Starting October, driver's licenses issued in the National Capital Region will be valid for five years, according to GMA News. The Department of Transportation made the announcement via their Twitter account on Tuesday, August 9. Driver's licenses are currently valid for three years.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) spokesperson Cherrie Mercado initially told Philstar that the extension will be applied much sooner. By September 19, those who will renew their licenses in the National Capital Region will have five-year validity, she said. She later retracted her statement, explaining that the date was moved to October in order to give the government enough time to test for possible glitches in the system.
Meanwhile, Land Transportation Office chief Edgar Galvante said this move was in accordance with the president's first State of the Nation Address on July 25, the Manila Bulletin reported. Galvante confirmed that the extended validity will also be applied to areas outside the NCR.
In July, Sen. Ralph Recto filed Senate Bill No. 271, amending Republic Act No. 4136 and Batas Pambansa Bilang 398, in order to extend the validity period of a driver's license to five years.
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