No order for mandatory seminar when renewing

In the morning of March 18, 2021, what appeared to be an announcement from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) made the rounds on social media. It claimed that the agency will now be requiring drivers who are about to renew their licenses to undergo a “reorientation course” before being granted the privilege to drive.

The reorientation course, according to the post, will require non-professional drivers to undergo a 4-hour seminar, while professional drivers will need to undergo an 8-hours seminar. Naturally, this news was not welcomed to many drivers.

To clarify the news, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through assistant secretary, Goddes Hope Libiran, said that the news is not true, though there was a proposal. The LTO is an attached agency under the DOTr.

Wala pang ganon. Proposal pa lang for discussion and consultation (There is no directive for that. There is, however, a proposal which is up for discussion and consultation).”

If it is your birthday and you need to renew your privilege to drive a motor vehicle, all you need to do is to accomplish the medical exam, then proceed to the nearest Driver’s License Renewal Office (DLRO).