LTO keen on fixing driver’s license laser engravers by 2023

Last week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has reported that some of their district and extension offices have faulty or non-working laser engravers for the printing of driver’s licenses. Because of this, about 92,000 driver’s licenses are in backlog and are yet to be delivered to their respective drivers.

Yesterday, LTO chief, Atty. Jay Art Tugade said that the agency is targeting on fixing those faulty driver’s license laser engravers (printers) by February of next year.

“We were already informed that the vital parts necessary for the repair of the laser engravers are already available at the Customs. We need to put them in one by one to the machines and evaluate them. As for the timeline, we are looking at fixing the machines by February of next year,” said Tugade.

For the time being, the new LTO chief has instructed all regional, district, and extension offices to refer their clients to Driver’s License Renewal Centers (DLROs) with functional laser engravers within their jurisdictions to avoid further inconvenience to the motoring public.

“This can serve as a stop-gap measure for the meantime while we await the repairs of defective laser engravers to be completed. Also, informing the public which office to go for driver’s license issuance and renewal prevents confusion and further inconvenience to them,” added Tugade.