International Driver's License

How To Get International Driver’s License?

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.

International Driver’s License is being issued by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) to permanent residents of the Philippines (employee, student, or government official) who wish to operate private and rent-a-car vehicles in other countries. The license is valid for one ( l ) year.

Requirements (International Driver’s License Application)

International Driver's License Sample
» Valid Philippines Driver’s License – two (2) photocopies are needed.
» Two copies of latest 2″x2″ pictures with white background.

Note: Additional Requirements for Foreigners:
» Original and photocopy of valid Passport.
» Original and photocopy of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR).

The Driver’s License Receipt (DLR)
The Driver’s License Receipt is proof of payment for the Driver’s License. It serves as a temporary license when stamped with “Valid as Temporary License”. This is issued when, for some unavoidable instances like a network or a power failure, the License card cannot be produced. It is valid for ninety (90) days from the date of issuance, pending processing of the actual Driver’s License. The DLR Is needed when claiming the actual Driver’s License. Once the license is claimed, the DLR is no longer valid for use as a temporary license.
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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