LTO opens driver’s license, student-driver’s permit online application

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Land Transportation Office (LTO) opened its Land Transportation Management System portal, enabling motorists to apply for driver’s license and student driver’s permit online as part of the agency’s measure in fighting the spread of COVID-19. 

Applicants may visit portal.lto.gov.ph and choose the transaction they need, upload documents required, and pay fees online. 

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The online service is currently available in 24 LTO pilot sites. These are at the Central Office in Quezon City, Eastwood, San Fernando, Angeles, Cabuya, Davao, Lipa, Baguio, Tagu, Naga, General Santos, Calapan, Ormoc, Roxas, Laoag, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Butuan, Bayombong, Malaybalay, Pagadian, Ever Gotesco DLRO (Driver’s License Renewal Office), and Muntinlupa.

LTO said 20 more additional sites are expected to open next week. These are in Marikina, Pasig, Manila West, Manila South, Baloc, Sta. Maria, Tarlac, Guagua, Santiago, Masbate, Balayan, Taal, Tagaytay, Imus, Dasmarinas, Binangonan, Antipolo, Sta. Cruz (Pila), Laguna, Candon, Vigan, and Batac.

“Iwasan na natin yung transaksyon kung saan dadagsa yung tao and magkakaroon tayo ng problema sa pag-implement ng sinasabing social distancing. Medyo nagreduce din kami ng tao dun sa pinaka-windows namin. Kung above 59 (years old), work from home na. Ang mine-maintain namin a little more than 50 percent,” LTO chief Edgar Galvante said Tuesday.

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(Let us avoid transactions where people would crowd, and we would have a problem in implementing social distancing. We also reduced the number of our employees in our windows. If you are above 59 years old, you work from home. We maintained a little more than 50 percent.)

Also read: How to Get or Renew a Philippine Driver’s License

LTO opens driver’s license, student-driver’s permit online application

“Kung magwo-walk in ka, ang dami mo pang dadaanan eh. Pag nag-online ka, na-set na yung appointment mo, at nakapagbayad ka na online. Pagpunta mo sa LTO, magba-biometrics ka lang, picture, then release na yung iyong lisensya. So na-shorten mo yung process,” LTO management information division chief Rector Antiga added.

(You have to go a lot of processes if you are a walk-in applicant. If you go online, your appointment is already set-up, and you paid online. When you go to LTO, you’ll just have to go biometrics, pictures. Then your license would be released. You already shortened the process.)

LTO also said they are already pilot testing online vehicle registration through the same portal and could be launched by September. 

Online vehicle registration, meanwhile through the same portal, is currently undergoing pilot testing and is expected to be open to the public in September. 

The agency is looking into accrediting courier services for the delivery of driver’s licenses and vehicle license plates to those who will avail of the online services.

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