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Old 14th August 2019, 10:32 PM
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so you are saying I can't get a local driver license since I can only get a visa for 6 months as a tourist? I wonder why they want a 12 month visa to be able to get a license?

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You can't technically get a DL with a Balikbayan either since the requirement is 30 days plus 12 months.

From my experience the international DL is good enough. They never ask how long you have been in the country. If they ask what your business is here in the PI just say you are visiting.

I guess there is a chance but I am willing to take any small risk like a minimal fine if I got caught.
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... So it unfortunately appears that I will be driving illegally for the foreseeable future.

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While you may get away with it by paying the on the spot no receipt fine in cash, you do run the risk of having your health and vehicle insurance denied coverage because of an illegal act, i.e. no valid license.
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..... I wonder why they want a 12 month visa to be able to get a license?

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The reason I heard on a different forum was that there were many abandoned vehicles bought by tourist visa holders and left at the airport with loans against them.

Not sure how true but one never knows.
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You can't technically get a DL with a Balikbayan either since the requirement is 30 days plus 12 months.

From my experience the international DL is good enough. They never ask how long you have been in the country. If they ask what your business is here in the PI just say you are visiting.

I guess there is a chance but I am willing to take any small risk like a minimal fine if I got caught.
My experience Zep with international drivers licences is they are not worth the paper they are written on nor the 30 buck fee and only valid for 12 months.
In my early days of holidaying around the world I always got an international drivers licence thinking my rear end was covered,,,,, not so. In the states 12/13 years ago I was pulled up by highway patrol, random check, produced my international D/L and the officer said no your drivers licence from your country of origin, the same happened for I.D. to hire that car, this also happened to me many times throughout western Europe and even more recently 8 years ago a couple of times in southern Europe, even as far south as Crete.
Never bothered since and never a problem.

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While you may get away with it by paying the on the spot no receipt fine in cash, you do run the risk of having your health and vehicle insurance denied coverage because of an illegal act, i.e. no valid license.
Yes good call Rick but the car and insurances are in Bens name. In all the years I have driven in PH. have never been pulled over or speeding fines and at Barangay road blocks see me when I roll down the window and usher me on my way. If Ben is driving they ask for his licence.

I, probably like most others feel it is a sad state of affairs that PH. like most civilised countries give tourists the courtesy of allowing the foreigner to drive for 90 days but if one wishes to be a tourist beyond 90 days then (in parenthesis) that visitor/tourist is breaking the law. The inconsistencies not only with this law but a multitude of others beggars belief and then some.
As a very famous physicist stated many times "why is it so" Julius Sumner Miller.
While I simply ask how can this disparity be amended/fixed? Steve, "lefties" probably summed it all up correctly." typical Philippines,typical!!!"

A little to the left but I am sure if I and Ben chatted with our local captain and pulled a few chains I could have a Filipino drivers licence quick smart but guess what? I'm not going to play those games.

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My experience Zep with international drivers licences is they are not worth the paper they are written on nor the 30 buck fee and only valid for 12 months.
In my early days of holidaying around the world I always got an international drivers licence thinking my rear end was covered,,,,, not so. In the states 12/13 years ago I was pulled up by highway patrol, random check, produced my international D/L and the officer said no your drivers licence from your country of origin, the same happened for I.D. to hire that car, this also happened to me many times throughout western Europe and even more recently 8 years ago a couple of times in southern Europe, even as far south as Crete.
Never bothered since and never a problem.

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Well I actually meant the DL from your own country. Forgot there is such a thing as an international one. So I just hand the officer my California DL and they have a big grin on their face and say "International License". I say yeah and then they chit chat for awhile and you are on your way. They never ask how long you have been in country,

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For what it’s worth, I’ve read on other forums that people have gotten a 6 month visa, turn around the next day and get yet another 6 month extension which gives you 12 months. They then went and got a license.
Of course that idea is shot if you’ve already had 1 6 month extension as you cannot get 3 of them in a 36 month period, only 2.
I’ve also heard that in Dumaguete tourists can get one on a regular visa. No idea how long either will fly before they crack down on it.
For a while here you could pay some LTO people in Cebu to waive that requirement but, a bunch of them just got busted for doing it so, that’s probably not an option anymore here. At least for a while. A pretty shady way to get a license anyway. As with anything here, YMMV.

Personally, I don’t even want to drive here in Cebu. Clark yes, here, no. I’m perfectly content in a Grab, sitting back in the A/C and letting them deal with the traffic and crazy driver headaches.
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There is no such thing as an international driver licence. It is an international driving permit which is simply a documnt that translates the details on your licence into several languages so that they can be read in places where they do not understand the language of your driver licence. They are void unless accompanied by your original licence.

Here in the Philippines if your home licence is in English, then you don't need it since they understand English here. Go to the UAE and you need it since most police cannot read English.

rYou will always get away with it with the cops, either they will not know, not care or be more interested in the spot cash fine with no receipt issued. My concren is that if you have an accident with a high claim for medical expenses the insurance company will , naturally, be doing their due diligance in ensuring that they are actually responsable for paying. If the accident happened 91 days or more after you last entered the Philippines they might be able to deny the claim due to an illegal act, driving without a valid licence.

It took me 30 minutes at the QC LTO to walk in and out with my plastic licence in my wallet. I had copies of passport, visa and my medical clearence in hand.

Total cost was 852 plus 200 for the medical, ( and another 32 p each way for the MRT.)
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There is no such thing as an international driver licence. It is an international driving permit which is simply a documnt that translates the details on your licence into several languages so that they can be read in places where they do not understand the language of your driver licence. They are void unless accompanied by your original licence.

Here in the Philippines if your home licence is in English, then you don't need it since they understand English here. Go to the UAE and you need it since most police cannot read English.

rYou will always get away with it with the cops, either they will not know, not care or be more interested in the spot cash fine with no receipt issued. My concren is that if you have an accident with a high claim for medical expenses the insurance company will , naturally, be doing their due diligance in ensuring that they are actually responsable for paying. If the accident happened 91 days or more after you last entered the Philippines they might be able to deny the claim due to an illegal act, driving without a valid licence.

It took me 30 minutes at the QC LTO to walk in and out with my plastic licence in my wallet. I had copies of passport, visa and my medical clearence in hand.

Total cost was 852 plus 200 for the medical, ( and another 32 p each way for the MRT.)
I guess holding a Philippines licence that you aren't qualified to hold would also become a problem. If the claim was big enough for the insurance company to dig into your imagination status they could determine that you were provided with the licence fraudulently and it won't be the issuing LTO that cops the flack.

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