Our readers share their tips about renewing their car registrations in 2020

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by Leandre Grecia | Oct 7, 2020
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The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has found itself in a bit of a pickle since this pandemic started. In a nutshell, with the agency’s offices closed for prolonged periods, the agency’s backlog continued to pile up over the past months.

To cope, the LTO resorted to extending the registration validity of vehicles for 2020 for multiple times already. In fact the latest announcement came just a few weeks ago. But still, the number of people rushing to get their cars’ registration renewed these days is just too high, and adjusting deadlines can’t address the agency’s problems completely.

We wanted to know just how good or bad things have been, so we decided to ask you, our readers, if you’ve been able to renew your car’s registration this year. Judging by the comments on our post, a lot of people already have, but the responses we got were a mixed bag.


Some were lucky and had things easy, while others…well, not so much. Meanwhile, some even went the extra mile and shared their tips for other motorists as well (kudos to you guys). We’ve picked out some and put them here below, so read on if you want to see more.

Question: Have you been able to renew your car’s registration this year?

Yes, dapat bago pumunta ng LTO tapos na yung emission test, may CPTL ka na para dire-diretso na then book an appointment sa preferred LTO branch niyo. In my case, less than 20 minutes lang ’yung process sa LTO Diliman kaso no sticker available pa, that was last month.” – Brian Ldrz

30 minutes lang! Done with the whole process. Tip: If your time can permit, just go around 3pm. The best! Wala nang pila whatsoever kasi pasara na in a few hours. No more stickers given because starting next year, we will transition to the Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) which all vehicles will be issued LTO RFID stickers that are permanent for each vehicle. All vehicles will also undergo strict inspection before it can be registered.” – Anjo Dominguez

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Yes, in about an hour when the LTO mobile unit went to our subdivision, complete with emission testing.” – Tom C III

I did it at the emission test center in Mandaluyong. Finished in less than 15 minutes (walang pila). Then I went to LTO (also in Mandaluyong). Finished the registration within two hours.” – Eric Benjamin Abril

Yes. Motorbike and car. Book online and go to the emissions center the day before your test to BOOK A TIME FOR YOUR EMISSIONS TEST. The queue for the emissions test is the problem, so BOOK A TIME and it is a breeze!” – Phil Stevens

“Naka-tsamba sa pila ng emission kasi holiday ’yung Friday, tapos kinabukasan is August 1 which is a Saturday. Naka-tsamba…walang pila pati sa LTO. Had my car registration renewed in a matter of 45 minutes all in all.” – Philip Castro Medina

Nope. Emissions test at LTO Las Piñas is impossible!” – Jayme Carlos


Yes, pero 4am nakapila na ako sa emissions para matapos sa umaga, hehe.” – Felix Alberto Cuevas

Yes. Gising nang maaga (4-5am) para makakuha ng priority number. Tapos punta ng emissions bago mag-close para diretso na.” – Joshua John Carlos

Yes. San Juan. Mabait at maayos ang screening sa pagpasok. TPL 15 minutes, emission 30 minutes, and payment 15 minutes. Walang sticker available.” – Iron Steel

“Dito sa Tarlac City, mabilis lang. Wala pang 1 hour tapos ang emission at registrationTwo cars ’yung pinarehistro ko, natapos nang same day pareho.” – Nes Perez

Done through the LTO offsite registration. Thanks to our barangay and LTO on Wheels.” – Sonny C. Albano

I had my two cars done in June and July, emission testing and registration in Subic...30 minutes for emission testing and one hour for registration...” – Ronald Ronquillo Reyes

“Magpa-emission ka na sa any accredited center ng LTO. Iyan lang naman ang pinaka-challenging eh. Take advantage of the self-service apps online for booking/scheduling. I did my registration today at 9am and yes, nakauwi naman bago mananghalian. Just avoid LTO FTI Taguig emission centers. Ang available booking nila ay December na at ’di ko alam kung bakit. Pero yung sa quick emission sa Quirino Ave, Tambo, Parañaque kanina walang dalawang oras tapos ako pati insurance. At walk-in lang iyon. Partida 9am na ako dumating.” – Aeron John Penones


Done at LTO near Makati City Hall. No hassle, everything was smooth, except that the sticker was not available. Also had to go to the MMDA Office to pay for yellow lane violation.” – Donald Palalay

Have you renewed your vehicle’s registration as well? Share your experience in the comments section.

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