After extending the driver's license validity to 5 years, the LTO now plans to modernize their systems to accommodate online transactions. Online transactions would make it more efficient for both motorcycle owners and riders to transact with the agency. Rather than having to head to an LTO office, one could transact with the agency in comfort and convenience. It would also promote transparency and help lessen corruption in the agency through fixers.
LTO Chief Edgar Galvante says that the idea of online transactions has been around for quite awhile, but has only acted on it recently. He adds that online registration is being done abroad, so why not do it here. Moreover, Galvante mentions that the 5 year license will be available by the end of the year.
“We are gearing towards online registration of driver’s license application and car registration. We need a credible IT to be able to enforce that,” Galvante added.
Apart from the LTO, the DOTr has also expressed their support of having an online system.
“Pinag-aaralan namin na sa hinaharap, kung wala kang violation, online na lang ang application ng lisensya,” said Tugade speaking before transport cooperative delegates and government officials at the 3rd National Congress for the Transport Cooperative Sector.
[We have been studying this for quite a while, and if a driver has no current violations, online application is the best way to go]
The LTO has yet to set a date regarding the implementation of online transactions in the agency.