Published: July 7, 2020 | Updated: July 20, 2020 | Posted by: Venus Zoleta | Government Services
Need to file your driver’s license or car registration application or renewal? Why spend several hours at the LTO office (while exposing yourself to the risk of getting COVID-19) when you can just transact online?
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has recently launched an online portal for processing different transactions like license applications and renewal. This new LTO online system is part of the government agency’s transition to the new normal—which means people can transact at home over the internet and minimize physical contact at an LTO branch.
To avoid running into problems while using the LTO online portal, familiarize yourself with the new system. Here’s everything you need to know about the agency’s online services.
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The LTO online portal, officially called the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS), is a new web-based system that automates different transactions for motorists in the Philippines, including overseas Filipinos.
These are the services currently available in the LTO web portal. Services may change over time.
Launched on May 18, 2020, the LTMS portal will speed up and simplify your transactions with the LTO. The online portal significantly shortens processing times at LTO offices. This is a lot more efficient compared to walk-in transactions that involve too many steps and usually take as much as four hours.
LTO online services on the LTMS portal are available 24/7, so you can transact at your most convenient time. You can use the online system even if you’re abroad.
All you have to do is access the portal from your computer or smartphone, upload the requirements, set an appointment, and pay for LTO fees online.
To complete your transaction, you’ll just have to visit your LTO branch of appointment for processing your photo and biometrics capture, as well as taking the driving exams (for driver’s license application/renewal).
The LTO is also planning to accredit courier services that will deliver driver’s licenses and license plates to those who use the online services.
For an even faster process, check out these guides to LTO transactions:
Amid the threat of COVID-19, physical distancing is hard to implement with the manual processing of driver’s license, vehicle registration, and other LTO transactions.
But with the new LTO online system, people will spend lesser time securing their needed documents at the LTO offices. Lines will be shorter, and overcrowding will be prevented.
The theoretical exam is one of the LTO exams you need to pass to get a driver’s license or student permit in the Philippines.
You can use the LTMS portal’s e-learning module to review for the theoretical exam. It’s a good way to prepare for your license application. With the help of the online reviewer, you avoid wasting time going back and forth to the LTO office in case you fail the theoretical exam.
The module consists of 60 questions (per license type and category) that you must complete within an hour. After you answer each question, the system will show the correct answer. The questions may or may not be asked in the actual LTO exam.
The LTO has just begun implementing the LTMS and is doing it gradually in select offices, so it isn’t available yet in all branches and for all types of transactions.
As of this writing, the online services are processed only in 24 LTO offices under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
Walk-in transactions are still processed in all other LTO branches in the Philippines. Once everything runs smoothly in all the pilot offices, the LTO will implement the online system in all its branches nationwide.
To start using the LTO online portal, you have to register for an LTMS account first. Here’s how to register online through the LTMS portal.
The LTO online driver’s license application and renewal may involve too many steps, but the process is actually very quick and easy as long as you have all the requirements ready. Just follow the steps below:
*The LTO-accredited clinic where you had your medical exam should have submitted your certificate online to the LTO. Otherwise, your medical certificate number would fail to verify, and you can’t move on to the next step of your online driver’s license application or renewal.
**On top of the LTO fees for your license application/renewal, you’ll also have to pay for the convenience fee, which varies per online payment method.
To save time for your driver’s license or car registration renewal, take advantage of the LTO online services through the LTMS portal. The system may not be flawless as of the moment. Sometimes, it may bog down because of a lot of users trying to access the system at the same time. But using this convenient online portal is a good start.
If you have questions or need help regarding the use of the LTO online portal, you may send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.