When visiting other countries, one of the worries travelers often think about is how to get from point A to point B. How do you maximize your days? What are the places you can go to?
For those who will stay for a short amount of time, there is pressure to tick off as many spots as you can. Most prefer to plan ahead and consider all possibilities they may encounter when commuting. Sadly, some settle to just go to where it’s more convenient and tend to miss out on the beauty of the country they’re visiting.
Having an international driver’s license is as handy as having the best car insurance in the Philippines. You won’t have to worry about how you get to where you want to go. Just pick a rental car that suits you and your budget.
Here’s how you can get an international driver’s license in the Philippines:
Where Can I Apply For A PIDP?
You may acquire a Philippine International Driving Permit (PIDP) at the Automobile Association of the Philippines. They have branches in Alabang, Makati, Quezon City, Batangas, Pampanga, Cebu, and in Davao. Each branch varies in terms of processing time. Some can take as fast as an hour, while others can take up to five working days.
Am I Qualified?
Holders of a valid non-professional or professional driver’s license are qualified to apply for a PIDP. Just make sure to prepare the needed requirements such as:
- An original and a photocopy of your Philippine Driver’s License
- Two (2) pieces latest 2×2 colored ID photo with white background
- For foreign nationals and dual citizens, original passport and photocopies of pages showing the date of your last arrival
- For permanent residents, original passport and Alien Certificate Registration (along with the first three requirements stated here)
- The amount of P3,920 (PIDP fee + 12% VAT)
- For Overseas FIlipino Workers (OFW), valid OFW ID and official receipt from POEA (with OWWA membership fee or OEC) to avail the 20% discount
While it can be challenging to drive in another country, there are many ways for you to overcome this. Get to where you want to go with the help of mobile applications, GPS, and something as simple as asking for directions. Besides, there’s no better way to explore a country than having no time restrictions.