Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dad's Review - Driver's License Renewal at SM North EDSA

Update as of 13th of May 2016


Finally! I got my plastic ID. Ironically, today is Friday the 13th. This satellite office is now releasing all pending driver's license IDs renewed last year. For those who renewed their license in early 2016, sorry guys you need to wait for some time though I noticed that new applicants are now getting their ID released on the same day.

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A few weeks back I used my driver's license during my transaction at a Western Union branch in Manila. Later, its staff informed me that my license was already expired so he asked for another valid ID. Upon informing him that I didn't have any other valid ID with me he eventually accepted my driver's license.

It was fortunate that I have learned about this matter through my transaction at Western Union otherwise I would need to shell-out 2,000 pesos in case I would be apprehended for any traffic violation. Because of this, on my next vacation I hurriedly renewed my driver's license at SM North EDSA since my wife had to pay some bills at SM North as well.

I reached the LTO satellite office at SM North at around 1 pm and in less than an hour I have completed renewing my driver's license. However, I need to come back on last week of May to collect my driver's license since the LTO office had huge backlogs due to some legal problems they encountered regarding their plastic driver's license supplier, as I heard from Topgear. In fact the validity of temporary driver's license will be extended up to the actual expiration of the driver's license. See: Here's some good news if you have been issued a temporary driver's license They simply stamped my original receipt "valid as temporary license until 30th of May 2015."

The steps in renewing the license at this LTO satellite office is quite simple not to mention the efficiency of the staff which is commendable for a government agency known for its red tape and corruption.

1. Show your expired driver's license at window 2. Your license will be returned back to you together  with an application form.
2. Proceed to a nearby table and ask for a medical form and pay 200 pesos; prepare exact amount or else you will be asked to wait until the guy has change for your money. If you don't have any pen with you then you can buy it from here for 10 pesos. A queue number for medical test will be given to you after you have completed the medical and application forms.
4. Proceed to the medical room at the back area and wait for your queue number to be called.
5. Your weight will be recorded and eye test will be performed including color identification.
6. After the medical test you need to return all your documents to window 2.
7. Wait for your name to be called from window 1 where your picture and signature will be digitally encoded.
8. After encoding you have to wait again for your name to be called from window 5 or cashier. Since my driver's license has been expired for a few months I need to pay an additional 75 pesos as penalty fee aside from normal renewal cost of 417 pesos.
9. Finally, wait for your official receipts to be released from window 3. The staff manning window 3 will explain when and how your driver's license will be released.

The place is a bit small thus expect some crowds. This LTO satellite office is located near the parking entrance of SM North EDSA.



Update: 1st of June 2015

As expected my temporary license has been extended for another five months.


Update: 30th of Oct 2015

I returned back to LTO satellite office at SM North to collect my ID but to my dismay, the entire office was empty except the guy who was accepting medical fee for doctor examination. He told me that their chief was on vacation and asked me to call next week after the holiday. He stamped my temporary license an extension until 2018.

Extended until 2018

Wohoo! I don't know what to say. My license plates and sticker are not yet available as well.




Update as of November 2016:


This satellite office has been closed for sometime. Hence, don't bother visiting this place anymore for any LTO transactions.






30 comments:

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    1. Digital encoding only of picture and signature.

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    2. No more finger print scanning?

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    3. Thanks for the quick response!

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  2. Do you knw if they are open during weekends? Thanks!

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  3. Hi! Do you happen to know their contact number? Thanks!

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  4. Did you get the ID as of today?

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    1. I just arrived from my work. I am planning to ask for my ID license maybe this week. I will update this post once I receive it.

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    2. Pls update kung me nakakuha na ng license card.nung may pko nag pa renew.tnx'

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  5. I applied sa satellite office nung April pa sabi sa main Kunin dahil mag close na sila. When I got to the main office wala daw abis sa kanila, oh eh sa kukunin? Mukhang may forever sa LTO ---- forever kang magaantay.

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  6. Do they have the cards na kaya at SM North?

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    1. I was too busy during my last vacation hence I wasn't able to visit LTO SM North for my License ID. Anyway, I'll be back in Phils next week and will surely visit this LTO office since my redemption date is October. I will update this post.

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  7. just got my plastic card drivers license today at sm north. renewed my license last july. all those who renewed from feb 2015 to aug 2015 may already claim their ids. unfortunately, they will only print your id on the spot that means you have to fall in line again to claim it. they can only accommodate 250 cards per day so it is best that you fall in line as early as 7am if you do not want to get cramped in their small office for a long time. i arrived at 8am and i was #38. got my license at around 10.30am. hope this helps.

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  8. Thanks for your update! I am now prepared to lower my expectations. :-)

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  9. Read some Facebook posts that plastic licenses for those who renewed from February to August 2015 are not yet available. Anybody can confirm? Will appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

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  10. Went to LTO Trinoma last Tuesday, the man with a small desk by the door says that renewal for drivers licenses must now be at LTO Main. I think he was just a lazy ***.

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  11. oops, i meant LTO SM North Edsa.

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  12. open po ba ngayon ang lto sm north?

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  13. Useful review, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Closed na ba yun sa sm north na satellite office nila? Pumunta kasi ako today sarado na. San pwede kunin yun id?

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    1. Yes. Closed na yung satellite office nila but I think nag transfer lang malapit lang sa sm bowling center

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  15. May contact po ba sila ngayon sa bagong pinaglipatan nila? Thanks. Last June 2015 pa kasi ako nag renew hanggang nagyon wala parin update sa DL ko. I'm from Iloilo kasi kaya pinapasuyo ko na lang sa relatives ko diyan sa QC. Ano po magandang gawin diyan? Thanks.

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    1. Ask mo relative mo na pumunta or mag inquire sa new location ng LTO satellite office sa SM North Annex, beside SM Bowling.

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