Philippine’s public transport can become scarce and in order to explore the country, many tourists decide to arrange their driving permits and rent their own vehicles during their holiday in the Philippines. But you may be wondering whether you can use your foreign driver’s license in the Philippines. This is to avoid unexpected charges or delays due to not having the correct documents.
Here’s what foreigners need to know in order to drive lawfully in the Philippines:
- You can drive with a foreign driver’s license in the Philippines for up to 90 days BUT if you plan to stay in the country for longer than 90 days and drive a vehicle, you will not only need to obtain the appropriate long-term Philippine visa according to the Philippine visa policy, but you will also need to get a driving permit from the LTO.
- You can convert your foreign driver’s license into a local one at the Land Transportation Office (LTO)
- You can obtain a Philippine driver’s license from the LTO
NOTE: Vehicles in the Philippines drive on the right side of the road, i.e., cars have the steering wheel on the left-hand side.
- Duly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License (ADL). You can which you can download here or on the spot at the LTO center.
- Original and a photocopy of your visa and stamp, or the Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR), available at the Immigration Office, if you are temporarily residing in the country.
- Medical Certificate certifying that you’re physically and mentally fit to operate a motor vehicle.
- Original and a photocopy of a valid passport with an entry of at least 1 month and visa duration of at least 1 year from date of application.
- A valid foreign driver’s license (original and copy). If the license is not in English, it must be accompanied by an official translation issued by your embassy.
- If you are employed, present your Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN) in compliance with Executive Order 98 & MC ACL-2009-1251.
Can I Use My Driving License in the Philippines?
- The foreign driving permit must be written in English. If your country does not issue driving permits in English, you can contact your embassy to obtain an official English translation.
- You can only drive with a foreign license for up to 90 days. After 90 days, you must obtain a driving permit from the Philippine LTO in order to drive in the Philippines.
How to Get a Driver’s License in the Philippines
- The professional driver’s license
- The non-professional diver’s license
- The student permit
How to Get an International Driver’s License in the Philippines
- A valid professional or non-professional driving permit
- 2 ID photos (size: 2×2)
- Foreigners must also bring their passport and a photocopy of the date-of-last-arrival page
- Permanent residents will need their ACR