How to Get a Student's Permit

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After much deliberation, I finally realized that I have to learn how to drive. I already got 2 kids studying at the same school. Sooner or later, it would be very difficult for me to take them on a jeep, carrying their costumes and other things in case there are weekend activities. After inquiring at various driving schools about their rates, I decided to head to LTO Imus to get my student's permit (or student's license?)

LTO Imus branch
So what are the requirements for getting one step closer to your dream of driving a car? According to Gov.ph here are the things you need to know and prepare before heading to your nearest LTO branch.


Filipino Applicants
1. At least 16 years old
2. Original copy of your NSO-certified birth certificate
    * in my case, they took my marriage certificate since my government IDs still bears my single name.
3. Application form. You can fill it up there or download it here.
4. Fee of Php 318.00

I was there earlier than 8 A.M. to make sure that I don't have to deal with the tedious process and long lines. At exactly 8:05, they opened their doors though employees weren't ready to accept applicants yet. Forms were filled, requirements photocopied, and I was in line by 8:10. They checked the documents and I was told to wait. Thankfully, the line wasn't long yet and their office is equipped with very cool air conditioning system. Free candies and free water are probably for those who need to wait in the long queue. After 5 minutes, they called my name for the photo and signature. Fast service right? I went to the cashier to pay for the fee where I waited longer.

It took them about 15 minutes before they started calling names at the cashier. We were all wondering what took them so long and people are already pilling up. After paying, I waited again for 5 minutes and finally got my student's permit.

Overall, I was satisfied with the whole process. Of course, this is just for the student's permit. I wonder if this is also the same for non-professional driving license as well. The step-by-step process were also displayed at the office along with the respective fees. If this is the same with the different offices, then nobody will definitely rant on social media on how incompetent our government is.

So for the next step, off to the driving school!


xoxo


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July 9, 2015 at 4:40 PM delete

I also need one! and I am also from Imus.

Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

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July 9, 2015 at 5:55 PM delete

Be there early sis. By 9 AM, madami ng tao :)

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Chris
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July 9, 2015 at 7:53 PM delete

Congratulations! Driving in the Philippines require much courage and patience! :)

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July 9, 2015 at 8:10 PM delete

Thank you Chris. i already "printscreened" a photo of the new violation fees just in case hahaha

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seTHer
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July 10, 2015 at 12:48 AM delete

Hmm kailangang magkakotse muna kami ni kym hahaha

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July 10, 2015 at 1:53 AM delete

alam ko si madam natuto ng magdrive yan eh hehehe

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July 10, 2015 at 3:10 AM delete

Yehey for you! Good luck with the driving lessons. I did this a few years ago but never really got around to driving, but I do have my license. Haha. Still afraid of the road though.

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Nicole Paler
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July 10, 2015 at 5:09 AM delete

Thanks for this, exactly what I need to finally enroll in driving school and drive that dream nissan Frontier.. :3

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July 10, 2015 at 6:26 AM delete

may i ask why? i think right now my only fear is driving at EDSA lol

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July 10, 2015 at 6:26 AM delete

that's a big one! =) i only dream of owning a pickup or an SUV but never thought of driving it though lol

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July 10, 2015 at 10:28 PM delete

Congrats! If you master driving in EDSA and Manila, you'll be able to drive anywhere :)

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July 10, 2015 at 10:31 PM delete

a friend also told me "conquer EDSA and you'll go places" hahaha!

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Michi
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July 11, 2015 at 2:26 AM delete

Driving is one of my fears. My husband always persuades me to learn how to drive but I don't have the courage to do it. It's been years of waiting but until now I still prefer to be in passenger seat. :)

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Nica Reyes
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July 11, 2015 at 3:17 AM delete

Congrats and enjoy driving school. :) Learning how to drive can be hard at first. But if most people can do it, you definitely can! Go conquer EDSA!

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July 11, 2015 at 7:20 AM delete

Thank you! will definitely update you guys if i fainted in the middle of driving lesson hahahaha

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July 11, 2015 at 7:20 AM delete

if this isn't essential for my kids i prefer to be at the back seat as well. lol

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July 11, 2015 at 7:42 AM delete

Wee congratulations on taking the first step! I've yet to learn how to drive, but this post has been really helpful. Thanks!

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July 11, 2015 at 7:45 AM delete

you're welcome and thanks at the same time :)

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Tina Ong
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July 11, 2015 at 4:46 PM delete

Yay for you! You will soon find out that being a tsuper-mama makes you a real superhero in the eyes of your kids as you do so much more for them!

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July 11, 2015 at 6:38 PM delete

i like that sis - tsuper mama hahaha!

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July 12, 2015 at 5:56 AM delete

Oh wow my son is only 2 years away from this XD

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July 12, 2015 at 6:39 AM delete

Congrats! I thought the process is complicated, its easy lang pala. I am planning to get a students permit too, thanks for sharing.

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July 12, 2015 at 8:17 PM delete

I have been driving for many years but I can't help the feeling of dread when I have to go to places like EDSA which is very challenging. One thing is sure though, you get to build your confidence through time and experience. Happy driving to you!

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Louisa
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July 12, 2015 at 9:26 PM delete

This is really timely since I'm planning on getting a student permit. Thanks for the info!

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Rose Angelie
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July 13, 2015 at 5:07 AM delete

Good luck! It must be so exciting! Driving is one of those things I wanted to learn talaga, but unfortunately, no opportunity pa. Hehe

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July 13, 2015 at 9:51 PM delete

I hope he gets the same experience in the LTO branch nearest you =)

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July 13, 2015 at 9:51 PM delete

yep! very easy. =) go there early para less hassle

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July 13, 2015 at 9:59 PM delete

good thing i'm from the South :D unless needed, i really wouldn't want to drive along EDSA especially during rush hour

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Allan D
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July 14, 2015 at 4:09 AM delete

Getting non professional or professional license is much longer because you needbto take the exam. But once you get it, renewal is as fast as getting students.

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Arge
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July 14, 2015 at 12:11 PM delete

Thank you for sharing about your LTO experience. It prompted me to renew my expired student permit and finally push for my driving lessons. :)

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July 14, 2015 at 2:15 PM delete

Congratulations! You are now ready to drive!

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MrsMartinez

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July 17, 2015 at 8:11 PM delete

i'm still trying to have the time to enroll in a driving school lol

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July 17, 2015 at 8:13 PM delete

yah, i also saw a lot of people renewing their license when i went there. it only took them less than 30 minutes to finish everything. they were told to wait for 3 months for the card though

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July 18, 2015 at 3:31 PM delete

I've always thought this process was complicated, di pala! Wow, congrats and good luck!

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July 20, 2015 at 12:02 PM delete

no, not really. it's a very easy task =)

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July 21, 2015 at 10:19 PM delete

Everything is so easy when there's no red tape involved. Glad to hear you've had a hassle-free experience in getting your student's permit. Enjoy driving!

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