Plot twist: LTO again accepting hard copies of medical certificates

by Jason Tulio | Jan 9, 2019
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Well, that didn’t last long. Last week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced that medical certificates for student-permit applications and driver’s/conductor’s license applications and renewals should be submitted online, as stated in Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2157. Now, just days later, the government organization seems to have changed its mind.

The LTO NCR Facebook page posted the announcement below earlier today, stating that it will accept hard copies of medical certificates in place of electronically submitted copies “until further notice.” The rollout of the online submission process began in the National Capital Region and Region 11 on Monday, January 7, with other regions scheduled to follow.

The announcement last week took a lot of flak from motorists, with many criticizing the added steps and red tape for what should be a pretty straightforward affair. Perhaps this is the LTO’s way of reassessing its approach. However, it’s not clear from the post whether or not the online submission process will be scrapped entirely. 

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