Change driving licence from British to Filipino. Some time ago my friend Ozii (lawyer) from Dumaguete said I should change driving license from British to Filipino. If I plan to stay here for a long time, of course. Because in the case of any problems, in an accident, for example, a lot of unpleasantness can be avoided. She said that my English driving license is not valid in the Philippines .Why ? I am here longer than 6 months and I do not have a driving license according to the Philippine law, and my participation in such a case may end my holiday in prison.
Somehow I did not do anything about it for 6 months, I did not have time. The whole time was busy either visiting the island or work, diving or other attractions (haha eternal holiday).
Finally, I decided to change my driving license and I heard from my friends that I need a doctor’s certificate. I went to the hospital for such a statement and they told me that if I want get a doctor’s certificate I need to do a drug test in the lab. I went to the lab to do this test and with this document back to the doctor.
They checked the pressure, the eyes, asked me if everything was fine with me, I said yes and I received the certificate. WOOOW
Visiting local LTO to change driving licence from British to Filipino
The same day I went to the local LTO in Siquijor.
Queue of 30 people, but what can I do ? I need to wait … 🙂 temperature of about 40 degrees in the sun and suddenly some lady asked me to come up. It looked like I was skipping the queue.
And I did it, it happened a many times in the Philippines. When they see white man you going first. Sometimes it’s just about money, but often they want to be polite and hospitable. Believe me or not Philippine people are incredibly hospitable and open people.
My friend, who was with me he had a Polish driving license and I had English. Before we go to lto I knew that I can get a Filipino driving license right away and my friend must provide an English translation, but he has also a second option. He can get temporary driving license for one month and then he can come and get a normal driving license.
Problems in LTO
Everything would be fine but there was one problem. No one listened to me in this LTO. I said that I have an English driving license but they did not even want to see them. When I got to the room where they are taking photos, I told the guy there that no one was listening to me and explained that I have an English driving license and then they stopped doing the provisional driving license for me and went with me to the lady who finally check my driving license and said that I have to translate my English driving licence to English. hahah that was good.
I was surprised by this. I asked her again. Is that means that I have to bring to you the translation from English to English? It does not make any sense, and after my pressure to make sure she is right, she went to her boss for consultation.Some of the main head of this local LTO and he said that I do not have to translate, he allowed to issue a Filipino driving license. Haha full of satisfaction that Szpaku reached his goal, I went to take a photo. Such a special room and there I had to give two 2×2 cm photos. I do not know why, because they take photos up there. But its ok.
What about my all Categories in British Driving Licence?
The guy typed my data into a computer and I used the second monitor which was for my view to see how he typed in and when something wrong I had to shout. So I did it when he entered my categories. On the English driving license I have categories A, B, C, E, C + E on Filipino, this is 1, 2, 3, 5. This man gave me only 1,2 means our A, B so I told him I have more of these categories and give them all to me but he said he can not. I asked why?
Because I am a foreigner and only Filipinos can have these categories in the Philippines. Hahah. Yes, dear. You can’t get all of the categories because they care about their jobs and if I will get C + E then I could drive lorries on the philippines for money, so they do not give this category to me. Haha My. Question. What if I would like to buy a truck and drive in the philippines, just for fun, for example, because I like big lories? You can’t drive. He told me that I can’t
What do you need to change your driving license from British to Filipino
Getting a driving license in the Philippines takes 1 day
What you need:
- Drug test
- A certificate from a doctor
- A copy of your driving license and passport
- 2 pictures with dimensions of 2×2 cm
- About 800 pesos
- be patient and relaxed
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Thank you and best regards from paradise
Szpa Ku & Quenne