I heard some reports last year (2015) that the LTO Ayala Station office where you could renew your license was closed.
However, I went there last May 3, 2016 and was happy to find it open.
You actually don’t even need to start at the LTO office anymore, there are no more forms to fill out for a license renewal. First you go to the medical exam in the office beside LTO, they’ll check your vision and weight.
The medical guys will give you a form which you take back to LTO and hand over your old license. You’ll wait, you’ll get called to have your picture taken and your signature recorded. You’ll wait again. You’ll get called, you pay and that’s it.
Unfortunately they ran out of the plastic mold for licenses, what else is new. LTO Ayala Station though does have you leave your mobile number and they’ll promise to contact you once your plastic license is ready. I’m skeptical they will but let’s see.
The whole renewal process took me less than an hour, it’s much faster now without the drug test which was required before.
So, it’s confirmed, LTO Ayala Station is open!