Your driver’s license expiry date fast approaching? No need to worry, you can quickly get a new one. And when I say quickly, I mean 15-minutes quick!
Renewing your driver’s license in the main LTO office, or any LTO office per se, is a death wish. But if you have 4-8 hours to spare, feel free to be my guest.
My first ever renewal process was done in a DLRC, which stands for Driver’s License Renewal Centers. Half a decade ago, the DLRC in Farmers Cubao was the fastest in terms of processing. Including the drug test, it usually takes 2-3 hours back then for you to get your license renewed.
This time around, since we moved to the south, I tried the DLRC just outside Alabang Town Center. There’s an accredited drug testing center just beside the office if you’re looking for convenience. Always remember to drink plenty of liquid before getting your license renewed or you’ll be wasting precious time and money (P20 for a bottle of drinking water). Bring a pen as well or it will cost you another P10 to get one.
Come early. Around 9am and you should be finished with the whole drug testing and medical process in about 30 minutes. This includes getting your urine sample, your picture taken, and a physical examination which takes about 1 minute tops, no joke. The fee for the drug test and medical exam is P400 including the picture taking.
You can then get an ADL (Application for Driver’s License) form from Window 1. Fill it out and submit it back to Window 1 together with the drug test and medical results. They will then ask you to get your picture taken and pay the amount of P417 (and a couple of cents) if your license hasn’t expired yet. Wait for a few minutes for your name to be called to get your new license card. This process usually takes less than 15 minutes.
Note: While paying, the cashier will tell you to pick a license holder/sleeve. Don’t be fooled by this. It comes for an extra P20. Unless you really need it, advise the cashier that you won’t be getting one.
If you are not familiar with the place, just look for the church outside ATC. It’s just outside the cinemas. Look for the many auto shops lined up and the DLRC shouldn’t be that hard to spot. Parking is free in this area if you’re lucky to find a spot.
Remember, 1 day to 1 year is P75 in penalty fees.