Summary: It only took me less than an hour to renew my driver’s license including the medical checkup process.
Okay… story time!
Since last year, I was worried that I might end up renewing my driver’s license at an LTO branch with no available plastic cards to print our details; area with no aircon; a branch where I will wait for hours to be called; medical clinic where they’ll ask for urine sample to test (um, because I don’t have any that I can provide them :lol:).
I asked around where is the best place nearby our place where I can easily renew my driver’s license with zero problems. Most of the comments I’ve received are trying out at LTO Sucat or their satellite renewal centers located at Alabang (Las Piñas, are they in the same place?), MOA, FTI, Metro Mall Pasay, Ayala MRT LTO branch. Farther locations are in SM North, Global.
So I was down to choosing between the two that are closer to where I can and want to go to: LTO Sucat and Ayala MRT locations.
- Won’t have to wait for hours = ✓ at Ayala MRT (I waited for hours at LTO Sucat)
- Able to print plastic cards for renewal = ✓ at Ayala MRT (LTO Sucat printed my card in a card though)
- Not too hot while I wait for my turn aka place with aircon = ✓ at Ayala MRT (years ago, LTO Sucat didn’t have aircon and the queue was long that I had to be there at 7AM)
- Medical clinic nearby and can do all the required tests = ✓ at Ayala MRT (LTO Sucat had a nearby clinic too)
- Won’t ask for my urine sample 😂 = ✓ at Ayala MRT (I think I provided a urine at LTO Sucat)
- Can do window shopping after my ID renewal = ✓✓✓✓✓ at Ayala MRT branch is literally close to SM Makati and Glorietta 😂 (LTO Sucat has a mall closeby not nearby, so no)
The place was in a good shot with my mom because the place has aircon, so waiting there will be a breeze. Also not many people waiting for their turn. You can consider they’re closing soon because of the lack of people coming in. Hahaha!
I believe I saw a sign that they are open on Saturdays.. but I am not too sure if they actually follow that since they are a government office after all. There is Google for the exact requirements needed to renew, but as for me I brought my usual government IDs (PWD, UMID), old driver’s license and receipt, patience.
Next, we left last Friday going to Glorietta and walked our way to the MRT station. We left a few hours late from home from the planned 8AM time. We were there around 10AM. I finished 10:30AM.
Coming in a few hours late wasn’t that bad, though I was worried on our way there, because there might be a lot of people waiting for their turn just like I would.
It felt fun walking and feeling normal again just like the old days. Yep, just a simple stroll around the mall was enough for me to consider it “like the good old days”.
Anyway, when we got there I was so happy there weren’t many people (not even close to 15 people) waiting. I took out my expired license, receipt and stumbled while doing so. I felt so embarrassed at this because I definitely looked like a newbie doing so. It’s been a loooong time, that’s why.
They gave me a small form to fill up, I submitted it to the lady at Window 1 but she told me to go to the medical clinic located next door first. I wasn’t aware, I asked my mom if there is one because she is outside. She came with me inside the clinic. I paid the fee and after that we came inside the clinic.
Back inside the LTO office..
- Window 1, 2, 3, 4: I keep mishearing what they were saying, ashamed to ask if they could say it again.
- Window where I am asked to look at the webcam for my photo: “Should I go now?”, “Am I done?”, “Where do I go next?”
- Payment area: “Are you going to call me when I’m done with this?”, “When?”
- Random employee calls me: “Aren’t you a PWD? You should sit over there so you get called first.” I did, but they still called me according to when my card was printed.
- Window where they’ll ask me to scan my thumbprints: *looks at the info written on the screen eyes squinted* “Um ok, that looks good”, I say to the person.
- Medical test: *Looks at the eye test thing* “Yeah please move it a little, I can see it better that way.”
Medical certificate/checkup fee: Php 350
I doubt the medical test was any serious at all. They did a simple eye examination, had my read the letters from their chart. Then in this little booklet they asked me to read the numbers. Next they took my blood pressure. As I was expecting, I got a reading far from the normal rate: 150/100. She asked me if I was nervous.. but before she did, I explained to her that I haven’t taken my maintenance medicines yet. Again she took the blood pressure and now it shows up at 140/100. I guess that’s the last because they gave me my medical certificate, completed. Again, it’s weird that the results are near perfect even though I had moments that I wasn’t confident with the results.
Pfft. Why was I even worried about this test? What I should have been worried about is the urine sample test – that one I didn’t have. They must have removed it because that is gross.
NEXT! I came back to the LTO renewal office at Window 3 to pay for the renewal form submitted with the expired card, license receipt, medical certificate with receipt, PWD card as additional gov’t ID.
Renewal fee: Php 723.63 (let’s just round this up to Php 724)
There are additional fees if you are renewing and your license is expired for a (1) year or more, or 2 years-long (might have to go back to getting a student’s permit for this). Renewing if your license is 1-2 years old costs old this is why I intend to renew it close to the expiration day. I think it’s odd the expiration date is on our birthday, even if you renew it months before or after the date.
There are parts (I forgot if these are Windows 2 and 3?) where they ask me to take a photo and signature and another where they ask to take another photo and my thumb prints and signature plus to check the details for the database I guess. Those are needed.
Around 10 minutes I waited for my card to be printed. I’m so glad I picked a place where they print cards! Again, there weren’t many people waiting but I was listening closely to my name being called. I took my card with the new receipt and bought a plastic case for it (my black leather-ish case from the previous ID got torn apart, costs me Php 25) and hurriedly left outside.
Hurriedly left outside that I FORGOT to take a photo of the place for blog purposes. For meta and Google purposes. Tsk. Maybe I’ll edit this in the future to add the photos.
Total cost: Php 1,099.00 (renewal fee + medical certificate + plastic case (last one is optional))
This my sound and look silly but I was like…