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What is required to get a license to operate a motorbike? Is it different requirements in other cities or a country wide law?

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think its same countrywide. Took my test in pinas,,passed. If u have a usa bike license u can just change it for pinas. I didn't,was a bigger deal back then

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The main requirement is that you need to be in the Philippines for one month and have a visa good for a further 12 months.
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The main requirement is that you need to be in the Philippines for one month and have a visa good for a further 12 months.
Yep, agree Gary and though "that is the law" helps little for those trying to do the right thing on a 36 month revisited tourist visa, run away then start again. I have mentioned this in other posts that the left hand needs to tell the right hand there is a discrepancy and needs to be remedied. LTO and Immi need to communicate big time.

SRRV, Balakbayan or 13a/b visas can secure but for those availing a generous tourist visa system the answer is no. This needs to be addressed, perhaps the same as opening a bank account to conduct daily business (not laundering monies groan). Welcome to the Philippines where it can be somewhat frustrating to secure retirement/blowing ones hard earned cash and trying to live a dream?
Perhaps others can offer up answers to this frustrating dilemma, I see no answers until laws change and unfortunately will drive illegally here (never take your passport whilst driving). Until I decide on an SRRV or jump the fence and marry a local pinay, already married but means diddly squat here.

My better half with a 500 peso (kellogg's box) drivers license in the Philippines secured an Australian drivers licence with driving lessons and little fuss there after. Never an accident or fine in 5 years. All us expats want is to be able to drive legally without fear of fines/persecution while trying to abide by/with an unattainable legal security devised by the left hand. appears the right hand is blind.

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You are allowed to use your licence from what ever country you are from for a certain amount of time, I think it is 3 months, then you just show your old licence to LTO and they exchange it for a Philippine licence, that is what i did. Another thing do not believe that marrying a filipina is an easy thing, you have to go to the Australian embassy (if you are an Australian) they will check if you are married in Australia or not, then the NBI will run checks also, it take more than didley squat to get married here as there has been so many fake marriages taken place in the Philippines so the NBI has cracked down making it hard for foreigners to marry filipinas.
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I think it is 3 months, then you just show your old licence to LTO and they exchange it for a Philippine licence, that is what i did.
It is 90 days, just doing an exchange is no longer legal unless you meet the resistancy requirements. Balikbayan does not work because you need to meet 13 months in total.
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I wonder if you are right Mark, interesting thought, I simply assumed ignorance to the plight with the likes of myself and I am sure plenty of others trying to abide by the law. So it unfortunately appears that I will be driving illegally for the foreseeable future.

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hey guys,

how do I get a 12 month tourist visa? When I was living there before I had to visit immigration office in Davao city every 3 months to renew. I am coming back again to stay and I have access to a motor bike. So I wanted to use it for transportation.

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Not available, 6 months is the max you can get as a tourist.

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