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LTO: Medical certificates for license applications should now be submitted online

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Applying for a driver’s license? Listen up: Beginning today, January 7, 2019, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will only be accepting medical certificates submitted online.

The new regulation is in line with Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2157, which requires all LTO licensing sites to accept “only electronically transmitted Medical Examination Certificates to the LTO IT Systems.” This applies to both student permit applications and driver’s/conductor’s license applications and renewals.

While the new rule takes effect in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 11 today, its implementation in other parts of the country is as follows:

  1. Region 5, Region 4A, Region 4B, Region 7 – January 14, 2019
  2. Region 6, Region 9, Region 12 – January 21, 2019
  3. Region 1, Region 2, Region 3 – January 28, 2019
  4. Region 10, Region 8, CAR, and CARAGA – February 4, 2019

The embedded Facebook post of LTO NCR below states that “only registered medical clinics/physicians are allowed in LTO IT System.” In line with this, the memorandum directs all physicians intending to issue medical certificates to register at their respective LTO regional offices at least one week before the date of implementation. Physicians who wish to register outside the time period must have their documents checked at their respective regional offices via the agency’s regional operations divisions head.

You can check out Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2157 in its entirety below. Do you think this move will help streamline the LTO’s license application process?


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