Drivers License

Driver’s License renewal in the Philippines

Well, as you all know by now, it was my birthday earlier this week.  This year, it was time to renew my driver’s license again, so I went down to the LTO (Land Transportation Office) last Friday to take care of the task.  I thought I’d share the process with you, so that those of…

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Documents you WILL eventually need in the Philippines

Yesterday, I needed to visit the BIR in order to obtain a Tax ID Number (TIN). This number is used by the government in the assessment and collection of a myriad of taxes here, from income tax to VAT. Now, my income is wholly earned outside of the Philippines, so I’ve never needed to obtain…

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Driving in the Philippines is like swimming in a school of fish

At least that’s what was told to me by a colleague when I first moved here: If you stay with the school, you’re fine. Stray from the group, and you’ll get eaten. Pretty much true. Driving here is different. You essentially throw everything you ever learned about the rules of the road out the window…

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Driving License in CdO

Today’s Guest Column is from Jim Cunningham.  Jim is a long time  of LiP who recently relocated to the Philippines and is now enjoying his retirement in Talakag, Bukidnon. Hi Folks- Before I start this story please bear in mind, I’m a British citizen with a UK driving licence. We arrived at the LTO just…

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I did something that nobody likes!

If there is one thing that virtually nobody likes, it is having to deal with government bureaucracy.  That is true no matter what country you live in.  In a country like the Philippines, though, where things are not so efficient, that is particularly true.  But, yesterday, I had no choice, it was time to renew…

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Do you need to get a Philippine Driver’s License?

If you come to the Philippines for a vacation, did you know that you can drive without need of obtaining a Philippine Driver’s License?  It’s true.  As long as you have a license from your home country, you may drive here using that license.  That, however, is only good for 90 days from the time…

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