has just been informed that the LTO, in a memorandum, has released official and sanctioned specifications for the Motor Vehicle File Number-based temporary plates for motorcyclists to use in lieu of their yet-to-be-released plates. The order also rebuilt or used imported motorcyclces.

The memorandum was issued by the LTO accredited dealerships and has the full specs for the said temporary plates which will be manufactured by the dealerships for their customers. The LTO ordered that the said temporary plate will be manufactured from a “Reflective Sturdy Material” and specified that it use Arial Black as the official font.

The image above depicts the specifications of the temporary plate.

For lack of a conduction sticker, the Motor Vehicle (MV) File Number number will serve as the focal point of the motorcycle temporary plate. In addition, the word REGISTERED as well as the name of the dealer it was bought from must also be visible. The LTO also ordered that the temporary plates will have to indicate the Region it was registered in (Region 3 covers Central Luzon, i.e. Bulacan).

The specs indicate the complete measurements of the said plates as well as spacing between the lines. The LTO even went so far as to specify the size of the font to be used, such as 90 point Arial Black.

LTO temporary plate memorandum

The document implies that the LTO's order was made to curb the use of unregistered motor vehicles given the agency's mandate under RA 4136, and specifically indicates the use of the Motor Vehicle (MV) File Number as the official basis for registration on top of the CS number.

Unlike Conduction Stickers, MV File Numbers are generated once a motorcycle is duly registered and encoded with the LTO. It is a clearer indication to the LTO and their partner agencies that all fees are paid and the bonafide owner has taken delivery of the said vehicle. Normally the LTO issues the computer-generated MV File Numbers after a week from the purchase date, though our source says the agency is claiming they can do it in three days.

The memorandum makes no mention as to who will bear the cost of manufacturing the temporary plates, though it is presumed that the dealer will have to, given that the order also states that dealers will be sanctioned for failing to adhere to the specifications.

This new memorandum will take effect on February 15, 2017.