Is your driver’s license up for renewal? If so, then you must first take the Comprehensive Driver’s Education (CDE), which the Land Transportation Office has already made mandatory, before your application can be processed.
The CDE is in line with the implementation of Republic Act No. 10930, which allows the LTO to extend the validity of a license to 10 years for motorists with no record of traffic violation prior to its renewal. On the other hand, those who have been cited for any offense can only qualify for the five-year validity.
Early last year, LTO-accredited driving schools were told to prepare modules on the CDE. According to our sources, many of these facilities are ready to roll out the online training starting tomorrow after the licensing agency activates the CDE component of the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS).
Here are some of the frequently asked questions regarding the new requirement:
First things first: the CDE is not the same as the Theoretical Driving Course (TDC), which is also a requirement by the LTO. The former is required for individuals who will renew their license, while the latter is for applicants of the student-driver permit. The training modules were developed by the LTO and were shared with their duly-accredited driving schools.
How long will the lecture take?
Those applying for the CDE can finish the seminar in five hours or less, while the TDC takes at least 15 hours. Both online trainings are conducted by LTO-accredited driving schools.
How much is the enrollment fee?
Because CDE sessions are shorter, it only costs around P1,000 per student. For comparison, TDC enrollment fees range from P1,500 to P2,500 depending on the school. However, LTO chief Edgar Galvante said he will appeal to the riding schools to lower the fees on the CDE webinar.
What’s in store for the applicant?
The CDE is considered as a refresher course on what student-drivers learned when they first enrolled in a driving school. It deals with road safety, traffic laws, driver’s responsibilities, defensive driving, traffic rules and regulations, along with the corresponding penalties.
On the other hand, the TDC covers topics like the important components of automotive parts and their respective functions.
Is there a grading system?
Yes. There’s a certain percentage the applicant needs to achieve for him to earn the passing mark. And only by accomplishing the written exam will you be able to go home with a CDE certificate.
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