When you lose your LTO driver’s license, it can be a major inconvenience. You may have to take time out of your day to go to the LTO to get a replacement. You may not be able to drive to work or school as it is against the law to drive without a valid driver’s license. A driver’s license is also required for many activities, such as cashing checks or paying using a credit card.
A lot of people have no idea how to replace an LTO driver’s licenses that have been lost, damaged, or stolen. It’s easy and won’t take more than a few hours. This article will cover everything you need to know about the requirements, fees, and the step-by-step process of replacing your lost driver’s license.
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Requirements (Lost/Damaged Driver’s License)
Before you go to the nearest Land Transportation Office (LTO) branch to replace your lost or damaged license, you must first secure the following documents:
1. Affidavit of Loss/Mutilation
Visit a notary public and obtain an Affidavit of Loss if the license is lost or an Affidavit of Mutilation if damaged, from an attorney-at-law. Remember to bring both the original and a photocopy of your government-issued legal ID. Also, keep a record of the day you misplaced your driver’s license because it will be included in your affidavit. In case of a mutilated license, provide the details of when and how the license was damaged. Make it notarized and ensure that the address on your document matches the one on your lost license to avoid problems with verification.
These legal documents will cost you between 150 and 300 pesos, depending on where you obtain them.
2. Valid ID
To confirm that you are the true owner of the missing driver’s license, you would be required to present proof of your identification. Bring a government-issued ID card, such as an SSS, PhilHealth, or TIN card. In the absence of a government-issued ID, a PSA-authenticated Birth Certificate or other legal document proving the applicant’s age and identity would suffice.
3. Mutilated Driver License
If you are applying for a replacement of your damaged LTO driver’s license, bring the damaged or mutilated card with you when you go to the LTO.
4. Driver’s License Application Form
Download the Driver’s License Application Form, then print it. You can also get this form at the LTO branch where you are planning to get your driver’s license replacement. Fill out the application form legibly and provide all the information needed.
Replacing Lost/Damaged License Card at LTO Branch
Now that you have everything you need, head over to the nearest LTO Office to process the replacement of your license. Although it may be tempting to visit the less-crowded satellite LTO Driver’s License Renewal Centers (DLRCs), they are not permitted or unable to handle your driver’s license replacement. They can essentially be processed at any LTO branch except DLRCs.
- Submit your Affidavit of Loss/Affidavit of Mutilation, a copy of your valid ID, and the fully completed Driver’s License Application Form to the Public Assistance and Complaints Desk. They will check to see whether all of the requirements are met before forwarding it to Window 2 (Student Permit/License Driver’s Evaluator) to be validated. Get a queue number and wait for your number/name to be called.
- When it’s your turn, go to the cashier and pay the applicable fees. The lost/damaged driver’s license replacement fee is about 472.63 pesos, which includes replacement, duplicate, certification, clearance, and computer charges.
- Wait for your name to be called once more. When your turn comes, present your official receipt to receive your replacement card. Keep in mind that the issuance of replacement cards varies by office, with some offices issuing them the same day and others a few days later. Be aware that the validity of your replacement driver’s license card will be the same as the validity of the one you lost.
Replace Lost LTO Driver’s License Online
Drivers can also replace their license by making an online appointment with an LTO branch. This is now possible by using the LTO’s online appointment platform, the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).
After getting your Affidavit of Loss/Affidavit of Mutilation, you can now schedule an appointment online through LTMS by following these steps:
1. Using a computer with a good internet connection, access the LTO LTMS on your browser through https://portal.lto.gov.ph/ords/f?p=1200:HOME::::::. If you do not have an LTMS account, you can follow our guide on How to Register to LTO Online System (LTMS Portal).
3. Select the license classification you want to apply for. Choose the Driver’s License option then click the Next button to proceed.
4. On the next webpage, you will select the application type you want to apply for. Choose the Duplicate option then click Next.
5. Here, you need to upload the required document. Use the drop-down button to select the Mandatory-Notarized Affidavid of Loss/Mutilated License option. Select the file from your computer’s folders then click upload. Click the Next button to proceed to the next step.
6. Review the replacement costs and click the Apply button to continue.
7. Choose an appointment date and LTO branch to pick up your replacement license. Pay the replacement fees using your preferred payment channel.
9. After payment, proceed to your selected LTO branch on your appointment date and get your duplicate license.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are the frequently asked questions about getting a replacement driver’s license card.
Do I need to process this as a new driver’s license?
No. This procedure differs from obtaining a new driver’s license because recapturing your photograph and signature is not required.
How much does a replacement driver’s license cost?
Getting a replacement card will cost you around ₱700. The cost of an Affidavid of Lost/Mutilation is from ₱150-300 while the LTO fees are around ₱470.
How long will I have to wait for my replacement card?
This varies depending on the LTO branch. Some branches can provide the card the same day, while others may take a few days.
Do all LTO offices accept applications for missing driver’s licenses?
No, LTO Driver’s License Renewal Centers (DLRCs) are not authorized or equipped to replace your driver’s license. To process your application, go to a provincial or regional LTO branch.
Can I replace my driver’s license if it was stolen or lost years ago?
If it has been a long time since you lost your driver’s license and it has expired by the time you apply for a replacement, you should instead apply for a new one.
Losing your license, or worse, having it stolen, can be quite inconvenient, especially if you need it frequently. By following our simple guide on how to replace it, you can accomplish this as soon as possible. The whole process described above can take as little as 30 minutes or as long as 5 hours, depending on how congested the LTO district branch is. It’s as simple as that. However, it is still preferable not to lose your driver’s license, so always take care of your things.