The Department of Transportation (DOTR) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) memorandum on temporary license plates is in effect beginning today, February 15, which means accredited dealers—both for cars and motorcycles—will be required to issue temporary plates with a uniform font and layout.
The memorandum, which was released in November last year, states that temporary license plates provided by dealers must come in a reflective, sturdy material, be printed in a black arial font, and in the design and layout approved by the government agency. Here it is:
And here's the license plate design for motorcycles:
Dealers which fail to comply with the memorandum will be subject to sanctions. According to the memo, the reason for this is for uniformity and to improve visual recognition.
We still have a couple of questions regarding the measure: will motorists who received their plates prior to the memo have to replace them? What happens to the car owner if the dealer provides a plate which fails to comply?
We've seen some pretty creative license plate designs since the shortage started. Will this memorandum put an end to them? We're in touch with the LTO now and we'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we receive any updates regarding the matter.