Gov't rolls out driver's licenses with 5-year validity


Posted at Aug 29 2017 08:52 AM

MANILA - The government on Tuesday started rolling out driver's licenses with extended 5-year validity, as part President Rodrigo Duterte's efforts to cut red tape in the bureaucracy.

Past driver's licenses are valid only for 3 years. Duterte also recently signed a law extending the validity of passports to 10 years from 5 years.

The 5-year licenses will be issued to new applicants in Metro Manila starting Tuesday. It will be expanded to Southern Luzon, Central Luzon and Davao Region next month and nationwide by October, said Land Transportation Office chief Edgar Galvante.

The new licenses will be rolled out gradually to avoid crowding LTO offices, Galvante told DZMM.

Starting next week, the new cards will be issued to those who applied as far back as October, he said.