How To Get an International Driver’s License in the Philippines

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor May 27th, 2020 Posted in Guide for Filipinos, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog No comments

Are you traveling abroad and are planning to rent a car or an RV?  Are you going abroad and buying a car? The Philippine Driver’s License isn’t enough to drive a car out of the country; you need to have an International Driver’s License to drive or even rent a car abroad.

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You don’t need to take a test or review for an exam though; it is quite easy to get an International Driver’s License in the Philippines especially if you have a Philippine Driver’s License. All you need are a few documents, and you are done!

Please note that International Driver’s License is not under LTO (Land Transportation OPffice) but of AAP (Automobile Association Philippines). We will discuss how to get an International Driver’s License in the Philippines.

Requirements for International Driver’s License in the Philippines

  • Original and photocopy of valid Philippine Driver’s License
  • 2 pcs 2×2 colored ID with white background
  • Regular AAP Membership
  • The fee of Php 3,920 (inclusive of VAT)

Additional requirements if OFW:

  • Valid OFW ID
  • An official receipt from POEA with OWWA Membership Fee
  • They are entitled to a 20% discount on AAP Membership

Additional requirements if a Foreign National:

  • original passport
  • photocopy of pages showing latest arrival in the Philippines
  • Alien Certificate Registration (for permanent resident)

If you are not personally appearing

  • Authorization letter
  • Valid ID of representative
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Applying for an AAP Membership

AAP is an affiliate of Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, so if you are an AAP Member, you can get benefits in the Philippines as well as other countries. Benefits include roadside service, personal accident insurance, touring assistance and many more. Just show your card!

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years old and above
  • AAP Membership Application form
  • 2×2 colored picture with white background
  • Copy of your CR (Certificate of Registration)
  • Copy of your OR (Official Receipt)
  • Membership Fee

On-site application

1. Download the AAP application form.

How to get an International Driver’s License in the Philippines2. Print it and Fill-up the necessary information.
Do not leave anything blank, if you can’t answer put “N/A”

3. Go to any AAP office and submit the documents.

4. Pay the membership fee.

1-year Php 2,000 + VAT = Php 2,240
3-year Php 5,000 + VAT = Php 5,600

Get the official receipt to claim it.

5. Comeback for your International Driver’s License or Philippine International Driving Permit

Online application

1. Scan your picture, OR, and CR.

2. Go to this link.

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3. Fill-up necessary information and don’t leave anything blank.
Put “N/A” of not applicable.

4. Upload your scanned documents.

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5. Choose where you want your documents to be processed.

6. Take note of the reference number for your payment.

7. Pay the membership fee.

1-year Php 2,000 + VAT = Php 2,240
3-year Php 5,000 + VAT = Php 5,600

You can pay thru BDO Bills Payment

a. Company name – Automobile Association Philippines
b. Institution code – # 0136
c. Subscriber’s acct number – Reference #
d. Subscriber’s account name – your full name

You can also pay thru online payment thru BPI

Email info@aap.org.ph or call 705-3333 for more assistance on this as you need an AAP membership number and temporary pin.

You can pay thru Cebuana Lhuillier

Fill out the Pera Padala Form:

Sender’s Name: Your Name
Receiver’s Name: AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES INC.
Transaction Type: Collection
Amount: (Amount To Be Paid)
Reference No.: The Reference Number indicated

8. Inform AAP of your payment and claim your International Driver’s License or Philippine International Driving Permit when it is ready.

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Applying for a Philippine International Driving Permit or International Driver’s License

1. Download the PIDP application form.

How to get an International Driver’s License in the Philippines32. Print it and Fill-up the necessary information.

Do not leave anything blank, if you can’t answer put “N/A”

3. Go to any AAP office and submit the documents.

4. Pay the membership fee.

1-year Php 3,500 + VAT = Php 3,920
3-year Php 8,000 + VAT = Php 8,960

Get the official receipt to claim it.

5. Comeback for your International Driver’s License or Philippine International Driving Permit

You may apply online through this link and scan your documents.

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AAP Offices and Processing Time for International Driver’s License

Quezon City Office

1-hour processing
AAP Tower 683 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City 1112
Monday to Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday : 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday : 8:00 AM – 12:00 NN

Makati Office

2 to 3 working days
Unit 102 G/F Metrostar Building, 1001 Metropolitan Avenue corner Kakarong Street
Makati City 1203
Monday to Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday : 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday : 8:00 AM – 12:00 NN

Alabang Office

2 to 3 working days
Mall Entrance, G/F Alabang Town Center, Brgy. Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Lipa Office

2 to 3 working days
Amethyst Bldg, 2nd Flr JP. Laurel Highway Brgy. Tambo Lipa, Batangas
Monday to Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday : 8:00 AM – 12:00 NN

Pampanga Office

2 to 3 working days
Level 2, 21110 Robinsons Starmills City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Cebu Office

4 to 5 working days
105 CRM Bldg., Escario cor. Molave Sts., Cebu City

Davao Office

4 to 5 working days
Room 314, 3rd Floor, SM City Davao, Ecoland, Davao City

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FAQs on the International Driving Permit or International Driver’s License

1. Why do I need AAP Membership, I only need the Driving Permit?

PIDP is an exclusive benefit of an AAP member since emergency assistance by FIA-affiliated associations can be availed if you are one.

2. Where can I drive with a PIDP?

You can drive in almost all countries. However, they will differ on how many years the IDP will be valid for 1 or 3 years.

3. I have a student permit, can I use it?

No, you need to have a Professional or Non-professional driver’s license.

4. When will my IDP Expire?

It depends on how many years you have chosen. However, if it is less than your driver’s license, then it will expire together with it. For example, you have an International Driver’s valid for one year starting January 2019, but your Philippine Driver’s License is valid up to October 2019, then your PIDP will expire in October 2019 too.

5. Can I renew even when I am abroad?

Yes, you can, you need a Letter of Authorization and pay both AAP membership fees and PIDP fees.

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Although it’s a bit pricey, having an International Driver’s License has excellent perks like you can rent a car abroad, drive around wherever you want. Plus being an AAP member, you can ask for help abroad for free as it is a benefit. You can have a Europe trip on a camper van or go on a road trip in the US. The sky is the limit with your International Driver’s License so get one now!

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