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