The Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced a while back that it will waive penalties for the late renewal of driver’s licenses that were set to expire during this enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period. The initial advisory, however, only covered those expiring anytime from March 13 to April 12, 2020.
As we all know, the ECQ has been extended a couple of times since then, which means there are now more license holders that are stuck in similar situations than the agency might have expected. That said, if you’re part of that group, there’s still no need to worry—the LTO has just given the green light for a 60-day grace period for pending license renewals.
According to a report by GMA, LTO assistant secretary Edgar Galvante said that holders of expired driver’s licenses may still process their renewal without paying the necessary fines, provided that this process is completed within 60 days upon the lifting of ECQ and reopening of LTO offices.
“’Yung inabot ng quarantine, hindi sila nakapag-renew sa date, ine-extend naman ’yan. Bibigyan sila ng 60 days upon lifting ng quarantine,” Galvante said in an interview. “Ibig sabihin, kapag nagbukas na ulit ’yung opisina ng LTO para sa processing nung registration at renewal ng lisensya, from that time, within 60 days.”
Galvante added that the agency is considering operating on Saturdays to accommodate the number of people expected to immediately transact with the LTO as soon as offices reopen post-quarantine.
There was also mention of the renewal of motor vehicle registration without the supposed penalties, but no specific details were divulged. More on that as we have it, so watch this space.