How To: Replace Damaged, Stolen, or Lost PH Driver’s License
Your driver’s license is one of the most important identification cards you need in the Philippines especially if you’re a driver. Without it, you’re not allowed to drive and may face penalties for doing so. It’s also one that’s the hardest to get, especially since you have to enroll in several courses, pass the tests, and pay fees before getting one. But what if it gets damaged, or worse, lost or stolen? Will you need to reapply all over again? Read more to know what you should do in case your Philippine driver’s license gets damaged, lost, or stolen.
For Lost or Stolen Driver’s License
Documents you need to prepare:
- Notarized Affidavit of Loss
- Valid ID
- Accomplished ADL form
- Step 1: Get an affidavit of loss. Secure this from a notary public or attorney-at-law. Make sure that your address indicated on your license and in the affidavit are the same. Bring a valid ID for identification purposes. Affidavit of Loss costs less than Php 500.
- Step 2: Go to an LTO branch that processes lost or stolen Driver’s License. Bring your notarized affidavit of loss and a valid ID. Submit it to the officer at the Public Assistance and Complaints Desk.
- Step 3: Fill out an Application for Driver’s License (ADL) form. Submit for verification afterwards.
- Step 4: Pay your replacement driver’s license card at the cashier. The estimated cost is Php 500.
- Step 5: Get your driver’s license. Note that the schedule of release may vary per branch.
For Damaged Driver’s License
Documents you’ll need to prepare:
- Valid ID
- Affidavit of Mutilation
- Mutilated license
- Accomplished ADL form
- Step 1: Get a notarized Affidavit of Mutilation. Secure this from a Notary Public or attorney-at-law.
- Step 2: Prepare all your requirements and accomplish the Application for Driver’s License (ADL) form in advance.
- Step 3: Go to your LTO branch of choice and submit the requirements at the Public Assistance and Complaints Desk.
- Step 4: Wait for your turn and pay the necessary fees.
- Step 5: Present your official receipt to get your replacement card. Note that the release of replacement cards may vary, as some offices can release them the same day or a few days after.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to process this as a new driver’s license?
Not necessarily. There’s a specific process for a lost or stolen driver’s license. You’re not required to recapture your photo and signature.
How much do we need to have a replacement driver’s license?
Starting from securing an affidavit of loss/mutilation to getting a replacement card, it’s safe to say that it may cost less than Php 1,000 all in all.
How long do I need to wait to get my replacement card?
This varies per LTO branch. Some branches can give the card within the same day, others may take a few days.
Do all LTO offices process lost driver’s license applications?
No. Please go to a regional LTO branch as not all LTO satellite offices process this kind of application.
What if my driver’s license got stolen or lost years ago?
If it’s already expired by the time of application, you’ll need to file for a new driver’s license.
What if I need to revise details on my driver’s license?
The revision fee is P100.
Note: Prices may change without prior notice.
Losing your license or worse, having it stolen or damaged, can be so much of a hassle, especially if you’re using it on a regular basis. But take note that it’s very important to process this as soon as possible. If you had your license stolen, better to report it to the police so that it won’t be used in committing crimes.
Have you tried processing a lost, stolen, or mutilated driver’s license in the Philippines? How was your experience? Share it with us in the comment section below.