In a bid to ease the long lines at their district offices, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is extending the validity of registration of motor vehicles. This extension means that no penalties for late renewal of vehicle registration will be imposed for another 30 days. This was done in consideration of the present situation brought about by the recent pandemic and community quarantine.
“We are continuously extending the validity and the period for renewal of registration of motor vehicles since March. This is in adherence to the directive of Secretary Tugade, at the start of the community quarantine, to consider the health and economic crisis we are facing,” said Edgar Galvante, LTO Assistant Secretary.
For vehicles with plate numbers ending in 6, certificates of registration (CR) dated June, or those scheduled for registration renewal in June in NCR, Laguna, Cebu, and Region III, an additional 30 days of extended validity is now in effect. This is on top of the 60-day extension that the LTO has already given from the date of the agency's resumption last June 3, 2020. This means that all of these vehicles now have an extended deadline until September 3, 2020.
Meanwhile, those scheduled to have their registrations renewed last June in all areas other than Laguna, Cebu, and Region III, have another 30 days from June 30, 2020. No penalty will be imposed for renewal transactions from July 1 – July 31, 2020.
This also applies to vehicles that have plate numbers ending in 7, 8, 9, and 0, or CRs dated July, August, September, October for 30 days in all LTO offices. With it, plates ending in 7 or CRs dated July can now renew their registrations without a penalty until August 31, 2020. Motorcycles with plate numbers ending in 8 or CRs dated August will be able to have their registrations renewed until September 30, 2020. For motorcycles with plates ending in 9 or CRs dated September, the deadline has been extended from September 30 to October 31, 2020. Last but not least, bikes that have plates ending in 0 or CRs dated October can renew their registration until November 30, 2020.
Even with the renewal extension, Asec. Galvante asks motorists to still follow the revised schedule and not wait for the deadline. This will help the LTO to effectively carry out smooth transactions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Aside from considering the financial health of motorists, we have crafted this schedule so that we can create a systematic and organized process of renewal of motor vehicle registration in all our offices. This is also to ensure that the clients’ and our employees’ welfare are well-protected at all cost,” added Galvante.
This should be a sigh of relief, particularly to many motorists dreading the long lines at emission testing and worrying if they can make the deadline. This comes just weeks after the emission testing daily cap has been increased to also help motorists renew their vehicles.