We recently reported that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is allowing the late renewal of driver’s licenses that expired during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The agency has since released a more detailed announcement, which also covers the renewal of other documents such as vehicle registration.
According to the LTO’s latest advisory, all vehicle registrations that expired during the ECQ—from March 16, 2020 to the day government offices reopen—shall be automatically extended for 60 days. Brand-new vehicles bought not earlier than March 5, 2020, but have not yet been registered shall also not be penalized, provided that the sales of these vehicles are reported within 15 days upon the resumption of operations.
The LTO has laid out the schedule to be followed for the processing of these documents—check it out below:
Last digit of:
a. Plate number
b. Conduction sticker*
c. Month of initial registration (for motorcycles,
Priority period during the 60-day extension
|3 or MARCH if the middle or second to the last digit
of plate number is 7, 8, 9 or 0**
|1st and 2nd week|
|4 or APRIL||3rd, 4th, and 5th week|
|5 or MAY||6th, 7th, and 8th week|
*If vehicles have no plates yet
**Those vehicles with plate numbers that have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 as the middle or second to the last digit is not covered by this automatic extension as they are outside the coverage of the ECQ.
Meanwhile, temporary operator’s permits (TOPs) that expired during the ECQ will no longer serve as valid temporary licenses. However, the ECQ duration shall not be counted in the computation of penalties, and the settlement of apprehension cases for TOPs will automatically be extended for 30 calendar days upon the reopening of offices.
In addition, other documents such as medical certificates and certificates of emission compliance that weren’t submitted to the LTO during ECQ and which expired within the same period shall still be accepted up to 60 calendar days after operations restart. The LTO has also advised the public that no advance renewals of any documents will be entertained during this transition period to avoid congestion at its offices.
So, in case you were planning any trips to the LTO as soon as this quarantine is lifted, be advised. Watch this space, too, for more updates from the LTO and other government offices—we’ll bring you more as we have them.