Prototype of new license plates posted on LTO Facebook fan page


New license plate for private vehicles

A Facebook fan page of the Land Transportation Office has posted photos of the prototype version of the new-design license plates for motor vehicles. The plate in the photo above is for private vehicles, while the one in the photo below is for motorcycles. Last month, the LTO announced that it will roll out the new license plates in January 2013.

The basic plate design that you see here isn't final yet. According to the Facebook fan page's administrator: "Prototype yan. Surely, magkaka-background yan. Hwag lang sanang gawing POLITICAL (epal) ang background."

The page's administrator adds: "Car plates will cost P450, while motorcycle plates will cost P120. If a vehicle owner renews the motor vehicle's registration, the old license plates shall be surrendered for replacement. The new plates shall be released not later than 45 days after registration."

Your thoughts?

UPDATE: The Facebook page in question, as it turns out, is only an "LTO fan page." But the prototype images of the new license plates are based on the LTO's official announcement. We were told the screenshots had been taken from the TV news program Bandila. Our apologies for the initial confusion.

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  • gucci88 Nov 27 2012 @ 04:25pm
    why do we have to surrender our old plates?
    • hunterjob50 Nov 27 2012 @ 05:06pm
      Siguro para hindi na magamit sa kalokohan yung lumang license plates?
  • kamoteman Nov 27 2012 @ 04:28pm
    Parang sa Brunei-Malaysia-Singapore Lang ah. Hehe
  • rrtaltomed Nov 27 2012 @ 04:32pm
    Sana both sides may security bar code para pag nadumihan ang isa sa harap, may isa pa sa harap din ang readable sa scanner. suggestion lang...
    • Seniorito01 Nov 27 2012 @ 04:42pm
      You'r suggesting na dalawa sa harap or harap likod?? tama ba?
  • LACOSTER Nov 27 2012 @ 04:33pm
    I like a plain license plate. The ones we've had are too colorful and unprofessional looking.
  • car.L Nov 27 2012 @ 04:44pm
    is it possible that if i bought a car this december then it will be affected by it?or my plate will be the old one?
    • hunterjob50 Nov 27 2012 @ 05:15pm
      it will be affected if you decide and ask your dealer to delay your plate until january.
  • jmdn70 Nov 27 2012 @ 04:47pm
    Does it mean with the new license plates I've to surrender my personalized licensed plate bearing my initials and birthdate?
    • bruce Nov 28 2012 @ 12:18pm
      if my understanding is correct, sad to say but YES!
  • John Medina Nov 27 2012 @ 04:53pm
    can we also ban the issuance and use of COMMEMORATIVE AND VANITY plates bearing PNP, NBI, and the like? Mang Saturnino's interview clearly shows that drivers having these plates can easily escape violation tickets.
    • foolishofficer Nov 27 2012 @ 06:15pm
      Honestly why would one carry a plate that does not describe the owner ("MACHO") or show his name ("MANNY", "MVP")? But instead advertise, gun shooting, nbi, pnp, nbi, lawyer, government vanity number (like "7", "8") or anything that show connection to power..Ironically the sponsors of these plate designs are people in power. So I agree 100% with your suggestion.
    • ddwight Nov 28 2012 @ 05:12pm
      how about those that use "8" in front but when they pass by, rear plates is ABC 123...what can the LTO do about this?
    • GodziRRa! Apr 04 2013 @ 07:17pm
      Huh... why include vanity plates? LTO are the ones who issues them anyways. Commemorative plates pwede siguro.
  • vonschnipp Nov 27 2012 @ 04:55pm
    So we will drive around without plates for 45 days, right? Fine. Also the lower picture shows 2 motorcycle plates. Which will it be, the normal looking one one the left or the unsightly British Empire one on the right?
  • 17Sphynx17 Nov 27 2012 @ 05:29pm

    1) For clarification, the new number will be the first number right, not the last number? Because may color coding padin so it doesn't make sense na iibahin nila araw ng mga kotse mo on a whim right?
    2)Second, since papalitan nila next year when you register and it will take 45 days, does it automatically mean walang no plate no travel rule next year?
    3) Bakit kelangan magbayad ng owner ng 450 for the new license plate? Shouldn't that be covered by the surrendering of the old plate? Technically, you did not lose your plate so you did not need a new one. As such, dapat walang charge kung nasurrender mo naman both plates ng kotse mo diba? I just don't like that since technically bayad ka na talaga for your plate when you purchased/registered it the very first time.
  • 17Sphynx17 Nov 27 2012 @ 05:32pm
    Followup question:

    4) Since three year vehicle registration tayo, mandatory requirement na ng new vehicle owners na mag "renew" ng 3 year registration nila (since new vehicle) kahit na hindi pa sila needed for renewal? That just seems unfair. So most likely old plates and new plates will be valid for three years right because they passed that 3 year registration for new cars as part of their system and registration. However, if it will be required of them, dapat wala ding bayad, just be present with your paper kasi hindi naman sila for renewal talaga at bayad na sila for 3 years.
  • ourland Nov 27 2012 @ 05:50pm

    baka ito ang mga sagot nyan

    1 ) Kong current plate number mo is ABC 123 maging ABC 0123 , same coding pa din
    2 ) Feeling ko pag register/renew mo, you can use your old plate number until ma available na new plate number mo. sa mga new register for sure may mga plaka na silang naka allocate.
    3 ) Yun lang.. bayad na naman ng 450, kaso wala tayong magagawa.. haaayz
    4 ) Feeling ko uli, na no need to renew your registration kasi 3 years ka, all you have to do is to pay 450 to get the new plate number... wait for 45 days or until the new plate is available.
  • budoy Nov 27 2012 @ 05:57pm
    kailangan pa bang i surrender ang old plate, doesnt make any sense. akala ko sa mga newly acquired vehicle lang applied. dapat as is na ang dati until such time na nabulok o hindi na tumatakbo ang sasakyan. money making na naman ito.mga buwisit na politico at corrupt na govt. employees. clarifications lang po.
  • foolishofficer Nov 27 2012 @ 06:08pm
    For existing plates, i suggest to keep the same plate until the end of the car's road worthiness. So there's no issue about adjusting to another day for number coding if they require change of plate number for old cars. For database recording, add the extra "0" in front of the number series. For new cars, the number series will start with "1" so no conflict on the existing numbers. As for the font, suggest one that clearly distinguishes "D", "O" and "Q". Right now from afar they look the same. Suggest too to revive the 2 plate color, one for front and one for rear so 2 cars can't carry one of the 2 plates or single car carrying 2 different numbers. That's my 2 centavos on this issue.
  • yokam888 Nov 27 2012 @ 06:39pm
    sure ba na zero (0) ang ilalagay as the first digit? because i would not like it if it's a random number. it would mess up my current plate.

    btw i would hate to be the guy who currently owns the AKO-210 plate, after this new plate scheme, his plate would read AKO-0210 lol
    • someonespecialisme Nov 27 2012 @ 11:42pm
      nice play of words
  • crispinbasilio86 Nov 27 2012 @ 07:15pm
    How about the existing (old) personalized license plate number, eg DRA 88 same din ba?
  • trail Nov 27 2012 @ 08:07pm
    Billions of pesos spent on different suppliers and they still need 45 days to give you a new plate. They can already get the IT supplier to pull out a report on the cars they're expecting to register for any given week, why can't they prepare that beforehand? If the issue is cost, they're already charging a fee that car/motorcycle owners shouldn't be paying for. It should cover the cost of the unused plates and then recycle them afterward. I don't get the inefficiency.
  • synysterG Nov 27 2012 @ 08:16pm
    Kawawa naman yung mga nag avail ng manila plate (e.g. 'U', 'W', 'X', 'Z', 'N', 'P'... etc) para makaiwas sa mga nanghaharass ng mga non-manila plates. Since nakalagay na yung region sa baba ng plate, alam na nila kung saang region ka nakarehistro.

    Minsan ay nahuli na kami dahil sa NONEXISTENT na violation na SWERVING dahil nagsisimula sa 'R' ang plaka namin (region 3 plate - halatang di tiga manila yung sasakyan). Yung ibang kasabay naming kotse na nag-lane change di naman pinansin, palibhasa manila plate. Grabe harassment ng mga enforcer na yan halatang gusto ng merienda. Alam na alam kung sino target palibhasa di tiga-manila,

    On another note, yung ngang mga may bagong kotse na ANTAGAAAAAL marecieve yung mga plaka nila hinuhuli mismo ng LTO, eh kasalanan nga nila sa LTO kung bakit ala pang plaka yung kotse.

    Ayusin muna sana nila mga problemang to bago sila maglabas ng kung anu-anong gimik
    • jtl888 Nov 28 2012 @ 01:53pm
      Very much indeed. It's like the seat belt law. Binibigyan lang nila ang mga enforcer na makahanap ng "pang meriyenda". For me, the word given actually is a very nice thing to say when the fact that snacks only cost around 50 pesos when they actually try to ask for more money, say around 500 to 1000 pesos.

      Anyway, kahit naman pang meriyenda eh mali pa rin. At maling mali rin yung hahanapan ka ng butas para lang makahuli sila. At ang pinaka mali, at dapat na pinaparusahan at dapat maparusahan, eh yung illegal use of authority. I.e. nag awol, na-terminate, or not even an MMDA officer.

      Masyado na corrupt ang MMDA and Ex-Mayor Pineapple know it.
      • jtl888 Nov 28 2012 @ 01:57pm
        Oh, just to be fair, not only some MMDA officers are alligators, but some PNP and some local traffic enforcers as well. May part sa Makati at sa Pasay na grabe talaga. At sa QC.. at sa Manila.. ok I'll stop. :))
  • Renz24 Nov 27 2012 @ 08:45pm
    Pano po dun po sa mga may bagong sasakyan ngayon diba po meron pa po sila 3 years registration??? Edi after 3 years pa po nila makukuha ang bagong plates?
  • The Stig Nov 27 2012 @ 11:04pm
    very nice..
  • mico23 Nov 28 2012 @ 01:32am
    Can we then drive without license plates within that 45-day period? Or owning a second car now is a necessity? What if the bumper needs to be repainted and the one-way screws need to be removed? What is the purpose of the barcode? Why do we even have this problem upon us? Why?!
    • GodziRRa! Apr 21 2013 @ 03:27am
      The one way screw sucks for car owners who "cares" about their car. Like what I've read.. detailing, repainting, cleaning, even a simple DIY may have a problem because of that st*p*d unremovable plate.
  • oh_noh Nov 28 2012 @ 03:16am
    pag promdi ang plate no. mo, sarap ng ngisi ng mga mmda :D
  • [email protected] Nov 28 2012 @ 05:13am
    this is just a revenue gathering technique from the goverenment;

    this plate is a complete waste of time; you dont need to redesign the plate they Need to redesign their system their DATA BASE. they're putting the blame on us instead of them just doing their job EFFICIENTLY. barcode is already suffice and contains the necessary info about the owner matching the plate number when scan by lto and police with lto scanner. if it is stolen the RFID of the freaking barcode can be trace anywhere anytime. besides if the barcode and the platenumber does'nt match together with the info of the owner then it is questionable.

    "a motorcyle having front license plate is BADUY and be considered just new is seeing vehicle with two wheels" - besides surrendering the license plate every 3 years after the issuing of this not thinking through policy is just a government revenue producing technique.
  • [email protected] Nov 28 2012 @ 06:08am
    contunue ----------------->

    2 stickers;

    -the bar code with rfid (contains, owner, address plate number, year registered, and current registered; bar code must match the current plate number.
    -the region when it is registered now meaning your latest and current registration of the vehicle.
  • [email protected] Nov 28 2012 @ 06:46am
    further more------------>

    vehicle who already registered and have already they're designated plate number must only avail the barcode/rfid and region sticker.

    newer vehicles or vehicle registered after this year must have new lto plates with additional numbers on it because the car industry and the motorcycle is growing really fast.

    there must also different types of color plates:

    -personal use vehicle or vehicles use by citizen must have green letters and white background
    -vehicle use by the government has red letter and white background
    -government official service not personal service must be yellow letter and white background
    -military vehicle not personal service vehicle must be white letter and black background
    -ambulances and firetrucks must have white letter and red background
    -puv or commuters used vehicle must have black lettering and yellow background
    -vehicles with 3000 kg or up, business used vehicles like school buses, delivery trucks and etc must have a white letter and green background

    ---mmda vehicles may get the pink one-- joke
  • RJ2009 Nov 28 2012 @ 09:26am
    Looks like someone's gonna make heaps of moolah again ... at our expense:( Instead of wasting taxpayers' money trying to make themselves look good with frills and fluff (like new plates), LTO should clean up their act, axe corrupt staff (about 99%), and hire competent people who know more than just how to make a fast buck.
  • barry Nov 28 2012 @ 11:38am
    andaming queries...i think this should be addressed the LTO. it's very confusing. yun lang sa akin...
  • esRS02 Nov 28 2012 @ 11:41am
    Plain plates posted above are much much better than plates with Rizal background or whatsoever. I hope they implement plain plates just like in Japanese plates - just black and white, no background.
  • L o a d Nov 28 2012 @ 03:08pm
    Sana nga walang background, mas gusto ko simple lang at kung pwede 'wag lagyan ng "matuwid na daan" tulad ng "matatag na republika" o "Philippines 2000".
  • numbah5 Nov 28 2012 @ 05:34pm
    Clarified this plate issue with our contact at the LTO main office. She told me that the existing license plate combinations on our cars e.g. AAA 111 will not be replaced. Instead, only the license plate itself will be replaced into the new one bearing the existing license plate combination, the region where our car was registered and the barcode at the right side where all our vehicle's information will be encoded, thus eliminating the need for registration stickers. The whole vehicle registration process will be fully computerized. Only those newly bought cars that will be registered by January onwards will bear the new license plate combinations.
  • Jetwash Nov 29 2012 @ 01:08pm
    Naks! May barcode pa. Nag iisip na siguro ang mga taga LTO kung paano kikita dito. Kunyari walang stock ng plate number, kunwari wala pang barcode. Si MMDA naman, kunwari di mabasa ang barcode, bakit may putik yung barcode, di mabasa.
    • jtl888 Nov 29 2012 @ 09:17pm
      :)) dami ko tawa dito :)))))))
  • meganekon Dec 02 2012 @ 11:21am
    Is it just me or is the font looks like the ones found German 'Euro' plates?
  • matu55 Dec 03 2012 @ 07:52pm
    Sayang naman yung mga europlates
  • matu55 Dec 03 2012 @ 07:53pm
    Sayang naman yung naka euro plates
  • Baguioboy Feb 17 2013 @ 02:43am
    Ano kaya ibig sabihin ng "ONE WAY SCREW"? Para ba itong naka-welded na yung Lic Plate sa sasakyan. Ganon po ba 'to? Sabagay, pavor 'to sa may ari ng sasakyan dahil hindi maaalis ng kotong cop ang plaka.
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