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Why Are Married Women Required to Submit Their Marriage Contract to the LTO?

This is ridiculous.
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For no clear reason, married women are being required to submit the original copy of their marriage contract before they could get a student’s permit to drive, according to the requirements set by Land Transportation Office (LTO). 

To be exact, married women must submit an “original and photocopy of birth certificate and marriage contract (for married women) duly authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO)/Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).”

Photo by Land Transportation Office.
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Ironically, minors have an easier set of requirements to fulfill than married women—all they need to procure is a photocopy of one of their parent’s valid IDs and a letter of consent. 

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When we checked the requirements for the non-professional driver’s license, there is no rule requiring women to submit a copy of their marriage license, so why is it required for married women seeking to get a student’s permit? 

However, married women who need to apply for a conductor’s license for public utility vehicles are still required to produce an original and photocopy of their marriage contract. 

Assuming the LTO is requiring women to submit their marriage contract for identification purposes (in case they changed their surname after marriage), a valid ID such as  a passport, voter’s ID, SSS ID, UMID, and many others would invalidate this reason. 

And why are foreign women who are also married not required the same documents? All they need is a passport and their visa. 

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The LTO will have to explain why it is still requiring women to submit their marriage contracts for student permits. 

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Mario Alvaro Limos
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