Verification of Philippine Driver's License
Filipinos holding a valid Philippine Driver’s License may have their license cards verified with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, Taichung, or Kaohsiung. Should they intend to have their Philippine Driver’s License converted to an equivalent Taiwan Driver’s License, interested Filipinos are reminded to inquire with their nearest Taiwan Motor Vehicle Office as regards the process and requirements for conversion prior to visiting any MECO office.
The Motor Vehicle Office will require either (a) the authentication of the Driver’s License by the Philippine Land Transportation Office and the subsequent translation thereof from English to Chinese or (b) the verification of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office of the authenticity and due issuance of the license. Thus, prior confirmation by the license holder with the Motor Vehicle Office is recommended.
VERIFICATION OF PHILIPPINE DRIVER’S LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Valid Philippine Passport
– original and two (2) photocopies of the data page
Valid Alien Resident Certificate
– original and two (2) photocopies (the front and back sides should be printed on a single page)
Duly-Issued Driver’s License
– original and four (4) photocopies (the front and back sides should be printed on a single page)
Duly-Issued Receipt for the Issuance of the Driver’s License
– original and two (2) photocopies
Clients are warned of so-called “fixers” and grifters posing as public officers and offering LTO services to the unsuspecting public. Please be reminded that the issuance of a driver’s license card requires test-taking and personal appearance before any branch of the LTO in the Philippines. Payment thereof should not exceed One Thousand Pesos (PhP1,000.00). Fake license cards may be confiscated and reported to the LTO for further investigation and appropriate action.
For a more seamless processing of transactions, clients are encouraged to book their appointments in advance here.
Q: I am a holder of a valid Philippine driver’s license and I want to drive here in Taiwan but I do not have an international license. How do I go about this?
A: A holder of a valid Philippine driver’s license should inquire first with the Motor Vehicle’s Office (MVO) to confirm the requirements for the issuance of a Taiwan driver’s license. Should the Taiwan MVO allow the conversion of the valid Philippine Driver’s License as verified by MECO, we can verify the authenticity of the Philippine Driver’s License upon submission of the following:
1. Philippine Driver’s License that is valid for at least one (1) month and four (4) photocopies, front and back in one (1) page;
2. Official Receipt of the Driver’s License and two (2) photocopies;
3. Valid Philippine Passport and two (2) photocopies of the data page; and
4. Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) and two (2) photocopies, front and back in one (1) page.
Q: Can MECO convert my Philippine driver’s license to Taiwan driver’s license?
A: No. Conversion to Taiwan driver’s license is under the authority and discretion of the Taiwan Motor Vehicle Office. MECO can only verify a Philippine driver’s license but cannot convert the same for use in Taiwan.
Q: I have a Philippine driver’s license, but I don’t have a physical card yet. Can I have my license verified?
A: No. As of the moment, MECO can only verify the authenticity of a physical driver’ license card.
Q: I have a valid Philippine driver’s license, but I lost the receipt for it. Can I still have my license verified?
A: Yes. A copy of the Official Receipt can be downloaded from the LTMS Online Portal of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). However, if there is no record of the receipt in the LTMS Online Portal, a Certification issued by the LTO bearing the details of the license can be presented instead.