By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) today Tuesday (26 Oct 2021) announced on its Facebook page that it will soon be issuing drivers’ licenses with 10-year validity.
The official start of which is Thursday, October 28, 2021.
But wait, there’s a catch.
LTO Chief Edgar Galvante stated that only motorists with clean records are the only ones eligible for such a privilege.
The issuance of 10-year validity driver’s licenses is in line with Republic Act No. 10930 that was signed into law in 2017.
“It stipulates that, “Except for student permits, all drivers’ licenses shall be valid for five years reckoned from the birthdate of the licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended: Provided, however, that subject to Section 26 hereof, any holder of a professional or nonprofessional driver’s license who has not committed any violation of Republic Act No. 4136 and other traffic laws, rules and regulations during the five-year period shall be entitled to a renewal of such license for 10 years, subject to the restrictions as may be imposed by the LTO.”
“With good drivers getting an incentive, bad drivers, or those who frequently commit traffic violations, will be under a demerit system,” Galvante emphasized.
The demerit system depends on the level of violation, i.e., for Grave = 5 points, Less Grave = 3 points, Light = 1 point he said.
Drivers can accumulate points which will then incur a corresponding penalty, including the suspension if he/she will accumulate 10 demerit points and license revocation if 40 points has been reached.
“Not all license holders are entitled to this privilege. For those who have clean records, you may enjoy not coming back for renewal not only for five years, but ten years. That is if you are not delinquent,” added Galvante.
For those who will be renewing their licenses, they will undergo a Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) in order to obtain their CDE Certificate which is a pre-requisite for renewal.
The CDE materials can be obtained at the LTO Portal (portal.lto.gov.ph), LTO offices, and LTO-Accredited Driving Schools. The registration is free including the CDE. (ai/mtvn)