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Converting your International Driving License in the Philippines


Would it be nicer to explore an interesting country by taking its roads? yes indeed! Although, Manila street is one of the re-known worst Traffic street in Asia (so far), but travelling to its beautiful places will be as much fun if you drive going to your destination. You may however, use your International Driving License, but should you be staying in the country for sometime then first you need to have your International Driving License converted and legalised.

If you have an International Driving license, you just need to lodge a Conversion application by visiting the main office of the Land Transportation Office or LTO.


How to reach there? you need to either take a Metro Train or an “MRT” as it is famous of calling. Or you could take a bus or rather best and easiest of all is a Taxi cab or other service alike, i.e. Uber and Grab. Whichever ride you have decided to take, your destination should be “GMA-Kamuning” in Quezon City. From the Metro train, LTO is a 15 mins walking distance away from the station.


What are the requirements needed for the Conversion?  its more likely to be applying a new driving license, but a little easier and less documentation than that. But first you need to be qualified as follows:

  1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years old
  2. Must be physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle;
  3. Must be able to read and write Filipino, English or the applicable local dialect;
  4. Must be a holder of a valid SP issued at least thirty (30) days prior to the application; and
  5. In addition, for foreigners, the applicant must have been in the Philippines for at least one (1) month with proof that he/she will stay in the country for at least one (1) year from date of application.

Once the above is satisfied, please proceed in preparation of the below:

  1. Duly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License (ADL);
  2. Valid SP issued at least thirty (30) days from date of application;
  3. Medical Certificate issued by any licensed practicing physician stating that the applicant is physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise stating his/her impairment; and
  4. In addition, for foreigners, original and photocopy of passport with entry of at least one (1) month and visa duration of at least one (1) year from date of application, or if born in the Philippines, present original and photocopy of birth certificate duly authenticated by the NSO.

In the event that the applicant is a holder of a valid Foreign Driver’s License, the applicant may present the original and photocopy of Foreign Driver’s License, if not in English language, original and photocopy of official English translation from Embassy of the issuing country instead of an SP.




Step 1

The applicant shall submit all the documentary requirements to the receiving personnel.

  • Receiving personnel shall retrieve the details of the license from the system and show the same to the applicant, who shall be required to confirm the same for any revision/s and be informed of the appropriate fees to be paid.
  • If there are no revision/s to be made, applicant shall be advised to proceed to the next step.
  • If there are revision/s to be made, the applicant shall be required to fill up an ADL for the desired revision/s attaching therewith the appropriate documents required, if necessary, for re-submission. For this purpose, ADL forms must be made readily available for applicant/s at the same receiving window.

In cases if revision/s of records only, the receiving personnel shall check only the completeness of the re-submitted documents and transmit the same to an evaluator.

  • The evaluator shall evaluate the qualification of the applicant and, if qualified, encode the application in the system.
  • Upon encoding, the application shall be approved by the approving Officer.

Step 2

The applicant shall be called for photo and signature taking.

Step 3

The applicant shall be called to pay the required fees to the Cashier.

Step 4

The NPDL card with the Official Receipt and the expired card shall be released to the applicant, who shall be required to write his/her name and affix his/her signature in the appropriate Released Form.



  1. Applications for new NPDL as well as its subsequent transactions may be done at any LTO Licensing Center and District/Extension Office.
  2. The plain renewal of NPDL without revision may be done at any LTO Driver’s Licensing Renewal Offices (DLROs)


IMPORTANT TIP: “While filling in the forms, please be EXTRA careful of the information that you have filled in, as for every mistake in the information you have written is irreplaceable at first and should be lodge or file AGAIN as Replacement of information that will cost you a fee.



For further information, you may visit LTO website:



Author: Expatch Editorial Team

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