The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued a memorandum circular ordering all of its offices to discontinue the issuance of motor vehicle validation stickers and plate number year tags.
According to the agency, this is in preparation for the full implementation of the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVIC) and Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) stickers.
Unlike today’s Private Emission Testing Centers (PETCs), the new PMVICs will not only check for compliance with emissions standards but also a vehicle’s roadworthiness. This includes aspects like working lights, critical functions, as well the vehicle’s state of maintenance and operability. Results will then be automatically sent to the LTO’s IT system for processing. This will be a requirement prior to registration.
Inspection stickers, however, will still be issued at PMVICs only during the inspection. The existing cost of stickers will still be collected. Also, LTO’s Management Information Division (MID) will coordinate with STRADCOM for the upload deactivation of validation of sticker serial numbers to prevent incomplete transactions due to the non-issuance of validation stickers and plate year tags.