How to get a DFA-authenticated LTO Certificate in Manila
Before I start, you’re probably wondering what an LTO certificate is for and why would you need one? Well, if you’re planning on obtaining a driver’s license in other countries, this is your proof of how long you’ve been driving.
You see, in highly-developed countries, before you can get a full driver’s license (for highways and such), you need to be driving for a certain amount of time to gain experience. Which is just appropriate since you will be driving in high speeds along with other vehicles.
Because driving in Metro Manila is so different from driving in disciplined countries, they don’t allow us to convert our license to their own just like that. We need to take tests again and give them proof that we’re already an experienced driver, hence the LTO certificate.
It’s not a good indicator for driving experience though since you can easily get a driver’s license without actually doing any driving. Oh well.
Anyway, here’s how you can get a DFA-authenticated LTO Certificate and it’s surprisingly easy.
There’s the LTO part (15 minutes) and the DFA part (30 minutes) and it costs Php200 for each certificate.
1. Go to LTO Head Office at East Ave. (Yeah, unfortunately LTO satellite offices won’t do). Fortunately, there’s little to no line for this window and they don’t have lunch break. We arrived at around 11:30AM.
2. Inside near the chapel, go to Window 10 to get a form you need to fill up. Present a photocopy of your driver’s license and OR, along with the filled-up form so they can verify it.
3. After a few minutes, they will call your name to hand you back your form and license. Go to Window 8 to pay Php100 for the processing fee.
4. After a few minutes, your name will be called at Window 11 and you will be handed a stub you need to bring to DFA after 1 week.
After one week…
1. Go to DFA Macapagal Gate 2. No need to schedule. I went in the afternoon around 3PM and was done by 3:30PM. Bring a valid ID. If you will be getting somebody else’s certificate, you need a letter of authorization and a copy of their valid ID.
2. The guard will ask you to drop your stub and wait for your name to be called on a certain window.
3. Once your name is called, go to the window to verify that all information they will be printing on the certificate is correct. You will be handed a receipt for your to pay at the cashier.
4. Pay Php100 at the cashier and bring back the OR to the previous window. After a few minutes, your name will be called again and you will be handed your DFA-authenticated LTO certificate.
That’s it. I normally despise dealing with government offices but in this case, everything went fast and smooth unlike other inefficient agencies.