PH Driver’s License Validity is now extending from 3 years to 5 years


On June 25, 2016 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, mentioned on his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) that he will amend the current law about the current validity of driver’s license in the country.

The president wants a new law to be implemented that all driver’s license holder must have a 5 years consecutive validity driver’s license reckoned from the date of their birth amending the previous 3 years validity only.


The new law is to extend the usual 3 years driver’s renewals, it will also reduce the hassle of every licensee holder by prolonging its validity. While student driver and new licensee are not included in the new bill.

Land Transportation Office (LTO), release a statement that this coming October, there is a big possibility that they will start implementing the new law by prolonging the validity of driver’s license for 5 consecutive years.

However, LTO chief Assistant Sec. Edgar Galvante clarifies that the National Capital Region (NCR) are the first priorities of implementing the extended validity of driver's license and then it will sooner implemented in other regions of the country.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto, who also proposed to amend the Republic Act 4136 or Land Transportation and Traffic Code, was also proposing a 6 years moratorium or no price increase for all government documents such as passports, driver's licenses, permits and others.

Aside from prolonging the validity of driver’s license into 5 years, the Philippine passport was also included to amend Republic Act 8239 or Philippine Passport Act of 1996, it was also mentioned by the president during his SONA.

As of now there is no definite report that the new law is already implemented? But if implemented it will extend the validity of PH passport up to 10 consecutive years instead of 5 years.

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