Those looking to get a head start on their vehicle registration may be in for some disappointment. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has announced today that their National Capital Region (NCR), Laguna, as well as Region 3 offices will resume operations on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, or 3 days after the imposition of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
Once open, the LTO offices will be enforcing strict health and safety guidelines, such as the mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing. Persons under 21 years old, 60 years old and above (senior citizens), and pregnant women will not be allowed to transact with the office, pursuant to Executive Order No. 112, series of 2020. Only those aged 21 and older, but younger than 60 may conduct transactions with the LTO.
To avoid congestion, the agency will implement priority queuing based on the last digit of the motorcycle's plate number. If no plate has been issued yet, the basis will be the date of initial registration.
For those planning to register, Certificate of Emission Compliance (Smoke Emission Test) and Medical Certificates, which have not been submitted to LTO during the period from March 16, 2020 up to the work resumption but have expired during the same shall still be accepted within sixty (60) calendar days from work resumption.
The LTO did say, through its Executive Director, Romeo Vera Cruz, that the first 2 days of office this week will be utilized to prepare their offices and make them compliant with the current government protocols on physical distancing and disinfection.
On May 9, the agency announced that they will be resuming operations in GCQ areas outside Metro Manila starting May 13 – also a Wednesday – with the strict implementation of “new normal” protocols.