Passports and Drivers License Validity Extended in Philippines

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill into law extending the validity of passports and drivers’ licenses.

Duterte signed the law on Aug. 2, extending passport validity from five years to 10 and drivers’ licenses from three years to five.

The law also orders the Department of Foreign Affairs to ensure the system of passport processing is “seamless, convenient and pro-people.”

However, the Department of Foreign Affairs can limit validity to less than 10 years in the name of economic interest or political stability.

The law also imposes stricter standards on who can be issued a license.

Additionally, those who issue licenses to unqualified applicants can be removed from their post.

This bill was identified as a priority by Duterte in his State of the Nation Address in late July.