A stricter policy on the issuance of driver’s licenses to new applicants will be implemented by the Land Transportation Office in a bid to ensure safer roads through law-abiding drivers.
LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said that the agency will be requiring new applicants to pass a 15-hour lecture on road rules and driving laws before they can apply for a student permit.
The applicant will be given a student permit after the lecture so they can enroll at an accredited driving school or at the LTO Training Offices. Applicants must then pass both theoretical and practical driving exams to be supervised by the LTO, before obtaining a non-professional license.
The LTO will also begin to implement the 10-year validity of driver’s license by October 2021 as directed by Congress, but not all who will apply for a license by the time of the implementation will be provided with a license valid for 10 years. The validity of the license will be based on the driver’s number of violations.