I have been itching since forever to learn how to drive, however, since I have Babe to drive me around when we need to, I did not have a chance. However, I think this is the perfect time for me to learn, even if just a short distance when I really need to, like going to the supermarket or any errand that would require superhuman strength (LOL!).
So anyway, before someone would teach me, I was required to get a student’s permit from Land Transportation Office (LTO). As we all know, this is the first step before someone could be a full pledged driver. So, I reseached well (both online and through circle of friends) as to where it is easier to get this permit. I am from Cainta, thus, I have the following options: Antipolo, Robinson’s Metro East, and Robinson’s Cainta.
I opted to go to Antipolo since I wanted to avoid the crowd in malls. I left home at around 9:30 AM. The directions were easy enough and the traffic was bearable. I was also armed with the requirements needed, and of course, a few things to keep me occupied while waiting.
Here are the requirements:
- Birth certificate and a photo copy of it.
- TIN ID
- A government issued ID
- Completely filled up form (yes, including your weight in kilos and height in cms. Don’t forget the second page of the form where the checklist is)
- A pen, in case you need to fill up another form because you forgot the second page. LOL!
My view as I was waiting for my name to be called. You literally have to climb the stairs up the container van and go single file as the walkway is good for one person only!
Directions: From Ortigas Avenue, ride a jeep going to Antipolo or Tanay. Ask the conductor or the driver to drop you off in Ynares stadium. The drop off point is quite far, so cross the street where the stadium is and walk back in the direction where the island is. Make a rght turn until you come to another intersection with an island (there is a gas station and you won’t miss it due to the construction works on going) Cross the street again and walk to the direction where the construction is. You will see a field with an emission testing center. Right beside it is a gated compound with a container van. Go inside and take a look at the surrounding. You have arrived. 🙂
As I entered the open premises, there are signs everywhere, so it’s not really an issue where to go first, however, here’s what I did:
- Look for the information center. Line up as the person manning the desk will need to check your requirements. There are 2 desks, one for the student’s permit and the other for vehicle registration.
- After lining up, the staff will return your birth certificate along with the photocopy. He will put together the photocopied government ID and your TIN ID along with the form and will stamp it.
- Proceed to the mobile trailer and provide the form. You will then be asked to wait for your name to be called.
- Once your name is called (they will also announce the window you should go to), be ready to have your photo taken as well as your signature. Again, you will be asked again to wait.
- Next step is to pay the fee. The total amount I paid was Php 317. The breakdown of cost is available on the LTO website. Once done, you will have to wait for the last time and you are good to go.
- Last step is for you to claim your student’s permit. You will be asked for Php 25 for the plastic cover with the LTO emblem and sign a tally sheet as proof that they already released the permit.
My wait time in total was more or less and hour. I started the process at around 10:30 AM (I no longer included the time I spent for photocopying my IDs and filling up the form again) and was out by 11:15 AM or something. I was there on a Wednesday so I’m not sure if there is such a thing as peak or non peak hours.
LTO website: www.lto.gov.ph
Link to requirements