January 20, 2020 | Posted by: Mayee Gonzales | Car Insurance
January 20, 2020
This article was published on February 18, 2019 and was updated on January 20, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
Not all LTO branches process new vehicle registration. Below are the branches that do.
LTO Branches for Car Registration
|Makati LTO||Butel Building, 9624 Pililla, Makati City||8895-8678 or 8897-5198|
|Diliman District Office LTO||Main Compoint, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City||8723-7740 or 8921-9017|
|Pasay District Office LTO||Domestic Road, Pasay City||8834-2471|
|LTO NCR||San Roque, Cubao, Quezon Cit||84480-6524 or 8356-0708|
|Navotas LTO||Gen. Gas Plant Building, Fishport Complex, North Bay, Navotas City||8283-3510|
|Mandaluyong LTO||121 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City||8523-2726|
Proceed to the transaction counter and submit all required documents to the evaluator for assessment and computation of fees.
Wait for your vehicle to be inspected by an LTO officer. Submit your MVIR (Motor Vehicle Inspection Report) right after.
Your actual cost will vary on your car while your final cost will depend on your evaluator.
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.
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.
The last digit on your plate number corresponds to the month you need to renew your vehicle.
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.
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).
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.
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.