Today is my birthday! Yay! And one of the things I am very mindful of is the expiration of my driver’s license. Let me walk you through my hassle-free driver’s license renewal process.
But before anything else, here’s a back story…
I was planning to renew my license last week when I was in SM Megamall. Sadly, the LTO satellite office in Mega closed down a year ago. The mall guard told me the nearest would be in Robinson’s Galleria.
Yesterday morning, I headed to Robinson’s Galleria at around 10am, as I anticipate the long lines of people renewing their license. True enough, there were about 20 people in line when I got there at around 10:12am.
I fell in line to surrender my old license and get a copy of the application form when the LTO staff told me that I would not be able to get my license today. I was surprised and asked him again: “Ha? Hindi na same day?” To which he said: “Antayin mo tawagan ka namen, isulat mo cellphone mo (as he points on the form).”
I find it a bit odd for this satellite office to ask me to come back again just to claim my license. Imagine the hassle of going back and parking and all. So I decided to ditch the lines in Galleria and transferred to SM Hypermart Pasig.
Thank God I did what I did.
There were NO LINES in SM Hypermart. The crowd was so much more comfortable and it took me less than 40 minutes to renew my license. Below are the steps and fees paid in my license renewal:
Step 1: Write your name down on the registration sheet and surrender your old license to the LTO staff so he can give you an application form.
Step 2: Complete the form and submit to the LTO staff so he can give you a number. Pay Php200.00.
Step 3: Once your number is called, you are up for the eye exam and the staff will be there to check your weight. This process is done in 1-2 minutes.
Step 4: Wait to be called again for your picture taking and digital signature. Go back to the waiting area and wait for your name to be called again.
Step 5: Pay Php418.00 fee at the cashier and wait for license releasing.
That’s about it! Had I listened to that fishy LTO Galleria staff, I would have waited hours to finish my license renewal and even had to come back God-knows-when to claim it.
Anyway, I am just so happy to have successfully renewed my driver’s license in less than an hour. Yay! 🙂
PS, Try not to come between lunch break, that’s 12nn-1pm.
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