The Land Transportation Office's (LTO) registration and renewal procedures may have already improved by leaps and bounds, but sometimes, you yourself make the process extra-stressful—by putting off your annual visit until the very last minute.
And we're sure that for many motorists, the 'very last minute' ends up falling on a weekend or holiday, when LTO offices are closed. But is all hope lost? Will you now have to shell out extra and settle a penalty?
The answer is no, not necessarily.
In 2018, the LTO released Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2131, which provides guidelines for transactions if the due date falls on a weekend or holiday. Here are some important things to note:
1. New Registration Units (NRUs) and selected District Offices (DOs) authorized to process new registration transactions are directed not to collect penalty for sales invoices presented for new registration, with the 7th day falling on the aforesaid days. They are advised to use the MVUC Adjustment functionality in the LTO IT System as they process the covered new registration transactions.
2. No Penalty shall be collected if the application for renewal of registration is presented /submitted on the next working day.
3. Driver's licenses due for renewal shall be accepted without the collection of penalty if presented on the next working day.
4. The validity of student permits that expire on the aforesaid days are hereby extended until the next working day.
Key words? Next working day.
Basically, you're given a break, but you're also expected to get your renewal or registration in order as soon as possible. Get moving, buddy.