Renewing Driver’s License for Filipinos Living Abroad: Processes and Requirements

For Filipinos living and working abroad, renewing a driver’s license can be a stressful and inconvenient process. However, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has taken steps to streamline this process, specifically for overseas individuals. Under Administrative Order (AO) No. 88-002, issued on 08 November 1988, the LTO allows overseas workers to validate their expired driver’s license. This means that even if you are abroad, you can still submit the necessary requirements and have your license renewed without the need to return to the Philippines.

Also read: Lost Your Student Driver’s License? Here’s What You Need To Do

By allowing overseas workers to renew their driver’s license remotely, the LTO has addressed the needs and challenges faced by Filipinos living outside the country. This initiative eliminates the inconvenience and stress associated with having to travel back to the Philippines just to renew a driver’s license. This policy provides a great deal of convenience to countless Filipinos who need to maintain their ability to drive while living abroad.


With the streamlined process, Filipinos abroad can easily comply with the necessary requirements and ensure they can continue driving legally and safely. This policy is a testament to the LTO’s commitment to providing efficient services to the Filipino community, regardless of their location.

Advantages of Renewing a Driver’s License Abroad

Renewing your driver’s license abroad has its own set of advantages, especially if you don’t plan to return to the country of issuance anytime soon. Here are some key benefits to consider:

  1. Convenience: Renewing your driver’s license abroad saves you the hassle of returning to the country of issuance.
  2. Flexibility: You can continue to drive legally in your current location without worrying about an expired license.
  3. Avoiding Penalties: Renewing your license ensures compliance with local traffic laws and helps you avoid potential fines or penalties.
  4. International Recognition: A renewed driver’s license is generally accepted and recognized in various countries, making it easier to rent vehicles or drive internationally.
  5. Peace of Mind: Having a valid driver’s license provides peace of mind and reassurance while navigating foreign roads.

What are the Requirements Needed?

If you’re abroad and need to renew your driver’s license, there are certain requirements that must be met:

  1. Photocopies of the passport’s first page, visa page, and departure page (indicating the date of the last departure in the Philippines and the date of the last arrival overseas).
  2. Letter of Authority for the authorized representative.
  3. Photocopy of the driver’s license and the driver’s license receipt (DLR), if available.
  4. Drug-test result
  5. Medical certificate

Application Process

If you are living abroad and need to renew your driver’s license, the process is relatively simple.

Step 1: Validate the driver’s license by issuing a driver’s license receipt (DLR), which will serve as a temporary driver’s license (TDL).

Step 2: Within thirty (30) days upon arrival, the license holder should present themselves at the same office where the renewal was made for photo-taking.

Step 3: Submit the following documents:

  • (a) Driver’s license
  • (b) Drug-test result
  • (c) Medical certificate
  • (d) Photocopy of passport.

Also read: How to Apply for Student Driver’s License in LTO: Initial and Renewal Processing

Where to Renew Your Driver’s License?

(a) LTO, License Section Central Office – located within the National Capital Region

(b) Any LTO District Offices / Licensing Centers – available outside Metro Manila

Choose the most convenient location and get your driver’s license renewed hassle-free.


  • Non-Professional: PHP 585.00
  • Professional: PHP 585.00


a. Non-Professional: PHP 75.00 (1 year) , PHP 150.00 (2 years) , PHP 225.00 (3 years)

b. Professional: PHP 75.00 (1 year), PHP 150.00 (2 years), PHP 225.00 (3 years)

TIPS for Renewing a Driver’s License When Abroad

  1. Check the requirements: Research the specific requirements and documentation needed to renew your driver’s license from abroad. Each country may have different regulations.
  2. Contact the embassy or consulate: Get in touch with the embassy or consulate of your home country in the country you are currently residing. They can provide guidance on the necessary steps and paperwork.
  3. Start the process early: Begin the renewal process well in advance to allow for any unexpected delays or complications. Some countries may require additional processing time for overseas applications.
  4. Gather required documents: Collect all the necessary documents, such as identification, proof of residency, and any additional forms or paperwork required for the renewal process.
  5. Follow the application procedure: Follow the designated application procedure provided by your home country’s embassy or consulate. This may involve submitting forms, paying fees, and providing supporting documentation.
  6. Consider international driving permits: If your current driver’s license will expire before you return to your home country, consider obtaining an international driving permit (IDP) to ensure you can legally drive in the country you are residing.


If you’re one of the many overseas workers who hold a Filipino driver’s license, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a process in place to renew it. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) accepts renewals from abroad, thanks to Administrative Order (AO) No. 88-002. This order, issued way back in 1988, allows overseas workers to validate their expired driver’s licenses without having to return to the Philippines first. So if your license is due for renewal and you’re currently living overseas, don’t worry – the LTO has got you covered.

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