The Land Transportation Office (LTO) recently extended the validity of motor vehicle registration of certain vehicles in light of the previous suspension of operations when certain parts of the country were first placed under enhanced community quarantine. However, the situation at LTO offices hasn’t been ideal as of late.
Apart from applications for transfer of motorcycle ownership flooding the agency, the long queues at emission testing centers both within and outside of Metro Manila have made it extremely difficult for motorists to complete their registration renewals.
Fortunately, the LTO has now decided to extend its deadlines even further. According to its latest announcement, the registration validity of vehicles with plate numbers (or conduction stickers, if plates are still unavailable) ending in 6, 7, and 8 is extended until September 30, 2020.
With this, the registration of the indicated vehicles may be renewed until the new deadline without penalties and surcharges. This announcement came after the government agreed to shift Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal back under modified enhanced community quarantine from August 4 to 18.
UPDATE (August 5, 9:00am): The LTO has released another update, indicating that the registration validity of vehicles with plates ending in 9 and 0 have been extended to October 30 and November 30, respectively. Check out the official announcement below:
As early as March, the LTO started waiving penalties, adjusting deadlines, and giving leeway for car owners to complete their transactions with the agency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has since made several changes as well, including the requirement of course completion certificates for driver’s license applications that will supposedly take effect today, August 3.
Have you been to any LTO office lately? What’s your take on the agency’s decision to move its deadlines further back? Let us know what you think in the comments. While you’re at it, you might as well refresh yourself on the guidelines for the different types of community quarantine by reading our explainer here.