Renewing Your Driver's License Might Soon Cost Less Time and Brain Cells

LTO will roll out a streamlined digital service this year.

( Renewing your driver's license in the Philippines isn't exactly a walk in the park—it's really more like a preview of some circle in hell (maybe one of the nicer ones, though, relatively speaking). But an incoming digital centralized system might soon ease the stress on your brain cells the next time you have to renew your license at the Land Transportation Office. The agency will be rolling out a new service adopted from a Digital Governance Solution—from German biometrics company Dermalogin the second quarter of 2020.

The new system includes a streamlined digital service—a.k.a. a web portal people can use to process transactions—and an information database. All info will be stored digitally at the Land Transportation Office's (LTO) headquarters in Metro Manila with the new centralized system, according to a report by GMA News Online

Traffic violations, tickets, vehicle registrations and the like will also be stored digitally with the new system. Ideally, this means employees will have faster access to the data needed to process your papers—a huge difference, especially after taking a quick look at the storage situation in LTO's main Metro Manila branch

Users will be able to stay up to date on their own info with the database. You can also check out your own records through the system, including payments, deadlines, expiry dates, and yup, your violations.

You can apply for and renew your driver's license online, as well. The web portal will allow you to choose transactions, pay online, and select a district office. You can even take an examination online if required, according to a report by


You will still have to head to an LTO branch to have your biometrics recorded and pick up your ID card, much the same way the current system goes. But with the new digitized database, the process will hopefully be sped up. Fingers crossed we feel the effects soon!

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