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Philippine Driver’s License Certification and Certificate of No Apprehension

UPDATE: We were able to successfully get a Canadian Class 5 Driver’s License without having our LTO Certification stamped by the DFA. Read about that here.

With our departure date inching closer and closer, we’re rushing to accomplish all the last minute errands that are left for us to do.

One major thing that needed to be accomplished was to get our Philippine Driver’s License certified as well as get our Certificate of No Apprehension.

Now, there might be a bit of confusion about this when you do your research. The main issue that comes up is whether you should get your driver’s license certification DFA certified. After doing our research, we decided to just forego having the driver’s license certification DFA certified (we’ll update this post in the future when we find out if we did the right thing or not).

Anyway, let’s go through the steps on how to get your Philippine Driver’s License certification and the accompanying Certificate of No Apprehension.

LTO Central Office (East Avenue) 

First, make your way to the LTO Central Office on East Avenue. It should be easy to find on google maps / waze and is easily accessible.

Philippine Driver's License Certification

I’m not so sure if there’s parking for private cars in the area though since we rode an Uber to get there.

Window 10

Enter the main entrance of the LTO Central Office and make your way to the left side of the compound (the building with the chapel) where they process all other transactions not related to applying / renewing a driver’s license. If you’re not sure just ask one of the many “public assistance” desks and they should point you to the right direction.

You know you’re in the right area when you suddenly find yourself inside an actual church surrounded by offices (I know it’s hard to imagine right now, but you’ll understand when you see it for yourself). Look for window 10. It should be on your right when you’re facing the cross.

Philippine Driver's License Certification

Go up to window 10 and let them know that you want to get your driver’s license certified. They will ask you to provide a photocopy of your current driver’s license. You will then be asked to wait for your name to be called. Unless there are a lot of people, the wait shouldn’t take too long and you will soon be called and given a form to fill up. After filling out the form, proceed to the other side of the church to the cashier wherein you will pay the P100 certification fee. Now go back to window 10 and hand them your receipt.

It was at this point that we got an unpleasant surprise. All the other blogs we read about the topic mentioned that they were able to get their certification on the same day. However, we were asked to return after two days before our certifications would be released. 🙁

Philippine Driver's License Certification

I don’t know if it was because we went there after lunch, but be prepared for this possibility just in case.

Fast forward two days and we finally got our certifications!

Philippine Driver's License Certification

LETAS Building

The next step was to get our Certificate of No Apprehension, which will be done at the LETAS building. To get there, exit the church using the opening at the back and the LETAS building should be the building across the open area. Enter the building and go up to the 2nd floor and make your way to the counters at the end. It should look something like this

Philippine Driver's License Certification

Inform them that you want a Certificate of No Apprehension. They will ask you to submit a photocopy of your current driver’s license and the certification that you just got. (Note that there is a photocopying stall inside the compound should you need it.) You will then be asked to wait for your name to be called. Again, unless there are a lot of people, the wait shouldn’t take too long and you will soon be called and given a form to fill up. After filling out the form, you will be asked to go back to the cashier area in the church to pay. I think this is another P100 or P200, apologies I forget. 😛

Once you’ve paid, go back to the counter at the LETAS building and submit your receipt and photocopies of your license and LTO Certification. You should be able to get your Certificate of No Apprehension after a short wait.

 Philippine Driver's License Certification


There you have it! Hopefully this really helps us lower down our insurance premiums when we decide to drive in Canada. It’s really a pretty simple and fast (for Philippine standards) process. I just wish that we didn’t have to make two trips to the LTO. Maybe going in the morning should help you evade this issue.

Moving to Canada will be a daunting task for anyone and If there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

14 thoughts on “Philippine Driver’s License Certification and Certificate of No Apprehension”

    1. Hi, we will go to LTO next week
      This post is very helpful.

      what purpose did you put on the form for license certification??
      Since you did not have it authenticated in dfa.

      1. Hi Choy!

        The purpose we put is “authentication”

        Also, please note that we did this for the purpose of decreasing our insurance premiums.

        Hopefully, the issue of not having it authenticated in DFA won’t be an issue when I apply for the actual driver’s license.

        Will update the blog as we get more details.


  1. Great, thanks.
    I think this certificate will be useful for the Car insurance policy and not when we apply for a Canadian driver’s license.

  2. We came to LTO around 9am last Wednesday, but we also got the same stub and asked to return after 2 days same time.
    So I think its part of their system.

    We will return today for the license certification and apply for the certificate of no apprehension, hoping waiting time will be short.

  3. Same thing here. Arrived around 8:30am at LTO but was also asked to return after 2 days to claim the certificate (also at 2:00pm). Returned as instructed and I was done with the “Certificate of No Apprehension” in less than 20 minutes. Pretty swift for a government agency.

  4. Hi I have my certification of license and it’s already authenticated I got it last February and now I am in france but I need to get a certificate of non apprehension how can I get it? Do I need to go back in the Philippines? Or I can ask someone to get it? I can get it in the same day or do I need to wait for a few days? And last question do I need to authenticate the cert. Of non apprehension before I will bring it here in france? Hope I can get your response.. Thanks in advance!

      1. Hi Isa!

        For us, we decided to forego DFA authentication and we were able to get our driving credentials authenticated here in Canada without any issues. Not so sure about there in France though.. hope this helps. 🙂

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