LTO Starts Releasing Driver’s Licenses with 5-Year Validity

Finally, the long wait for a driver’s license with 5-year validity is over as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has started issuing first batch of the said licenses.

It can be considered a milestone for the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as the agency has finally succeeded in issuing the first batch of driver’s licenses with five-year validity.

News reports have it that Transportation Secretary, Arthur Tugade, who headed the much-awaited roll-out, was among the first bath who received the new driver’s licenses with 5-year validity.

According to Tugade, it only took him at least eight to nine minutes to get his new driver’s license.

In a statement released by the LTO Chief, Edgar Galvante, he claimed that his agency’s main office which is in Quezon City will cater to all applicants who will either renew or secure a new driver’s license.

Unfortunately, only those who will apply for new license and renewals due now and onwards are the only one who can get the new driver’s licenses with 5-year validity according to Galvante in the meantime.

In light of the Administrative Order No. 2016-34, the LTO has started processing application for the driver’s license with 5-year validity since October, 2016. However, the licenses were temporarily released in a form of paper receipts. Thus, the agency still has a backlog of some 3.6 million applications for driver’s license so far. But Galvante claimed that the same will be processed this September.

Meanwhile, the Galvante claimed that the agency will start easing backlogs in NCR to avoid creating longer queue.

Soon after, the agency will start easing backlogs in Region III, Region IV and Region XI by mid-September while the rest of the country will be sometime in October this year according to Galvante.

For the record, under the Republic Act No. 10930, non-professional drivers who have no record or violations will be entitled to a 10-year validity renewal.

Aizelle Joe