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How to have a Driver’s License in Naga City

How to have a New Driver’s License in Naga City

It has been 6 years since I’ve learned how to drive and knowing how can be quite empowering because you can go where you want to and bring your friends or love ones along to any destination you choose whether it is at work or a recreational hub.

Living in a developing city, driving, little by little, becomes a necessity although not everyone is given with the authority to just rev up a motorized vehicle. Learning this skill simultaneously requires being responsible and cautious because risk and accidents occur all the time. You need to have a proof that you can drive. Meaning, you need to have your own driver’s license.

Of course, that piece of card can be obtained in the Land Transportation Office (LTO), which is under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). If you are residing here in Naga, the Land Transportation Office can be located in Barangay Sabang just beside the LCC Mall. And, to be an eligible driver, LTO checks if you are the following:

  • At least 16 years old
  • Physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle
  • Not a drug user or alcoholic
  • Capable of reading and writing Filipino or English
  • Clean, neat and presentable


If you checked all the items in bullet, decide the kind of license you will get. It can either be a student permit, non-professional driver’s license and a professional driver’s license. When I started driving, I first requested for a valid student permit because this is a prerequisite before you can have a non-professional or professional license. A student permit is a document allowing you to drive any vehicle with a licensed driver. If you are a neophyte and need a student permit, be mindful of these requirements:

  1. Properly fill up the ADL (Application for Driver’s License) Form (available at the customer service department.
  2. Applicant must be able to read and write the local dialect, English and Filipino.
  3. Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a vehicle.
  4. Applicant must be 18 years old.
    1. If minor (not less than 16 years old), letter of parental or guardian consent with photocopy of ID card to prove his/ her identity. If not accompanied by a parent or guardian, the written consent must be duly notarized.
  5. Original and photo copy or birth certificate.
    1. If birth certificate is not available,
      1. Any legal document to prove his/ her age
      2. Joint affidavit of two (2) disinterested person who knows the applicant and who can attest to his/ her age and identity accompanied by a non-availability of record from NSO or local Civil Registry office.
    2. If married female applicant, marriage contract.
  6. Tax payer’s identification number (TIN) if employed
  7. If foreigner applicant
    1. ACR (Alien Certificate of Registration)
    2. Passport
  8. If lost student permit
    1. Duly accomplished ADL form
    2. Affidavit of loss
    3. Proof of identity


Regarding Fees and Charges of a STUDENT PERMIT, be guided by the following:

Student Permit Fee Php. 150.00 Duplicate SP Php.50.00
Application Fee 100.00 Certification Fee 100.00
Computer Fee 67.63 Computer Fee 67.63
TOTAL 317.63 217.63


When you plan to convert your license to a new NON PROFESSIONAL, the following items and charges are required:

  1. Properly fill up the ADL (Application for Driver’s License) Form (available at the customer service department.
  2. Applicant must be 17 years old.
  3. Must be physically and mentally fit to drive as reflected in the Medical certificate of LTO Accredited Physicians with an official receipt.
  4. Must be able to read and write Filipino or English.
  5. Must be clean neat and presentable (Sando, shorts and slippers during photo taking and medical examinations are not allowed)
  6. Valid Student permit at least 1 month and 1 day matured
  7. Tax payer’s identification number
  8. Must have attended a seminar or lecture
  9. Must have passed written and examinations respectively.
  10. Payment for corresponding fees:


Application Fee 100.00 License Fee/td> 350.00
Computer Fee 67.63 Computer Fee 67.63
TOTAL 167.63 417.63


On the other hand, the requirements for the application of a new PROFESSIONAL driver’s license are as follows:

  1. Properly fill up the ADL (Application for Driver’s License) Form (available at the customer service department.
  2. Applicant must be 18 years old.
  3. Must be physically and mentally fit to drive as reflected in the Medical certificate of LTO Accredited Physicians with an official receipt.
  4. Must be able to read and write Filipino or English.
  5. Must be clean neat and presentable (Sando, shorts and slippers during photo taking and medical examinations are not allowed)
  6. Valid Student permit at least 5 months and 1 day matured
  7. Police/ Court/ NBI Clearance
  8. Tax payer’s identification number
  9. Must have attended a seminar or lecture
  10. Must have passed written and examinations respectively.
  11. Payment for corresponding fees:


Application Fee 100.00 License Fee 350.00
Computer Fee 67.63 Computer Fee 67.63
TOTAL 167.63 417.63


Regarding the medical examinations, the LTO here in Naga has a Drug testing medical laboratory with an accredited physician to check on you. The fee will only cost you less than 500 pesos. Also, when it comes to the examinations, make sure that you’re aware of all the road signs and major traffic rules. If you fail the exam, you will be required to take it on the following month.

Early this year, I had the chance of renewing my license for the second time and it’s now quite easy and fast. The only requirements I prepared were the following:

  1. Properly fill up the ADL (Application for Driver’s License) Form (available at the customer service department.
  2. Current Driver’s license due to expire or expired but not more than 2 years.
  3. Medical certificate with OR from accredited physicians.
  4. Fees: license fee is Php. 350.00 plus the computer fee of Php. 67.63, a total of Php. 417.63.


If the license is expired, the penalty charges are as follows:

  • 1 day to 1 year – Php. 75.00
  • 1 year to 2 years – Php. 150.00
  • More than 2 years – Php. 220.00


As of now, I am enjoying my authority to ride any vehicle as a non-professional driver. The challenge for me is not to be reckless but to be responsible and defensive driver whether I’m alone or with somebody. Holding my own driver’s license shows that I am respecting our government by abiding their rules under DOTC and a role model that puts safety as a priority for the benefit of the community.

Do you have a new car? Or you just learned how to drive? Get your license now at LTO Naga District Office in the LCC mall complex. For more information, dial (054) 472-4057.