On a document dated May 16, 2019, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) directed all Private Emission Testing Centers (PETC), IT Service Providers and LTO Regional Directors to strictly implement the Department Order No. 2012-10 - requiring motor vehicle and motorcycle owners to submit the Official Receipt/ Certificate of Registration (OR/CR) and Certificate of Authorization to use Temporary Number Plates when conducting the required emission testing prior to renewal of vehicle/ motorcycle registration.

LTO retracts its previous order on emission testing image

Copy of the memo sent to us by our source from the LTO

The memo reads: “This is in relation to the Memorandum dated 16 May 2019, relative to the conduct of emission test of vehicles WITHOUT license plates.

As a result of the public consultation held on Thursday, 23 May 2019, and in response to public clamor as to the inconvenience of requiring an original copy of the Official Receipt (OR)/ Certificate of Registration (CR), both the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) hereby allow a PHOTOCOPY of the OR/CR of vehicles without license plates for the purpose of conducting emission tests, effective immediately.” 

After much public clamor, the LTO issued another Joint Memorandum addressed to the same dated May 24, 2019, that the Agency is now allowing the use of photocopy OR/CR for the purposes of conducting emission tests effective immediately. The said memo, however, did not clarify if the Certificate of Authorization to use Temporary Number Plate(s) will still be required as per Department Order No. 2012-10.