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Old Aug 12th 2016, 11:32 am   #1
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Hi .... 10 days till I fly out ..... cant wait. My good lady is in the process of purchasing me a Kymco 300i Scooter. Please can anyone advise how I go about getting a Philippine license. I'm pretty sure I've read possibly on here that I will need an ACR before I can gain a license and ride the bike.
However when I've been in the Philippines before I've never been asked for anything when hiring.
Therefore can I ask if you think I'm taking too much of a risk if I take the bike out on the road locally to do shopping etc. And await later till I get the license to go further afield. Many Thanks Baz
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Old Aug 12th 2016, 11:53 am   #2
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Hi .... 10 days till I fly out ..... cant wait. My good lady is in the process of purchasing me a Kymco 300i Scooter. Please can anyone advise how I go about getting a Philippine license. I'm pretty sure I've read possibly on here that I will need an ACR before I can gain a license and ride the bike.
However when I've been in the Philippines before I've never been asked for anything when hiring.
Therefore can I ask if you think I'm taking too much of a risk if I take the bike out on the road locally to do shopping etc. And await later till I get the license to go further afield. Many Thanks Baz
My experience was that I turned up to the LTO with my UK license, Passport, birth cert and baptism cert ( last 3 not asked for, but if I had left them at home someone would have, never had ACR card ):-
1. Filled out a form - easy
2. Went for blood test, all tests within 1 minutes walk, at least one new bit of paper for each test
3. Urine test
4. Medical test ( weight & height )
5. Eye test, not difficult as I have seen man with white stick pass this one.
6. Colour blind test
7. Back to window Nr 1 with hand full of paper, wait
8. Go to window Nr 2 for photo, wait
9. Go to window Nr 6 to pay ( about P600 ), wait, not too sure what windows nr 3>5 are for but they were busy.
10. Go to window Nr 7 to collect license. Disappear quick before you are invited to wait at another window.

Repeat every three years.

Allow a full day for the above activities and get there early, I was lucky wife's cousin is a police chief so took less than a couple of hours.
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Old Aug 12th 2016, 11:55 am   #3
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Bazza,

As a Brit, I could drive on my UK license for 3 months in the Philippines. I assume this applies to all nationalities. After that, you will need a Philippine license which is not too difficult to acquire.

Regards...and welcome to the Philippines.

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Old Aug 12th 2016, 12:54 pm   #4
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All the above correct, except no longer required to give blood and urine samples.
They did state that an International Driving Permit is required to accompany your UK driving license (8 pounds? from the AA) however a Brit who came over recently was told that is no longer required so long as you carry your passport with your license.
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Old Aug 12th 2016, 9:49 pm   #5
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British Driving Licence is good for ninety days After that you need to get a Philippine licence, Stokkevn is correct on the procedure for this Renewing my licence for the fourth time last year, I did have to give a urine sample


SM NRA Cebu has a fast track office; everything in one place
If you are a Senior Citizen (aged sixty or more) you are fast tracked, in all LTO offices
When providing the urine sample, you must list all medication, that you are taking
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Old Aug 12th 2016, 10:10 pm   #6
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When I renewed my Licence in June 2015 only an eyesight test was required. The renewal was at Metro East, Marcos Highway, ditto for my wife who renewed her licence at Marikina LTO. The requirements changed early 2015. Maybe not all LTO's have changed their procedures as many peoples livlehoods are at risk(LTO staff family members?).
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I forgot to add that they did take my BP
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I will renew in October. I understand that the new licenses issued from October will be for 5 years... so it will get delayed again)

Last time I did the renewal there was no blood test or urine test as they stopped testing for drugs etc
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The rules changed last November, where applied you now need to be a resident to obtain a Philippine drivers license.
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Gazza,

Are you saying that those of us on a tourist visa, therefore a non-resident, cannot apply for a Philippines drivers license?

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It seems that you have to be a resident via 13A or on the Retirement Scheme. Have not found the reasoning for the change, yet!
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Would this only be applicable for those who do not hold a driving license from their country of origin and are applying for their first ever driving license in the Philippines?
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I don't think so as it seems that you have to have residence status to obtain a licence. So as a foreigner you are okay for the first three months of your stay. Thereafter it seems to be the 13A visa or the Seniors scheme.
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Just looked at the directive. Foreigners have to prove that they will stay in the country for at least one year. Nothing about residence status. Throw away ticket it has to be then. http://www.lto.gov.ph/images/Home/Ad...T_2015_031.pdf

Para III refers.
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Just looked at the directive. Foreigners have to prove that they will stay in the country for at least one year. Nothing about residence status. Throw away ticket it has to be then. http://www.lto.gov.ph/images/Home/Ad...T_2015_031.pdf

Para III refers.
The only visas valid for one year are resident types and perhaps work and student. Although you can stay as a tourist for 36 months the maximum length of any one visa is 6 months so you could not acheive the 12 month requirement. Not all LTOs are applying this yet as is the normal filipino way.
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