’ll also receive the Official Receipt (OR) and the Driver’s License (DL) Card.
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Did you know that 16-year-olds can apply for a student’s permit too?
Yes, 17-year-olds are allowed to apply for a non-professional driver’s license; and after the update of the student’s permit being available for one (1) year, 16-year-olds are already eligible to apply for the student’s permit.
The procedure is actually simple; you just need to bring all of the required documents and the money for you to be able to settle the fee for the student’s permit.
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- Proceed to the nearest LTO Office; make sure that the LTO office accepts applications for student’s permits.
- You’ll receive a checklist of requirements at the Customer Service Counter with the Driver’s License Application Form **we had that pasted up top, e sure to check!
- When they call on your number, proceed to the counter and submit all of the documentary requirements that you’re able to see on the checklist.
- You would have to wait for your name to be called; when they do, you need to proceed to the booth where your photo and your specimen will be taken.
- You’d need to settle the fees at the cashier for you to receive your Official Receipt (OR)
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Have you ever wanted to apply for a driver’s license? Haven’t you ever thought that you’ll be able to apply for one even if you’re just 17 years old?
Yes, even if a person’s not yet 18 years old, they can apply for a non-professional (non-pro) driver’s license. They should just have the requirements needed by the LTO.
Where can people apply for a driver’s license?
You’ll be able to apply for a student’s permit or a non-professional driver’s in any LTO Licensing Centers and any Authorized LTO District or Extension Offices.
What are you waiting for? Do you have all the requirements you need to apply for either a student’s permit or a non-professional driver’s license?
Source/s: Land Transportation Office (LTO) Official Website
The confusion comes from the tagalog questionnaire where it is stated that 18 years of age is required if you’re getting a non pro license