One of the best and the most effective forms of identification is the driver’s license. Here in the Philippines, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the strand of the government who issues it. Early of this year, the LTO released the new guidelines, processes, and regulations in acquiring a driver’s license here in the country.
In this article, we will be providing what the LTO provided in terms of the new processes and regulations in applying and getting a driver’s license.
What does the new guidelines in getting a driver’s license cover?
As per the department, this new policy would cover both the groups of people trying to get a new driver’s license and those who are applying for a student’s permit. To give you a brief refresher, before an individual can apply for a driver’s license, they first need to be able to hold a student’s permit.
One of the newest parts of this process is that they will now accept medical certificates online. However, there is a condition on submitting these certificates online. As per the agency, they will only accept online submissions if it is from accredited doctors, clinics, and hospitals.
What could be the possible reason for this change in terms of the submission of medical certificates?
Not all people are transparent. As a matter of fact, it is safe to think that almost, if not more than, half of all the applicants submitted a fabricated medical certificate when they applied for a driver’s license. This is because the LTO has been very strict in terms of people submitting medical certificates because they caught a lot of people not complying to the conditions in order for a specific individual to drive.
So, under the Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2157, it states that people can only submit certificates online from accredited doctors, hospitals, and clinics.
Is this effective in all regions immediately?
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) imposed this new policy in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 11. Other regions in the country have their own schedule of when this specific update will take effect.
So, here are the places and the dates when this policy will take effect:
- Regions IVA, IVB, V, and VII – January 14, 2019 (Monday)
- Regions VI and IX – January 21, 2019 (Monday)
- Regions I, II, and III – January 28, 2019 (Monday)
- Regions VIII, X, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and CARAGA – February 4, 2019 (Monday)
As per the Land Transportation Office (LTO – National Capital Region)
In our effort to serve the public better and to conform with the mandate of the law, Republic Act (R.A.) 11032, Ease of Doing Business and efficient Delivery of Government Services Act of 2018 to automate transactions, we included the online medical certificate submission.
Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2157 on the Revised Guidelines for Medical Examination, Accreditation of Medical Clinics and Registration of Physicians Relative to the Issuance of Medical Certificate to Student-Driver’s Permits on Driver’s/Conductor’s License Applicants was implemented in LTO NCR on January 7, 2019.
As a new project, there were system glitches reported and although we trained the doctors on the use of biometric examination and uploading of results in LTO System, still there were delays experienced, as expected of any new system.
Hence, in order not to disrupt the delivery of our licensing services, PENALTIES FOR LICENSES WHICH EXPIRE DUE TO THIS SYSTEM GLITCH WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
We are sorry for this inconvenience but rest assured that we are working on improving the system.
Pls bear with us.
This was LTO – NCR’s post on their Facebook page expressing the updates that are happening and what the are currently going through right now. In addition to this, the LTO issued an apology for the inconvenience of their new system via their Facebook page.
What were the reactions of the people and applicants about this?
Unfortunately, some applicants were not shy in expressing their disappointment and their negative feedback about the inconvenience they felt with the new policy. However, some applicants thought of the long-term effect of the online submission of medical certificates and expressed their gratitude to the new system.
While it can be a temporary negative thing for some people who yearn on getting a driver’s license immediately, it can be a positive thing for everyone because the process of submitting the medical certificate can now be done online.
What are your thoughts about this? Is this just fine, given the fact that it can improve the process of Filipinos getting a driver’s license?