We have learned that the Philippine LTO (Land Transportation Office) in most cases does not accept certified translations from private translation companies.
The reason is supposedly that a license translation does not provide sufficient information about the type of vehicles that the license holder is allowed to operate. For this, an in-depth understanding of the vehicle categories and limitations as defined by German/EU regulations is necessary. Therefore, the German Embassy in Manila offers drivers license translations for a fee of P1,500 (as of September 2013). These translations are generally accepted by the LTO.
The above information is based on oral communications with the German Embassy, LTO and some of our recent clients. We are not liable for the accuracy of this information. If you learn of any different or additional information please contact us at our Manila translation office so that we can correct any errors and/or update the information on this page.