LTO issues memo on new plate design for new and current vehicles


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The Land Transportation Officerecently issued Memorandum Circular No. VPT-2013-1772, or the Motor Vehicle License Plates Standardization Program, which outlines the format of the new plate design which the agency will issue for both new and current vehicles.

According to the memo, all private and "for hire" motor vehicles will now have license plates that display three alpha and four numeric symbols. Motorcycles, on the other hand, will have two alpha and five numeric symbols. Diplomatic plates will have five numeric symbols.

Besides the new license plates, all vehicles will be issued a registration sticker that bears the vehicle's plate number and a pair of stainless, 10mm security bolt head screws and nuts with washers.

As for the classification of the plates, it is going to be as follows:

* Private vehicles will have a white background with black alphanumeric symbols, with the region (i.e., NCR) where the vehicle was first registered indicated on it;

* "For hire" vehicles will have a yellow background with black alphanumeric symbols, with the authorized route indicated on it;

* Motorcycles will have a white background with black alphanumeric symbols;

* Government vehicles and protocol plates will have a white background with red alphanumeric symbols, with the name of the agency or office indicated on it; and

* Diplomatic vehicles will have a white background and blue alphanumeric symbols

For vehicles with existing plates, the new plates will be attached within 45 days of the renewal of its registration and after the old plates are surrendered to the LTO. In addition, only the LTO security locks must be used to attach the new plates.

Based on the memo, the cost of the new license plate, inclusive of the LTO security locks but "exclusive of other charges," is at P450 for motor vehicles and P120 for motorcycles.

According to a succeeding memo filed by the LTO, the issuance of new platesfor new vehicleswill take effect on September 1, 2013. The issuance of new, duplicate and replacement plates for motorcycles,and the renewal or replacement plates for current vehicleswill take effect on January 2, 2014.


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  • Marcopolo1 Jul 29 2013 @ 06:45pm
    It's worrying to read that "exclusive of other charges,"
    • voodoo9ph Jul 29 2013 @ 07:12pm
      who knows?! it might cost more than the plate itself... its scary! hidden charges!
  • hajabah Jul 29 2013 @ 07:03pm
    What about for the vehicles that are registered this year with the old plates? What's the procedure for vehicles with a year or more left in their three-year LTO registration?
    • Mertz29 Jul 29 2013 @ 07:45pm
      I think we'll have to wait for the renewal date, in my case it will be 2 years more. correct me if im wrong...
  • Mr. McMahon Jul 29 2013 @ 07:59pm
    2016 na Lang
  • gerardmbgarcia Jul 29 2013 @ 08:05pm
    What will happen to those special plates with 3 alpha and 2 numeric characters? Magpapalit din? Will it just be the design? Or pati yung letters and numbers?
    • hajabah Jul 29 2013 @ 11:05pm
      I can't answer about the combinations but I'm pretty sure the design will change as well. I think one of the objectives of this is to standardize the designs. If you think about it, within the past few decades, there have been so many design changes. This makes everything the same again.
  • bruce Jul 29 2013 @ 08:36pm
    Off TOPIC: is this part of the reason why until now, LTO La Loma branch have yet to give me my stickers after I registered my car last May?
  • bruce Jul 29 2013 @ 08:41pm
    i don't know how secured will be their security bolts.. they shouldn't regulate that, it's more safer if you buy your own! what if the plates get stolen? will they replace it free of charge?
  • Letor Jul 29 2013 @ 09:13pm
    What's special with this security bolts? How secured is it? May be there's a special tool needed when tightening and loosening the bolt....hahaha.
  • rdjl_13 Jul 29 2013 @ 10:43pm
    Since November 2012 wala pa kaming plate number. Ano na LTO?! Aabutin ba ng isang taon para makapagbigay ng plate number?
    • Mr. McMahon Jul 30 2013 @ 01:22am
      si Virginia Torres ang pinaka Worst LTO Chief sa Buong Mundo.
  • triple4 Jul 29 2013 @ 11:24pm
    They should at least retain the last digit of the original plate number para pareho pa rin ang color-coding ng kotse. Yari yung owner if for example he has 2 cars then nabigyan ng new plate number with the same day for coding LOL
    • priusv6 Jul 29 2013 @ 11:56pm
      yes of course they have to do that... if they give new plate and change ending way
  • nestortinam Jul 30 2013 @ 08:02am

    The new plates valid for FIVE years will cost no more than Php450 for motor vehicles, and no more than Php120 for motorcycles._ quoted from other website.
    FIVE years wow ...
  • Falcon Jul 30 2013 @ 08:47am
    Another overpriced "service". Quite obviously a money-making scheme. And it's not likely to be "secure" for long. It doesn't even look nice.
  • vinci24 Jul 30 2013 @ 12:46pm
    How about those exotic cars plying metro manila without plates? It is a privilege for those owners not to place a plate on their toys?
  • mo_lave Jul 30 2013 @ 08:12pm
    Looks like I would prefer Euro-style conduction plates instead. Looks neater anyways.
  • HaulerBoy Aug 03 2013 @ 12:35pm
    tamang tama sa bagong ranger ko. hehehe
  • Baguioboy Aug 05 2013 @ 10:41am
    Aray! P450 for the new set of plate??????
    Change from old plates to the new plates should be coincided with the registration of the vehicle to avoid stampede at the "place".
    What is this LTO security lock for??? Who keeps the key??? Can someone expound?
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