Motorcycle riders should be intimately familiar with how a certificate of registration looks like, what with all the times we’re asked to show it at checkpoints. Typically, it’s photocopied with the current official receipt (OR) as proof that the bike has been registered. Now this yellow card is finally getting a reformat.

LTO shows new certificate of registration image

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is overhauling its look in order to be more compliant with the upcoming Land Transportation Management System (LTMS). The new Certificate of Registration will be used for LTO’s new system that hopes to make it easier to book appointments and pay dues online.


With the new LTMS, motorists may now submit an application, book an appointment and pay for driver’s license transactions by registering an account at portal.lto.gov.ph.

The LTO says the CR is now larger “to provide enough space for the inclusion of additional significant vehicle information and to increase the font size to make the details therein easily readable.” The agency adds that its size is now the same as other certificates issued by other government agencies.

The LTO hopes this change in size will also reduce the likelihood of requests for duplicate CR, because the small card is usually lost.

LTO shows new certificate of registration image

Besides the size, the new CR will also include vehicle classification (private, for hire, except, etc.), which was usually detailed in the OR. It will also have the new vehicle category designation which is aligned with Philippine National Standards (PNS) on the classification and definition of power-driven vehicles (L 1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, M1 I M2, M3, N1 I N2, N3, 01, 02, 03, 04, SA, SB, SC, SD). Take note that the new license already details these new categories. Vehicle color has also been brought back for the new system.

The LTO added special categories in the new CR. These include maximum power in kilowatts for electric vehicles, year model, and year rebuilt. The third item is for imported used vehicles and is based on the oldest part fitted on the car.

Denomination and body number have been removed in favor of vehicle type (car, UV, SUV, Bus, Truck, MC/TC, or trailer) and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Shipping weight, net capacity, and the number of cylinders have also been deleted. Last but not least is a dedicated space for remarks on the vehicle.

Perhaps, those registering their vehicle for the first time this year will already get this new CR. Let us know in the comments if you have.