LTO waives penalties for late renewal of driver’s licenses, vehicle registration

In light of the COVID-19 situation and Metro Manila community quarantine
by Leandre Grecia | Mar 14, 2020
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Is your driver’s license up for renewal soon? Or is your car’s registration expiring in the coming weeks? If so, you’re probably worried the current COVID-19 situation won’t be making things any easier for you when it comes to renewing these.

Here’s some good news: Following the declaration of a community quarantine for Metro Manila, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has decided to waive all penalties for the late registration of motor vehicles and the late renewal of driver’s licenses that are set to expire during the ongoing quarantine. If the expiry date on your license or registration falls anywhere from March 13 to April 12, 2020, then consider yourself fortunate.

In addition, the agency is extending the validity of all student-driver permits for the duration of the quarantine, so permit holders may still apply for a driver’s license afterwards. On the other hand, Temporary Operator’s Permits that expired on March 13 can also be settled without penalties.

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You can refer to the LTO’s Facebook post below to view the official memorandum:

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So, if you’re worried about paying fines to the LTO anytime soon, then don’t fret. For now, renewing your license or registering your vehicle should be the least of your concerns.

While you’re here, you can also check out our latest updates on the Metro Manila curfewadjusted mall operation hours, and the detailed social-distancing guidelines for public utility vehicles. And to stay in the loop amidst this COVID-19 pandemic, you can refer to this link.

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