A Guide on How to add Restriction Codes to your Driver’s License

By Andrea Nicole

Posted on Aug 03, 2020

Drivers can update their license's Restriction Code (RC) if they would like to operate a larger vehicle. One may check their current restriction at the front of the license card and the list of restrictions at the back.




The following are the qualifications, requirements, and a step-by-step guide to help you with your application in the Land Transportation Office (LTO). 

General Qualifications

  • is both physically and mentally fit to drive a motor vehicle
  • able to read and write both Filipino and English
  • has passed the written and practical exam


For RC 1, 2, 4, 6:

Drivers must have obtained either a professional (PDL) or a non-professional driver's license (NPDL).

For RC 3, 5, 6, 8:

Drivers must be a holder of a professional driver's license that includes restriction codes 1, 2, 4, and 6 for at least six months before their application 

Application Requirements

  • An accomplished Application form for Driver's License (ADL) -- do make sure to write all information in capital letters
  • A hard copy of the online/electronically transmitted Medical certificate following the LTO prescribed form
  • Original and either valid or delinquent driver's license
  • For PDL: Original and valid National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) or Philippine National Police (PNP) clearance
  • For RC 8: Original and (1) photocopy of applicant's TESDA Certification (NC III) with a passing rate

Application Fees

The values for the application fees will depend on if the driver is currently holding a valid or expired driver's license.


For Valid PDL and NPDL holders

Prepare at least PHP 400 for the application, computer, replacement fees. A fee of around PHP 170 is charged per additional restriction code.


For Expired PDL and NPDL holders

Prepare at least PHP 760 for the application, computer, and renewal fee. A fee of around PHP 170 is also charged per additional restriction code. Moreover, additional penalty fees are charged, ranging from PHP 75 to 225.


Step-by-Step in the LTO Office

  1. Request for the Application for Driver's License (ADL), along with the queuing number.
  2. Submit the accomplished ADL to the receiving personnel. The personnel will then relay the application to an evaluator.
  3. Once the evaluator determines the applicant fulfills the qualifications, the information shall then be encoded. A transaction ID shall be generated for the applicant.
  4. Proceed to pay the necessary fees to the cashier and receive the Official Receipt (OR).
  5. Complete the theoretical test on Professional or Non-Professional Basic Driving. The results will be available immediately. (Note: If failed, the applicant can re-apply after 31 days from the last examination date)
  6. If the applicant receives a passing mark on their theoretical test, take the Driving Skills Rater or practical exam assigned to your additional restriction code. (Note: If failed, the applicant can re-apply after 31 days from the last examination date)
  7. If both exam are passed, proceed to pay for the necessary fees.
  8. Wait until the applicant's name is called to conduct biometrics, photo-taking, and signature.
  9. Receive both the OR and DL card from the releasing officer, and sign in the release form log sheet.


Note that you can still use your old license. However, you will be limited to your previous restriction codes.

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