Are you planning to renew your license? As specified by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), before a renewal application can be processed, all drivers who want to renew their license must now take Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) and acquire a certification from the Land Transportation Office (LTO). Not only is the CDE required for new drivers, but it is also required for renewals. Read on to know more about CDE and how you can acquire a certificate.
What is Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) and why it’s important?
The CDE serves as a refresher course for non-professional or professional drivers which covers road safety, traffic legislation, driving obligations, traffic rules and regulations, and the consequences that come with them.
The CDE is a legal requirement that conforms a provision in Republic Act No.10930 permitting the LTO to prolong the validity of a license for up to ten years for motorists who have not had any traffic violation before renewal. If a driver does not have a traffic violation record, they can now apply for a 10-year license. Those with current records can only apply for a 5-year renewal.
Starting October 28, it will be enforced in the Central Office-Licensing Section and the Quezon City Licensing Center (QCLC) together by the other offices in the National Capital Region on November 3, 2021. The schedule for locations outside of Metro Manila will be released soon.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, LTO Chief Edgar Galvante said that the reasons of road catastrophes include those who are not informed about the driving rules and regulations as well as those who are not practicing the laws and road courtesy. Consequently, a refresher course is an endeavor to help drivers enhance their performance.
Where to take CDE Program?
You may visit LTO Driver’s Education Centers (DECs) (offline), Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) Portal (online), or at LTO-accredited driving schools for the CDE Program.
For Driver’s License Renewal Course online you may visit the portal > go to E-Learning > and click Driver’s License Renewal Course. The portal provides audiovisual courses designed exclusively for non-professional and professional drivers that may be completed in less than five hours.
You may also check presentation materials on the LTO website such as: Road Safety, Signs, Signals & Markings, Expressway
Rules on the Road, Special Laws, Special Laws (MC and TC), Other Regulations, and General Information.
A reminder, the CDE Program can be accessed freely at the online portal and at LTO’s DECs.
How to acquire a CDE certificate?
A driver’s education exam is required to obtain a CDE certificate. Those who complete the CDE program on DECs must take the exam personally, while those who complete the course online can use the portal to take the CDE Online Validation Exam.
The passing score to acquire a certificate is as follows:
- Non-Professional: 50% or at least 13 correct answers out of 25 questions.
- Professional: 50% or at least 13 correct answers out of 25 questions.
Another reminder, to complete the CDE Online Validation Exam, you must first log in to your account. Once drivers pass the exam, they will receive a CDE certificate. To process the renewal application, the certificate must be delivered to the LTO Licensing Renewal Official.
Those who fail the CDE exam may retake it until they pass it and receive a certificate, in agreement with the LTO.