THE LAND TRANSPORTATION Office (LTO) is now offering a ten-year validity for driver’s licenses to selected individuals who will renew their licenses starting today, October 28, for Metro Manila folks only for now. For motorists outside the capital region, the LTO is yet to announce when you will be able to avail the validity. 

So, are you part of the chosen few

Who is qualified to get driver’s licenses with 10 years of validity? 

LTO is offering the ten-year valid license upon renewal to motorists with no recorded violation before the renewal date. Motorists with recorded traffic violations will still be able to renew their licenses but with the usual five-year validity. 

To check if you have recorded violations or not, visit LTO’s Portal

What do you do to avail 10-year valid license? 

The first step in availing of the 10-year validity is to be a good driver and avoid violating the traffic rules. Other than that, though, you have to pass the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) program newly imposed by the LTO. The CDE takes five hours or less to finish. Do take note that it is different from the Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) taken by persons who will apply for a driver’s license for the first time. 

The Advantages of having a license with 10 years of validity

Veteran drivers used to come back to LTO every three years to renew their driver’s licenses until the validity was extended to five years in 2016. Now that a ten-year validity option is now available, there will be fewer trips to the LTO and more time saved within a driver’s life. There will be fewer instances when you will have to leave work to renew your license. 

It is also important to note that drivers have to pay to take the CDE course in private driving schools. While the LTO offers free CDE courses in its offices, it is estimated to cost around ₱1,000 per individual in driving schools. 

So, are you one of the chosen few qualified to get the 10-year validity for driver’s licenses? If you did have a traffic violation record, though, you can still get the 5-year validity which isn’t so bad. Remember, under our law, driving is not a right, but a privilege.