New LTO memo allows 3-year registration for all new motorcycles

After a string of not-so-good news from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), agency chief, Atty. Jayart Tugade has signed a new memorandum that allows all brand-new motorcycles to have a 3-year registration – the same as cars and big bikes.

Under the previous LTO rule, only new motorcycles with 201cc and above displacement can be registered with 3-years validity.

LTO to allow 3-year registration for new 200cc and below motorcycles image

“It is hereby directed that initial registration of brand new motorcycles with an engine displacement of 200cc and below shall be valid for three (3) years,” as stated in  Memorandum Circular No. JMT-2023-2395.

Higher MVUC

The MVUC, or the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge, aka road user’s tax, is charged annually every time you renew your vehicle or motorcycle’s registration with the LTO. It is also charged by the agency at the initial registration of brand-new motorcycles and vehicles.

That said, if your newly-purchased underbone or scooter can now be registered as valid for 3 years, the MVUC will also be three times the usual value. “It is understood that the MVUC to be collected during the initial registration shall likewise be adjusted to cover the corresponding registration validity period,” added LTO.

LTO chief Jayart Tugade also stressed that the agency sees no issues with 200cc and below motorcycles with 3-year registrations when it comes to roadworthiness since these are still practically brand-new.

Memorandum Circular No. JMT-2023-2395 will become effective on May 15, 2023.