Renewing your driver's license is a task that, every two years, requires the patience of almost an entire day. With the added convenience of satellite LTO centers around Metro Manila, it's a good thing that the government understands the public's need for a speedy and convenient system.
What to bring?
1. Your license and official receipt
Since you've already gotten your license before, renewing it is really just half the hassle of getting one for the first time. All you really need to bring is your old license and the official receipt from its first issue.
2. Any traffic violation tickets and receipts
This is always the tricky part-- most people tend to forget about any traffic mishaps and other MMDA encounters, but in reality, THEY DON'T. A record of violations under your name will be listed, and unless the penalty has been paid for, you won't be allowed to renew your license. Make sure that every violation has been taken care of, and that receipt of payment will be kept and shown as proof at the LTO renewal center. If the traffic violation is an MMDA one, these can be easily paid for at any BPI branch.
3. A pen
You're an adult, bringing a pen around will make your life much easier than you think-- and at least you won't have to wait for your seat mate to finish with theirs, right?
4. A bottle of water, C2, Coke, anything
If you want your renewal experience to go as fast as possible, then make sure you're ready and able to urinate on the spot! Bring a drink if you can, so when the time comes, you're good to go.
What to do?
Step 1: Window 1
As intuitive as it sounds, most people tend to overlook the fact that Window 1 is almost always the first step. Head on over here, grab a renewal form and fill it up.
Step 2: The drug test PHP 400
For PHP 400, you've officially urinated into a cup for government inspection. After a couple of forms and basic questions regarding drug use, vitamins, medication and the like, the urine sample part begins. For those who might be a little more nervous at this point, we'll leave it up to your creativity to solve your own problems. Waiting for the urine sample results lasts around ten to fifteen minutes.
Step 3: The eye exam
This is pretty simple-- you're just taken into a room with a nurse and an Opthalmologist who will perform a basic eye exam to test your vision. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, be sure to know your grade.
Step 4: Biometrics
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about your renewal experience will be the biometrics step. Your picture will be taken and all your fingerprints electronically scanned to store your information. Step 5: License processing PHP 417
After obtaining your drug test results, you can now proceed to the main area of the LTO for the actual renewal. Once you've paid, you can now wait around for a half hour and your license will be released to you immediately.
Total spent: PHP 817.00
Among the most popular branches of the DLRC (driver's license renewal center) are the ones in Farmers Plaza in Cubao, Araneta Square Mall in Caloocan, Ayala MRT station in Makati, Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa, and Metropoint Mall in Pasay.
You can also check out Araneta Center, Tutuban Center Manila, Robinsons Galleria, SM North Edsa, SM Mega Mall, and Ever Gotesco Commonwealth for their DLRC branches.
For provincial branches, SM Clark in Pampanga; SM City Cebu, Robinsons Bacolod, and Robinsons Dumaguete in the Visayas Region; and SM Davao and Limketkai Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao.