Quick Reminders Before Claiming Your New LTO License Plate

by Venus Zoleta, on category "Car News,Government Services"

July 30, 2018

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Finally, the long, painful wait for license plates in the Philippines is over for some vehicle owners. If you registered your car in July 2016 to December 2016, you’ll get your new license plate this year.
The delays in the vehicle plate release have long hounded the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) for five years, much to the dismay of millions of registered car owners in the Philippines. Since July 5, 2018, some of these backlogged license plates have been released to car dealers and owners nationwide.

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Does this mean we’ll be saying goodbye to being a “Republika ng Walang Plaka“? Yes, but not too soon. Meanwhile, here are some important reminders for the lucky ones who’ll claim their new license plates.

Wait for a Notice from the LTO about Claiming Your License Plate

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LTO License Plate Release for Vehicles Registered from July to December 2016

According to LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, the license plates that LTO has produced this year are enough for distribution to vehicles registered from July to December 2016. However, the new LTO license plates will be released gradually and will be announced in the coming months.
As for the exact date of claiming your new license plate, wait for a notice or announcement from the LTO about it. This way, you won’t waste time going to a district office only to find out that your plate isn’t available yet.
The agency has earlier announced that it would release the vehicle plates registered from July 1 to October 31, 2016 by the first week of July. The license plate release for those registered in November to December 2016 will be announced later.
The LTO notice will also indicate where you may pick up your vehicle plate—whether at an authorized LTO district office or through your car dealer.
To get updates on the license plate release, follow these official DOTr and LTO social media accounts:

No License Plate Release Yet for Vehicles Registered Before July 2016

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Was your car registered from 2013 to June 30, 2016? Unfortunately, you won’t receive your license plate yet. The LTO is waiting for the Commission on Audit (COA) to lift the Notice of Disallowance it issued in 2015 due to the alleged violation of government procurement rules. Once the COA disallowance is lifted, the LTO can release the license plates for vehicles registered before July 1, 2016.

No Release Date for Motorcycle Plates, Too

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What about license plates for motorcycles? The LTO will produce motorcycle plates only when the Congress approves a bill for bigger license plates.
In the meantime, you can still use your motorcycle even without a new LTO license plate as long as it is registered and displays the MV File Number, according to Galvante.

Bring the Complete Requirements for Claiming Your LTO License Plate

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You may get your new license plate yourself or assign a representative to do so on your behalf. Make sure to bring these three documents when claiming your license plate from the LTO:

If no plate number is printed on your CR, the LTO will issue a certification that the new license plate given to you is assigned to your vehicle. LTO will also record your assigned plate number in its database.
The LTO may also ask for additional documents. For example, the LTO in Central Visayas requires vehicle owners to furnish an affidavit that allows their dealers to claim their license plates from the regional office.

Beware of Fixers

Never deal with fixers, no matter how badly you want to get your new license plate ASAP. Unscrupulous people may take advantage of the frustration of car owners, claiming they can help get vehicle plates faster for a fee.
The LTO has reminded the public not to enlist the services of these unauthorized people. Paying for their assistance in claiming your license plate, getting a driver’s license, and other LTO transactions will only help spread corruption in the government.

Final Thoughts

You’ve waited for so long (and suffered enough) for your LTO license plate. The last thing you’d want to happen is to be hassled when you claim it. Make sure you know when, where, and how to get your new LTO license plate before you rush to a district office or your vehicle dealer.
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