How to Get Non-Professional License (with Smart Driving School Assistance)
Disclaimer: Please be advised that I enrolled myself to a formal driving driving school (Smart Driving School). This is the reason why I had their legal assistance when I applied for my Non-Professional driver’s license at LTO Licensing Office in San Juan City. Do note that most driving schools do that as well.
Here are some tips before claiming your assistance from Smart Driving School:
Call/Inform your Driving School – It is better to inform your driving school ahead of time so they will be aware how many of you will be taking the driver’s license exam on the particular date you prefer to take the exam.
Bring all the requirements – In Smart Driving School, you have to present your official receipt with the assessment form and also, your student permit. You will also be needing to prepare 1,400 pesos for all necessary fees. According to Smart Driving School they will pay it directly from the LTO office.
Be on time / Be EARLY! – At exactly 7:00am an instructor from the driving school will check your requirements and after that you will be given an LTO Application Form. This form has a stab attached that indicates that you were enrolled to the driving school. Also, there will be a short briefing on what to do when you get inside the LTO office and what type of questions will you get during the examination.
PS: Once the briefing is over and you’re done filling up the LTO Application form, you can now go to the office directly. It’s a walking distance away from the Smart Driving School. I actually came late so I was interviewed after the briefing while the others were already at the LTO office.
Here are some tips before going to LTO Licensing Office in San Juan:
Review/Take Online Exam – Did you know that more than 50 examinees get failing grades everyday because of being “overconfident”? Take free LTO online exam like http://www.ltodrivingexam.com and http://ltoexam.com or read the reviewer provided by your driving school. If you’re applying for Non-Pro license you need to get atleast 30/40 and for Professional license you need to get atleast 45/60.
Medical Examination – Come early as possible so you would not catch up the very long line outside the medical examination room. Bring extra 200 pesos for your medical examination. It is located inside the LTO San Juan. For those who have poor eyesight, don’t forget to bring you eyeglasses.
Bring Water and Snacks – Government process is such a pain in the ass (Not sure nowadays hehe). Each process takes time and you would not want to go outside to get water or food because at any moment they would call your name. So, aside from water and snacks, I suggest bring extra patience.
Extra Tip: If your way is from Marikina or San Mateo like in my situation, I suggest taking LRT 2 Katipunan/Santolan Station until you get to V.Mapa Station. Beside the station, is the SM Mall Sta. Mesa from there you can walk for 10 minutes or ride a tricycle to Smart Driving School, San Juan Branch. See the map below:
VMapa Station to Smart Driving School
Google Map link: http://bit.ly/2jxgrls (V.Mapa Station to Smart Driving)
My Experience (LTO Office Licensing San Juan):
8:20AM – MEDICAL: Once I got my application form at Smart Driving School, I immediately went to the LTO Office San Juan for my medical examination. I was late by that time so I had to line up with other applicants outside the medical room. While waiting for my turn I was answering my application form and preparing my other documents as well. The doctor asked me to read the letters on the wall for the eye vision test then asked me some questions regarding my health and he also checked my height and weight. After that I went to the other table to pay 200 pesos for medical examination fee. The medical examination is faster than what I expect it to be.
8:40AM – INFORMATION: After the medical examination they asked me to go to the “Information Section” to pass all of my documents with the medical examination result. This section is located beside the entrance of the LTO Office. After I passed all my documents to them, they asked me to go to the waiting area and wait my name to be called for the next step which is the picture taking and signing.
PS: As what I can remember while waiting, I noticed that if you do not have the legal assistance of a driving school they will review it first. And once your name is called by the evaluator he/she will ask to you go to Window 10 (Cashier) to pay your application fee.
9:20AM – PICTURE TAKING & SIGNING: Since I had the legal assistance of Smart Driving School I didn’t have to wait for my application to be evaluated and to pay my application fee at the cashier (Window 10). After several minutes of patiently waiting they called my name on the window number that I would go to. I immediately went to window 8 and they asked me to remove my eyeglasses for picture taking. They also get my digital signature that also appear on my driver’s license.
10:30AM – EXAMINATION: For me, this is the most stressful part of my experience in LTO Office San Juan. I was waiting for my name to be called for more than an hour. By that time I didn’t want to go somewhere because anytime they would call my name and if missed it, I would probably miss my examination too. I remember, our instructor advised us that LTO Office San Juan had technical issues with their system before the day we took the exam. So we had to prepare for massive amount of people lining up inside the office and bring extra patience, he added. After waiting for more than an hour, they released a set of names that would go next on the examination room. Inside the examination room there is a waiting area for those who want to review before taking the exam. In front of us there was this table with folders with reviewers provided by LTO Office San Juan and we could choose the type of reviewer that we want (English or Tagalog). Once my name is called by the examiner they asked me to choose my prefer seat while they preparing my test paper. For me, the examination was pretty easy you just have to use your common sense and most questions can be found on the reviewer. After taking the exam, the examinees were asked to go to the ground floor to wait for the test results.
11:00AM – TEST RESULT: Our instructor on Smart Driving School called each one of us for the result of the exam. YES! I got 39/40! It was already an achievement for me but seriously, my goal that day is to perfect the examination. Also, our instructor asked each one of us if we wanted to get the motorcycle code in our driver’s license. We just have to add 200 pesos, no need for practical exam. I accepted his offer just in case I need to use a motorcycle someday. So I get my driver’s license with the restriction code of 1 & 2.
PS: To those who were not enrolled to any driving school, I’m not sure if you would be able to see your score once you get the result of your examination and also, if your are able to add a motorcycle(1) restriction code on your driver’s license.
12:40PM – ID RELEASING: This part was also stressfull! Almost 2 hours of waiting just for the ID releasing process. By that time they called our names we were all expecting that we would get a PVC ID type license but no, we just got a temporary license receipt from them. Also, what annoyed us most was that, they offered us to buy a plastic card holder for our ID license. Like, are they even serious? They gave us a receipt and they have the audacity to sell that plastic card holder for 20 pesos. So, after I received my license I went back again to window 1 to ask what exactly the date on when we can get our PVC type ID license. To my surprise, they informed me that they will release it after 3 months. Wow. Horrendous.
Even though my experience was not that great atleast I was able to share you some tips and my own personal experience when I applied for my first Non-Pro driver’s license in LTO Office San Juan. So, What are your experience? Comment down below!