Driver's License Restriction Codes of Your Driver's License

Driver’s License Restriction Codes

Note: This motor vehicle licensing procedures are localized for Philippine transport system only. Other countries might have their own licensing procedures, so proceed with caution in some informations.

Before driving any motor vehicle, take note to heart that driving is NOT a RIGHT but a PRIVILEGE. Do not get too entitled just because you are paying road users tax or any taxes whatsoever. Remember that others are doing too.

This mandate by the Philippines Government is based on Republic Act #4136 and Batas Pambansa Bilang 398, and is done through the Land Transportation Office or LTO.

Driver’s Licenses are valid for three (3) years or as amended. It expires on the third birth date of the applicant, commencing from the date of issuance.

The Current Driver’s License is a card-type license, which contains security features that help prevent forgery and production of fake versions.

The filing system is computerized, which provides for easier tracking, e.g. monitoring violations the license holder has been involved in.

Aside from containing information such as complete name, address, birth date, gender, height, weight, nationality, the driver’s license includes License Codes.

Restriction Codes (Driver's License)

Driver's License Restriction Codes Image
Restriction 1 – Motorcycles / Motorized Tricycles
Restriction 2 – Vehicle up to 4500 kg. Gross Vehicle Weight
Restriction 3 – Vehicle above 4500 kg. Gross Vehicle Weight
Restriction 4 – Automatic Clutch up to 4500 kg. Gross Vehicle Weight
Restriction 5 – Automatic Clutch above 4500 kg. Gross Vehicle Weight
Restriction 6 – Articulated Vehicle 1600 kg. Gross Vehicle Weight and below 
Restriction 7 – Articulated Vehicle 1601 kg. up to 4500 kg. Gross Vehicle Weight 
Restriction 8 – Articulated Vehicle 4501 kg. and above Gross Vehicle Weight 
Non-Professional Driver’s Licenses are allowed Restrictions 1, 2, and 4 only.
Facts and figures herein may change without notice since laws governing licensing are subject to amendments as deemed needed by circumstances.
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To learn more please visit LTO Website.


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