How to Renew Your Car Registration with the LTO

Rouselle Isla

Rouselle Isla

Last updated November 07, 2022

Buying a car is one thing―registering it is another. Before you hit the road with your brand-new car, formalize your ownership through the LTO car registration. Similarly, you need to do your LTO car registration renewal if you have an existing car. Failure to do these things will result in fines and trouble with the traffic authorities.

We understand that the LTO car registration process can be quite complicated. But you can make things easier if you know where to start. Get through the system by following this step-by-step guide, which will cover the following:

  • New car registration
  • Renewal of registration
  • Registration via LTO’s online platform

LTO Car Registration Process for New Vehicles

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Many car dealers in the Philippines offer a free three-year LTO registration for a newly purchased car, without additional cost to their customers. Car owners will then process the renewal on their own with the LTO three years after the initial registration. 

If you don’t have this special deal or arrangement, you can still do the legwork and register your brand-new car yourself. Below are the steps on how to register a car in LTO.

Step 1: Prepare the Required Documents

The following requirements are for the following vehicles: brand new locally assembled, manufactured completely built units (CBU), imported CBUs, and brand-new local imported trailers.

  • Original sales invoice
  • Original LTO copy or electronically transmitted appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (Third Party Liability)
  • Original Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR)
  • Original PNP-HPG MV Clearance Certificate and Special Bank Receipt (SBR)
  • Payment Reference Number if payment is made through e-PAT

Remember that each type of vehicle has a set of additional requirements.

Additional Requirement for Brand-New Motorcycle with Sidecar:

Original Affidavit of Attachment for sidecar executed by the owner and the mechanic who attached the extension. This document should include the date of completion.

Additional Requirements for Tax-Exempt Vehicles

  • Original duly accomplished Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Certificate of Compliance to Emission Standard (CCES) if the unit is used-imported
  • Certified true copy of Release Certificate if the unit is used-imported
  • DFA Endorsement

Additional Requirements for Used-Imported Vehicles (Exempted from EOO 156/877)

  • Photocopy of commercial invoice or Certificate of Title with English translation authenticated by the Embassy
  • Original duly accomplished Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Certificate of Compliance to Emission Standard (CCES)

Additional Requirements for Vehicles Acquired Through the No Dollar Importation (NDI) Program

  • Photocopy of commercial invoice of the vehicle or Certificate of Title issued by the country of origin
  • Original or certified true copy of Authority Under the No Dollar Importation. If there’s no authority, Seizure Proceedings and Notice of Award will suffice
  • Original affidavit of first and last importation
  • Original duly accomplished Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Certificate of Compliance to Emission Standard (CCES)
  • Certified true copy of Release Certificate

Additional Requirements for Rebuilt Trucks and Buses (With New or Used Imported Engine and/or Chassis)

  • Photocopy of commercial/sales invoice from the country of origin
  • Original Affidavit of Rebuilt executed by the accredited rebuilder with the date of completion
  • Original Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR) of the rebuilt vehicle
  • Certified true copy of endorsement from DTI-FTEB
  • Photocopy of Certificate of Payment in case the vehicle’s parts and components are imported

Additional Requirements for Vehicles Acquired Through Public Bidding

  • Certified true copy of the Notice of Award
  • Certified true copy of Official Receipt proving the payment of acquisition cost

Step 2: Visit an LTO Office Near You

Not all LTO branches process new vehicle registration. Below are some of the branches that do.

LTO Branches for Car RegistrationAddressContact Number
Makati LTOButel Building, 9624 Pililla, Makati City8895-8678
LTO National Capital Region-EastLTO Main Compound, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City(02) 924 6763
Pasay District Office LTODomestic Road, Pasay City(02) 8851-0987
LTO NCR20 G. Araneta Avenue, Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Quezon City(+63) 8273-3628
Navotas LTOGen. Gas Plant  Building, Fishport Complex, North Bay, Navotas City8283-3510
Mandaluyong LTO121 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City8523-2726

Note: Get in touch with the offices first through their phone number or social media pages before proceeding with your LTO car registration.

Step 3: Submit All Required Documents

Proceed to the transaction counter and submit all required documents to the evaluator for assessment and computation of fees.

Step 4: Submit Your MVIR

Wait for your vehicle to be inspected by an LTO officer. Submit your MVIR (Motor Vehicle Inspection Report) right after.

Step 5: Pay for the Car Registration Fees

How much will it cost to register your car with the LTO? Here’s a quick breakdown of the fees you should expect.

  • Initial fee: ₱1,000/category
  • Stickers and tags: ₱50 each
  • Regular plate: ₱450

Take a look at this list for other fees you may possibly cover.[1]

Step 6: Receive Your Certificate of Registration, Plates, and Stickers

Get your Certificate of Registration, plates, stickers, and other documents at the Releasing counter.

Remember that it’s necessary to register your vehicle before taking it out for a drive. LTO has a “No Registration, No Travel” policy that prohibits vehicles from traveling without a license plate. Penalties can be high, so don’t skip the LTO car registration process.

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LTO Renewal Process for Existing Vehicles

Your initial LTO car registration is valid only for three years. Once it expires, you need to renew on schedule to avoid a weekly fine of ₱200. For a month's delay in payment, the fine will be 50% of the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC).

Additionally, if you get caught driving an unregistered vehicle, you’ll pay a hefty fine of ₱10,000. You’ll incur more penalties if you don’t renew your car registration right away, which is why the LTO constantly issues reminders to all vehicle owners regarding their car registration renewal. 

LTO Car Registration Renewal Extension 2022

In an advisory issued by the Land Transportation Office, vehicles with license plates ending in 0 will be valid until November 30, 2022.[2] 

The LTO has already extended the car registration of those with license plates ending in 7 and 6 in the past two months. License plates ending in 9 remained valid only until October 31, 2022. 

Still, you can’t just drive to an LTO office and file for renewal. There’s a way to determine your LTO registration schedule, and it all depends on your license plate. 

With that, give yourself at least one to two months to prepare the necessary documents. That way, you stress yourself out at the last minute.

To know the schedule of your renewal, just look at your plate number. Its last digit corresponds to the month you need to renew your vehicle.

MonthLast Digit of Your Plate Number
January1
February2
March3
April4
May5
June6
July7
August8
September9
October0

The second to the last digit of your plate number, on the other hand, corresponds to the weekly deadline for your car registration renewal.

WEEK 2ND TO THE LAST DIGIT OF YOUR PLATE NUMBER
1st to 7th working day 1,2,3
8th to 14th working day 4,5,6
15th to 21st working day 7,8
22nd to the last working day 9,0

If your vehicle, for example, has a plate number of 895, your renewal deadline is from the 22nd to the 31st of May. You can renew your car registration a month before its deadline.

General Requirements

  • Original LTO copy or electronically transmitted appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (Third Party Liability)
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Original Copy of Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC)
  • Early warning device (may be required during vehicle inspection)

Also, each type of vehicle has a set of additional requirements.

Additional Requirement for Tax-Exempt Vehicle

Original Endorsement with control number

Additional Requirement for Other Exempt Vehicle (OEV) under Special Economic Zones

Original certification that proves the motor vehicle is still classified as an OEV

Additional Requirements for Vehicles Used for Rentals (For Hire Units)

  • Electronically transmitted franchised confirmation or Provisional Authority (PA) or petition for an extension of validity duly received by the LTFRB with OR
  • Certified copy of the Valid Motorized Tricycle Operator’s Permit (MTOP) with Official Receipt

Additional Requirements for Stolen and Recovered Vehicles

  • Presentation of the original and submission of a photocopy of the Lifting of General Alarm
  • Presentation of the original and submission of a photocopy of the Report of Recovery
  • Presentation of the original and submission of a photocopy of the Alarm Sheet
  • Original Certificate of re-stamping in case of tampered engine/chassis
  • Original PNP Crime Laboratory (macro etching report) or National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) report fully identifying the motor vehicle and stating therein the tampering done on the engine or chassis, if any

LTO Car Registration Renewal Process in the Philippines

The LTO car registration renewal process is practically the same as when you register your car for the first time. Your vehicle just needs to go through an inspection and emission test to acquire a Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC).

As for the servicing LTO branch, you can renew your car registration at any LTO online district/extension office.

LTO Renewal Fees

The fees for LTO renewal are the same as that of the initial registration, but you also have to pay a renewal fee of ₱400.

Under Republic Act No. 8794, you also need to pay the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC), commonly known as a road user tax, when registering your car. The amount collected from MVUC will be used as funding for conducting adequate maintenance of the country’s national and provincial roads.

MVUC for Private and Government Vehicles

Categories Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) MVUC

Passenger Cars

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Heavy
  • Up to 1,600 kg
  • 1,601 to 2,300 kg
  • 2,301 kg and above
  • ₱1,600
  • ₱3,600
  • ₱8,000
Utility Vehicles
  • Up to 2,700 kg
  • 2,701 to 4,500 kg
  • ₱2,000
  • ₱2,000 + 0.40 x GVW in excess of 2,700 kg

Sports Utility Vehicles 

(for models 1991 and above)

  • Up to 2,700 kg
  • 2,701 to 4,500 kg
  • ₱2,300
  • ₱2,300 + 0.46 x GVW in excess of 2,700 kg
Motorcycles
  • Without sidecars
  • With sidecars
  • ₱240
  • ₱300
Trucks and Truck Buses

4,501 kg and above

₱1,800 + 0.24 x GVW in excess of 2,700 kg

Trailers

4,501 kg and above

0.24 x GVW

MVUC for Hire Vehicles

Categories Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) MVUC

Passenger Cars

  • Light
  • Medium
  • Heavy
  • Up to 1,600 kg
  • 1,601 to 2,300 kg
  • 2,301 kg and above
  • ₱900
  • ₱1,800
  • ₱5,000
Utility Vehicles Up to 4,500 kg 0.30 x GVW

Sports Utility Vehicles

  • Up to 2,700 kg
  • 2,701 to 4,500 kg
  • ₱2,300
  • ₱2,300 + 0.46 x GVW in excess of 2,700 kg
Motorcycles/Tricycles   ₱300
Truck Buses

4,501 kg and above

0.30 x GVW

Trailers

4,501 kg and above

0.24 x GVW

MVUC for Aged Private Vehicles

Categories Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) MVUC

Light cars 

  • models from 1995 to 2000
  • models from 1994 and older
  • Up to 1,600 kg
  • Up to 1,600 kg
  • ₱2,000
  • ₱1,400

Medium cars 

  • models from 1997 to 2000
  • models from 1995 and 1996
  • 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg
  • 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg
  • ₱6,000
  • ₱4,800

Heavy cars 

  • models from 1995 and older
  • models from 1994 and older
2,301 kg and above
  • ₱12,000
  • ₱5,600

For reference, here’s how the LTO classifies aged private vehicles: 

Age Year
Current 2000

One year old 

1999
Two years old 1998
Three years old 1997
Five years old 1995
Over five years old 1994 and older

LTO Inspection Process for MVIR

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One of the most important requirements in the LTO car registration renewal process is the Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR). Below is the inspection process for securing an MVIR.

Step 1: Submit Your Documents to the LTO Receiving Clerk

Provide the original copy or photocopy of your Official Receipt (OR) or Certificate of Registration (CR). You also have to submit your Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) or Order for Dropping and Substitution (Change Classification) if your vehicle is for hire.

Step 2: Pay the Corresponding Fees

Per the Department of Transportation (DoTr), the cost of a vehicle inspection should be the same as that of an emission test given by a private emission testing center. This means that the fee will depend on the testing center of your choice.[3]

Step 3: Undergo Vehicle Inspection

An inspector will take a look at your vehicle and conduct an emission test for the inspection report. An approving officer will confirm the accuracy of the report.

Step 4: Receive Your Inspection Report and Requirements

Head over to the releasing clerk to accept your MVIR and returned requirements. If you fail the inspection report, you’ll be asked to correct your vehicle’s defect and return for re-inspection.

Important note: Motorists are given the option to have their vehicle inspected either by a private inspection center or by the LTO. Should you go for the former, make sure they are truly accredited and authorized by the LTO.

How to Do the LTO Car Registration and Renewal Online

Motorists may also use the Land Transportation Management System or LTMS Portal to schedule appointments and pay fees with ease and convenience.[4]

How to Use the LTO Online Portal

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  1. Go to the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) public portal
  2. Accept the terms and conditions and enter the code. 
  3. Click Enroll as an Individual.
  4. Supply all the required information. Once done, click Create Account. 
  5. Activate the account via email.
  6. Once you have an account, you can set an LTO online appointment at your preferred LTO branch.
  7. Pay the fees online for either car registration, driver’s license, car registration renewal, or motor vehicle inspection services. You can pay LTO fines for traffic violations here as well.

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How to Check or Verify a Vehicle’s Registration Online

You can do an LTO vehicle registration check at any online LTO District office. But you will still need to course your request for vehicle registration checks or verifications online through the Office of the LTO Assistant Secretary for approval. This is to ensure that information and other details relating to motor vehicle ownership maintain their integrity and security. 

LTO Car Registration and Renewal Tips

  • Before you go to any LTO branch, make sure you have an LTO Client ID as proof that you've successfully registered to the LTMS Public Portal. Note that LTO portal registration is free of charge, so don’t engage with anyone offering to do it for you for a fee. 
  • Be early. It’s best to come before 8:00 AM to avoid long lines.
  • Don’t forget to bring your early warning device (EWD). The EWD is a mandatory car accessory (except for motorcycles and tricycles), and you might be asked to show it during your vehicle inspection.
  • Prepare loose change for the photocopier.
  • Bring a book or an entertainment device to pass time.
  • Keep your car in good running condition to prepare it for inspection.
  • Hold on to your documents and receipts to avoid delaying the process.
  • Avoid fixers or individuals impersonating or claiming to be LTO officers. Otherwise, you may face legal repercussions.

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Final Thoughts

If you’re a car owner, you probably know all too well that LTO car registration and renewal can be quite complicated. The LTO car renewal process is so tedious that some even resort to under-the-table dealings just to finish the registration. 

But this is one thing that you should avoid no matter how painfully slow the process is. If it’s any consolation, the LTO car registration renewal will teach you how to be patient―something all car owners have to be.

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Rouselle has over eight years of writing experience in the personal finance niche. She has written feature stories, articles, and how-to guides on various personal finance and trending lifestyle topics. And when not writing or editing articles, Rouselle likes binge-watching Netflix shows and fixing herself a nice, tall glass of iced coffee. Follow Rouselle on Linkedin.