Every LTO Fee for Car Registration, Driver’s License, and Violations

Venus Zoleta

Venus Zoleta

Last updated May 18, 2022

Driving your own car has a lot of benefits, that’s for sure. But transactions with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) usually come with a fee―whether it’s for vehicle registration, driver’s license application or renewal, or settling a traffic rule violation. Learning about every LTO fee is a reality every car owner in the Philippines must deal with.

But what’s worse than parting with your money is getting shocked by the amount you need to pay at the LTO office. Unpleasant surprises like this can be avoided if you know the exact LTO fee that you’ll be charged beforehand. This will also save you from enduring long queues and slower payment processes due to the skeletal workforce. 

Before you head out to the nearest LTO branch, take note of these LTO fees first. 

LTO Car Registration Fees

In August 2018, reports surfaced about the Department of Finance’s proposal to increase the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC). In 2020, the House of Representatives passed House Bill No. 6136, a bill aimed at generating around ₱9 billion funding for the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program and road safety.[1] The proposal further pushes for a 5% increase in all MVUC rates from 2023 onwards. 

MUVC Rates for Car Registration

Here are the MVUC rates for private cars in the Philippines based on vehicle type and gross weight. For starters, registering your motorcycle will cost you₱240 and ₱300 if it has a sidecar.

Vehicle TypeGross WeightMVUC
Light passenger carsUp to 1,600 kg₱1,600
Medium passenger cars1,601 kg to 2,300 kg₱3,600
Heavy passenger cars2,301 kg and above₱8,000
Utility vehiclesUp to 2,700 kg₱2,000
Utility vehicles2,701 kg to 4,500 kg₱2,000 + 0.40 x gross weight in excess of 2,700 kg
SUVs (1991 models and above)Up to 2,700 kg₱2,300
SUVs (1991 models and above)2,701 kg to 4,500 kg₱2,300 + 0.46 x gross weight in excess of 2,700 kg
Motorcycles without sidecarN/A₱240
Motorcycles with sidecarN/A₱300
Trucks4,501 kg and above₱1,800 + 0.24 x gross weight in excess of 2700 kg
Trailers4,501 kg and above0.24 x gross vehicle weight

MVUC Rates for Electric Vehicles

Although the use of electric vehicles or e-bikes may seem to be not fully regulated yet, the LTO has released its guidelines for the classification, operation and registration of electric motor vehicles last year.[2] Below is a table of registration fees every e-vehicle owner and driver should know about. 

Electric VehiclesDescriptionMVUC Rate
Category L2b
  • Maximum speed of 25-50 kilometers per hour
  • Driver's license and vehicle registration required
  • Helmet required
₱240 - same as motorcycle without sidecar
Category L3
  • e-Motorcycles
  • Drivers should wear motorcycle safety gear
  • Should have a valid driver's license
₱240 - same as motorcycle without sidecar
Category L4
  • e-Tricycle
  • Three-wheeled vehicle
  • Helmet is not required
₱300 - same as motorcycle with sidecar
Category L5
  • e-Tricycle
  • Three-wheeled vehicle
  • Helmet is not required
₱1,600 - similar to light passenger cars
Category L6
  • e-QUAD
  • Can travel on national highways but limited to the outermost lane of the road
₱1,600 - similar to light passenger cars
Category L7
  • e-QUAD
  • Can travel on national highways but limited to the outermost lane of the road
₱1,600 - similar to light passenger cars
Category M1e-Car, e-SUVSimilar to conventional counterparts
Category M2e-Utility Vehicle, e-JeepneySimilar to conventional counterparts
Category M3e-BusSimilar to conventional counterparts
Categories N1, N2, N3e-truckSimilar to conventional counterparts

LTO charges a different set of MVUC rates for aged private cars (model year 2000 and older):

Vehicle TypeGross WeightMVUC
Light passenger cars (1995-2000 models)Up to 1,600 kg₱2,000
Light passenger cars (1994 and older models)Up to 1,600 kg₱1,400
Medium passenger cars (1997-2000 models)1,601 kg to 2,300 kg₱6,000
Medium passenger cars (1995 and 1996 models)1,601 kg to 2,300 kg₱4,800
Medium passenger cars (1994 and older models)1,601 kg to 2,300 kg₱2,400
Heavy passenger cars (1995-2000 models)2,301 kg and above₱12,000
Heavy passenger cars (1994 and older models)2,301 kg and above₱5,600
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Other LTO Fees for Car Registration

In addition to the MVUC, other LTO fees can raise the total fee for your car registration.

For example, there’s a separate fee for the license plate. Even changing certain parts of your vehicle and the location of your vehicle registration can incur an LTO fee.

LTO FeeAmount
Private motor vehicle inspection center (MVIC) fee
  • Vehicles with gross weight equal to or less than 4,500 kg: ₱1,800
  • Motorcycles: ₱600
Legal research fund₱10
Computer fee₱67.63
Examination fee₱100
Regular vehicle license plate450
Motorcycle license plate₱120
Cost of sticker₱50
License plate duplication/replacement450
Vanity plate
  • Select Edition: 10,000
  • Premium Edition: 15,000
Change classification/chassis/color/engine/tire size30
Change body design100
Change of venue of vehicle registration 100
Revision of gross vehicle weight 30
Transfer of vehicle ownership50 per transfer

LTO Penalty for Late Registration

You’ll be paying more if you register your vehicle past the LTO’s deadline. Here's a list of LTO late registration penalties:

Delinquent Vehicle RegistrationPenalty Fee
Beyond the registration week (based on the middle digit of plate number)
  • Vehicles: 200
  • Motorcycles: 100
Beyond the registration month but not more than 12 months (based on the last digit of plate number)50% of the MVUC rate
Beyond 12 months without apprehension for LTO violations50% of the MVUC rate plus renewal
Beyond 12 months with apprehension for LTO violations50% of the MVUC rate plus renewal for every year of delinquency

Check the LTO website  for more information about vehicle car registration and renewal-related fees.

LTO Fees for Driver's License Application and Renewal

Applying for a new driver's license? Or renewing your existing license? Make sure you bring the correct amount to pay the appropriate LTO fee.

TransactionTotal Fee
Student permit application317.63
Driver's license application (professional/non-professional)

₱689

Driver's license renewal (professional/non-professional
  • Valid license: ₱585
  • ₱660 for license expired for one day to one year
  • ₱735 for license expired for one to two years
  • ₱910  for license expired for over two years
Dormant license renewal (professional/non-professional)₱1,045.26
License classification change request
  • Valid non-professional to professional (and vice versa): ₱425
  • Expired non-professional to professional (and vice versa): ₱785 + penalty

Check the LTO website[3] for more information about driver's license-related fees.

LTO Violation Fees

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Break a traffic rule, and you’ll be slapped with a fine. Here’s a list of every LTO fee for common traffic violations in the Philippines:

ViolationFine
Driving without a valid driver's license₱3,000
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or dangerous drugs

Confiscation of the driver’s license on the first offense and lifetime revocation for the second offense

Driving a motor vehicle used in the commission of a crime upon conviction by a regular court₱10,000
Reckless driving
  • First offense: 2,000
  • Second offense: 3,000
  • Subsequent offense: 10,000
Submission of fake documents in driver's license application or renewal3,000
No seat belt (including having a child passenger six years old and below on the front passenger seat)
  • First offense: 1,000
  • Second offense: 2,000
  • Third offense: 5,000
No motorcycle helmet
  • First offense: ₱1,500
  • Second offense: ₱3,000
  • Third offense: ₱5,000
  • Fourth and succeeding offenses: ₱10,000
No driver's license, certificate of registration, or official receipt while driving1,000
Traffic violations such as parking violation, disregarding traffic signs, illegal turn, illegal overtaking, and others listed under the Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-011,000
Driving an unregistered vehicle10,000
Unauthorized vehicle modification5,000
Vehicle without or with defective/improper/unauthorized devices, accessories, parts, and equipment5,000
License plate not attached or improperly attached5,000
Smoke belching
  • First offense: 2,000
  • Second offense: 4,000
  • Third offense: 6,000
Vehicle registration/renewal fraud3,000
All other violations in connection with motor vehicle registration/renewal/ operation₱2,000

How to Avoid LTO Violations

Now that the country's gradually preparing for the new normal, most vehicle owners are getting ready to hit the road again. But paying an LTO fee for your violations only adds to the agony of battling the usual traffic jams. So here are a few things you can do to avoid  LTO violations and save your money for more important expenses. 

1. Make Sure to Have Your Valid Driver’s License with You 

Your driver’s license is your ultimate pass to drive a vehicle and access the country’s roads and highways. If your driver’s license is expired, don't attempt to drive. There’s no excuse for leaving it at home or elsewhere. You should take it with you whenever you decide to go out and drive. 

You also need to make sure that your car’s Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration (OR/CR) are valid. These two documents are proof of vehicle registration and ownership and further make your driving experience legitimate. 

2. Check for Any Damaged or Missing Vehicle Parts

Your damaged brake system or broken lights may not only lead to fines and penalties but may also cause harm to others and to yourself. You can avoid paying any LTO fee if you make sure all your vehicle parts are working properly. 

3. Follow the Traffic Rules and Road Signs

Knowing the road signs and their meaning can prevent you from committing driving mistakes. Traffic signs and road signs are essential in giving drivers warnings and information on routes. 

4. Drive at Moderate Speed

Public roads are not for racing, so always drive at moderate speed and observe speed limits.  If you’re driving too fast and there are speed cameras, you have no choice but to pay the overspeeding fine.  

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Final Thoughts

Many LTO penalties leave motorists scratching their heads in confusion and frustration. But nothing much can be done except to pay what’s due. Being aware of the rules and regulations set by the agency won't only save you from paying the LTO fee but ensure your driving is hassle-free, too. 

Obey traffic rules and practice safe and defensive driving so that you won’t be penalized with a fine. Also, renew your car registration on time so you won’t be paying an LTO fee for late registration. Lastly, renew your driver’s license while it’s still valid, as renewing an expired license can cost you more.

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Venus leads the blog content strategy and optimization at Moneymax as the Head of Editorial Content. She has 15+ years of experience in content marketing, corporate communications, and public relations. Venus graduated cum laude with a Journalism degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Before joining Moneymax, Venus had written informative guides and articles, specializing in personal finance and digital marketing. She also invests in stocks, mutual funds, VUL, and Pag-IBIG MP2. A hardcore Hallyu Tita, she enjoys bingeing K-dramas on Netflix while bonding with her rescued cats. Follow Venus on LinkedIn.