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LTO- local driver's license conversion

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  1. DeputyDawg

    DeputyDawg DI Junior Member Infamous

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    It depends on which LTO office you go to first. I got my drivers license in Tacloban with no problem the 1st year I was here in the Philippines. However, they only issued a paper license and told me they had to send my application to Manila to get it laminated there, because they did not have a laminating machine. That was in 2015. I lived there in Tacloban for 3 more years, checking back annually with the Tacloban LTO and each time they informed me that my laminated driver's license had not yet arrived from Manila. After the third year I asked them for an explanation and they told me that Manila informed them they were out of stock of plastic for the laminating machine. So in 2018 I moved to Dumaguete and presented my paper drivers license to the LTO here in hopes they were not out of stock of plastic and was told they could not issue me a local drivers license because I already had one from Tacloban and the only way to get a new license here locally is if I lost the first one from Tacloban. I told the clerk okay... I will lose that drivers license and he said if I lost it I would have to hire an attorney and file a form for a lost drivers license, pay a fine, and then after several months file another form and I would then eligible for a new local license and in total it would perhaps take about a year to receive my laminated drivers license due it being lost. The clerk understanding the look on my face and how truly absurd their policy is, decided to call the Tacloban LTO office and they told him they now had a laminating machine and if I returned to their office in Tacloban they could issue me a drivers license after 5 long years. I thanked him for his kindness and time and left. So my wife and I began planning an enjoyable trip to Tacloban to see the island of Leyte, because my wife has never been there, but then Covid-19 struck, so we have never gone. Bottom line: if you submit paperwork to get a drivers license and get a paper license, be joyous they accomplished that and do not move, because you can only get the laminated version of your paper license at the same exact office that processed your documents.
     
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    Thanks for highlighting this important point. I will check tonight :wink:
     
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    You just don't know whether to laugh or cry.

    I knew a UK teacher who went to Africa (I forget which country) and every time he needed a new light bulb for the classroom he had to fill out forms and then travel about 100 miles to get it. He was allowed only one at a time.
     
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  4. DeputyDawg

    DeputyDawg DI Junior Member Infamous

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    Yes I agree, but in most cases laughter seems to be the best medicine.
     
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    Heard about that, he got the wrong wattage and went back for a higher wattage but the store was out of stock time he got back there.
     
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    You knew him as well?

    But at least he was polite and said "Amping" before he left.
     
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