Here's How to Take the LTO License Renewal Test Online for Free

A guide to the Comprehensive Driver's Education program.


( Okay, so late in 2021—just as the Land Transportation Office began issuing 10-year driver's licenses—they added in one more new thing. Specifically a mandatory refresher course for anyone renewing their license, culminating in a Comprehensive Driver’s Education certificate

Now you've probably been hearing that this exam is receiving some pushback from lawmakers amid the ongoing pandemic. So if going out to attend the multi-hour lectures physically—and paying the accredited institutions for it—doesn't exactly sound like something you want to do, then just note that you can also do the entire course and exam online for free through the LTMS Portal.

Also read: Yay or Nay: Suspend the Additional LTO Test to Renew Your Driver's License

So, what exactly is the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE) program for the LTO license renewal?

The CDE is part of the requirements of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to renew your license—from the perspective of the typical Juan looking to renew, bottomline is you need a CDE certificate alongside the other bare minimum docs required: your old license, a medical certificate (from an LTO-accredited clinic),  and a photocopy of any government-issued ID. 


Depending on whether you have demerits or not, you may be required to take longer courses. But since the issuance of this new program, all folks renewing their license are required to undergo at least a five-hour course. This basic course will cover traffic rules and regulations plus road safety.

At the end of the course, there is a 25-item exam you need to pass in order to get the certificate. Get at least 13 questions right and you get a cert! So you can pay to take the seminar through LTO-accredited driving schools or you could go through the LTMS portal online free. Note that you can also take the course for free at certain LTO Education Centers; you can also check with the LTO branch at which you want to renew your license if you can take the exam there at no cost.

Here's a quick guide to taking the CDE online free through the LTMS Portal

1. Create an LTMS account

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Head on over to the LTMS Portal (different from the official LTO government site) and click on register now. Register as an individual and be sure to have your current license on hand! If you don't have one just yet then you can just click no—but back to those who want to renew. Prep to put in more data! Pro-tip: be sure you use a working email address as your CDE certificate, among other things, will be sent there.

2. Take the course

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The Driver's License Renewal Course can be found under the E-Learning tab up top upon logging in. This is the part where you go the self-study route and listen/read the seminar online. Just follow the prompts, whether professional or for non-professional, to be sure you take the right course. There's the audio-visual program and then several presentations as well. 

3. Take the exam

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Once you're done with all that studying, you can start the exam through the LTMS Portal too. It can be found in two places on the site: from the E-Learning page where you took the Driver's License Renewal Course (the third option) or under the E-Learning tab from the landing page. Note that the exam has 25 questions, all multiple choice. 

You need to answer at least 13 questions correctly to pass the exam and get your certificate. There is no time limit either. Best part? You can keep retaking the exam until you get the cert. Once you've passed the exam, the CDE Certificate will be sent to the email you used to register your LTMS account. 


Tip: You can print out a copy of the certificate before going to LTO, in case there are no printing facilities in the branch you go to. 

Head on to the LTMS Online Portal for more information.

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