Whether your own connotation of queueing to LTO is a positive or a negative perspective, Senator Ralph Recto aims to spare you the hassle of short-term renewal by extending the license validity to 5 instead of 3 years.
The politically well-versed Senator filed a legislation last July that pursued that alteration of the Republic Act No. 4136, which is otherwise known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. The proposed extension will not be applicable to student permits and new licenses.
To the delight of many public transportation drivers as well as private individuals, LTO Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz issued the Administrative Order No. 2016-34 that expanded the validity period of both the conductor’s and the driver’s licenses. It was put into effect last October 8.
Read along the essence of the amendment: “Non-professional driver’s licenses, professional driver’s licenses and conductor’s licenses shall be valid and effective for five (5) consecutive years reckoned from the birthdate of the licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended.”
If you think that this automatically applies to the licenses of your city, please hold your horses! LTO-7 director Alita Pulga said that the processing will be implemented gradually. The LTO licensing center in Quezon City started to process the amendment last October 10. It will be followed by the NCR on October 17.
Nov 2 is the designated date for Regions 3, 4, 7, and 11. While Regions 1, 2, 6, 10, and 12 will start on November 7. The remaining regions including CAR and CARAGA will start on November 14.
These fees do not include the costs of medical examination and penalties. So, be wary of that!
One more thing that you must be aware of is the unavailability of the new license cards. In the event that there is a shortage of the new card in your city center, the “expired” card will remain valid. This is only until the issuance of the new card. Furthermore, you must possess the Official Receipt of renewal at all times.