The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has officially started the rollout of extended driver’s licenses, which will be valid for 10 years. 

The issuance of the license, which started yesterday (October 28), will be limited to LTO’s central office located in Quezon City. 

However, the national agency assured that the dissemination will begin in other Metro Manila areas next week. 

Those eligible for the new 10-year driver’s license are drivers with zero violations on file, the LTO noted. On the other hand, those who have broken traffic laws can only avail of a five-year renewal.

Apart from this, those seeking to renew their licenses will have to undergo a comprehensive driver’s education (CDE) program before applying.

“Ito’y para sa mga magre-renew ng kanilang lisensiya, professional man o non-professional. Nire-require ito ng batas…na ang magre-renew kailangan dumaan sa parang refresher seminar,” LTO Chief Edgar Galvante told CNN Philippines.

According to Galvante, they’ll be extending the validity of existing licenses to give drivers more time to comply with the new CDE requirement. 

“Ang payo namin, ay ‘yung mga due na magre-renew niyan, huwag muna sila magpunta sa LTO kung hindi pa nila nakakamit ‘yung certificate na…nagpapatunay na nagtapos na sila nung seminar na ‘yon,” he explained. 

CDE is being offered for free in all LTO offices. It’s also available on its website and social media platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube.

Meanwhile, the accompanying exam must be taken via the Land Transportation Management System portal or at driver’s education centers in select LTO offices.

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