In August last year, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) started requiring applicants of student permits to complete a Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) from the agency or from any of their authorized Driver’s Education Centers (DECs).

Attendance and completion of a Practical Driving Course (PDC) is a requirement for anyone applying for new driver’s licenses, or those who already have one but want to add a restriction code.

Many complain that the cost of completing a PDC at an LTO-authorized DECs is just too much. After all, it can range anywhere between PhP2,500 to as much as PhP8,000, depending on the authorized DEC, not to mention the time required to attend, which is time taken off from work.


Fortunately, the LTO offers FREE PDCs to qualified applicants at select NCR West branches.

“We know how determined you are to take advantage of the MOTORCYCLE PRACTICAL DRIVING COURSE (PDC) at our Driver's Education Center (DEC) in LTO NCR West Regional Office and we heard you,” says LTO NCR West, through their official social media page.

According to them, to give the limited slots to those who truly need the motorcycle PDC, the LTO NCR West has modified the selection process to better screen the applicants. Applicants simply need to go to the LTO – National Capital Region official social media account and fill up the registration form link from their post.

To find out what it takes to be selected, we’ve also asked LTO (through email) about their specific criteria for selecting an applicants, but they have not replied to us as of this writing.

Please note that since there are only limited slots available, the registration link may not stay open long, after the announcement of a free PDC. So, to those who wish to avail of the free PDC, stay tuned to the official social media page of LTO NCR.

TESDA

If you’re unable to register in time before it closes, don’t lose hope. There’s another FREE option for completing a PDC. Earlier this year, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The MOA will empower TESDA and its training centers to offer theoretical and practical driving tests equivalent to those offered by the LTO Driver’s Education Centers. Would-be drivers will have a choice between taking TESDA Driving National Certificates courses or those offered by LTO.