Driving in the Philippines
Tourists who hold a driver licence issued by the road authority of their home country are allowed to use that licence to drive in the Philippines for a period of until 90 days after their arrival in the Philippines. If their driver license is not written in English, it should always be accompanied by an official English translation issued by their country’s embassy in the Philippines.
Land Transportation Office – Philippines
Q: I have a valid foreign driver’s license. Can I use it in the Philippines?
A: Yes, 90 days from date of arrival.
How to convert a foreign license to a Philippine license
- Original and one photocopy of valid foreign license. If the foreign driver’s license is not in English, the applicant should submit an official English translation from the local embassy of the issuing country.
- Original copy of valid passport showing the latest date of arrival in the Philippines of the foreign applicant.
- Original and machine copy of valid visa or alien certificate of registration (ACR) if the foreign applicant temporarily resides in the Philippines.
- Original copy of medical certificate with official receipt issued by an LTO accredited or government Physician.
- Negative drug test result issued by DOH accredited drug testing center or government hospitals
- Duly accomplished application for driver’s license (ADL). [Download form is available]
- Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN), if employed, (In compliance to Executive Order 98 & MC ACL-2009-1251)
- Note: If Foreign License is expired, applicant shall undergo written and practical examinations.