Complete Guide to LTO Car Registration and Renewal

Published: January 20, 2020 | Updated: June 9, 2020 | Posted by: Mayee Gonzales | Car Insurance

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So you got a new vehicle, a sedan or maybe a top of the line SUV… 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.

Get through the tedious LTO car registration and renewal process with this step-by-step guide.

LTO Online Car Registration and Renewal in GCQ

LTO Online Registration Web Portal

Do you have an expired LTO registration? To avoid direct contact and possible COVID-19 transmissions, the Land Transportation Office recently launched the LTO online portal amid the community quarantine.

Motorists may now use to ease “car registration and license application procedures, which may take some time and may necessitate close contact with other people — violating physical distancing protocols” according to LTO in a statement.

This LTO online service has been made available for vehicles and licenses registered in Metro Manila, Laoag, Bayombong, Roxas, Tagbuilaran, Dumaguete, Ormoc, Butuan, Pagadian, Malaybalay, Lipa, Calapan, Naga, Tagum, Davao, General Santos, and Baguio.

Cashless payments are also available in the online portal.

How to Use the LTO Online Portal

  1. Register as a client in the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) public portal
  2. Create an LTO online appointment at your preferred LTO branch
  3. Pay your fees online for either car registration, driver’s license, car registration, or motor vehicle inspection services. LTO fines can be paid here as well.

Read more: LTO Fees: How Much to Prepare for LTO Transactions

LTO Car Registration Process (for Brand New Vehicles)

Many new car owners let their dealers handle the processing of their LTO car registration. But this, of course, comes with a price. If you want to save money, do the legwork and register your brand new car on your own. Below are the steps to follow.

1. Prepare the required documents

The following requirements are for brand new cars with the following conditions: Local, Imported, Registration of Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) (AO-2006-01), Registration of Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV), Three Wheeled Vehicle, Tax Exempt.

  • Original Sales Invoice
  • Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover
  • Original Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR)
  • Original PNP-HPG MV Clearance Certificate
  • Tax Identification ID

Requirements for vehicles purchased outside of the Philippines:

  • Commercial Invoice of MV issued by the country of origin
  • Bill of Lading
  • BOC Certificate of Payment
  • Certificate of Stock Reported (CSR)
  • Sales Invoice of the MV
  • PNP-TMG MV Clearance Certificate
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Appropriate insurance certificate cover
  • Valid Certificate of Public Convenience duly confirmed by the LTFRB, in case of for hire MV’s
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)

2. Visit an LTO office near you

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

LTO Branches for Car Registration


Contact Number

Makati LTOButel Building, 9624 Pililla, Makati City8895-8678 or 8897-5198
Diliman District Office LTOMain Compoint, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City8723-7740 or 8921-9017
Pasay District Office LTODomestic Road, Pasay City8834-2471
LTO NCRSan Roque, Cubao, Quezon Cit84480-6524 or 8356-0708
Navotas LTOGen. Gas Plant  Building, Fishport Complex, North Bay, Navotas City8283-3510
Mandaluyong LTO121 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City8523-2726

Read more: Complete List of LTO Branches in Metro Manila

3. Submit all required documents

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

4. Submit your MVIR

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

5. Pay the following car registration fees

  • Initial fee: PHP 1,000/category
  • Stickers and tags: PHP 50 each
  • Regular plate: PHP 450
  • Tip for the stencil aide: PHP 50 – PHP 100 (since stenciling aren’t performed by LTO employees)

Your actual cost will vary on your car while your final cost will depend on your evaluator.

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 is necessary to register your vehicle before taking it out for a drive. LTO has a “No Registration, No Travel” policy[1] that prohibits vehicles from traveling without a license plate. Penalties can go as high as PHP 5,000 so don’t skip the LTO car registration process.

LTO Car Registration Renewal Process

LTO Car Registration and Renewal Process

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Your LTO car registration is only valid 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 way to determine your registration schedule and it all depends on your license plate.

LTO Car Registration Schedule:

The last digit on your plate number corresponds to the month you need to renew your vehicle.

LTO Car Registration and Renewal 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.

LTO Car Registration and Renewal Schedule

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.

LTO Car Renewal Requirements:

  • Photocopy of Certificate of Registration (COR) and its official receipt of payment
  • Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (COC)
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC)
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)

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 serving LTO branch, you can renew your car registration at any LTO online district/extension office[2].

LTO Car Renewal Fees:

The fees for car registration renewal is the same as the initial registration except that you have to pay a renewal fee of PHP 400.

Read more: LTO Violations Every Motorist Should Take Note Of

Tips for LTO Car Registration and Renewal

  • Be early. It’s best to come before 8:00 AM to avoid long lines.
  • Don’t forget to bring your early warning device.
  • 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 LTO officers.

Final Thoughts

The LTO car registration and renewal process can be a walk in the park if you know what you need and what to accomplish. Be prepared and remain patient even if such processes take some time. After all, they are both part of being a car owner.

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