by Mayee Gonzales, on category "Car Insurance"
February 18, 2019
So you got a new vehicle, an SUV or even a motorcycle—congratulations! Before testing out your ride, you need to make your ownership formal with the government. Car registration and renewal are essential in the Philippines, and the LTO (Land Transportation Office) is the agency responsible for it.
For some car owners, registering and renewing a vehicle with the LTO is a long and tedious process. Smart ones, however, know how to survive it without reaching boiling point. No, it’s not by paying fixers or LTO officials, which is totally illegal. It’s by knowing the procedure and preparing the documents you need.
Moneymax compiled a step-by-step process to LTO car registration and renewal in the Philippines. See it below.
Many new car owners let their dealers handle the nitty-gritty of LTO car registration to avoid the hassle of the process. But of course, this comes with a price. If you wish to save money, you can do the legwork and register your car on your own.
For starters, you need to determine the type of your vehicle (locally manufactured, imported, light electric vehicle, low-speed vehicle, three-wheeled vehicle, and tax-exempt) as there are different sets of requirements and processes for each kind. Since imported cars are the most common in the Philippines (think Ford, Honda, and Toyota), we’ll focus our discussion on its registration.
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LTO Main Compound, East Avenue, Diliman Quezon City
Butel Building, P. Tuazon Blvd., Cubao Quezon City
Domestic Road, Pasay City
Butel Building, Araneta Avenue, Caloocan City
Remember that it is 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 go as high as PHP 5,000 so don’t skip the car registration process.
Read more: Updated List of LTO Branches
Your vehicle’s initial registration is good for three years. Once it expires, you need to renew on schedule to avoid a weekly fine of PHP 200. However, you can’t just drive to an LTO office and file for renewal. There’s a proper and systematic way to determine your registration schedule and it all depends on your license plate.
The last digit of your plate number corresponds to your monthly schedule.
The second to the last digit of your plate number, on the other hand, corresponds to the weekly deadline of your car registration renewal.
If your vehicle, for example, has a plate number of 895, your renewal deadline is from the 22nd to 31st of May. Note that you can renew your car registration a month before its deadline.
Now, let’s get to the actual renewal process.
The renewal process is basically the same as when you register your car for the first time. Your vehicle just need to go through an inspection and emission test to acquire a CEC.
As for the venue, you can renew your car registration at any LTO online district/extension office.
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Prepare for the following fees before registering or renewing your vehicle at the LTO.
Your actual cost will vary depending on your car while your final cost will depend on your evaluator.
Read more: LTO Violations Every Motorist Should Know
LTO car registration and renewal can be a walk in the park if you know what you need and what you have to accomplish. Be prepared and remain patient even if such processes may take some time. After all, they are both part of being a car owner.