It’s that time of the year again where we start lining up to the nearest Land Transporation Office (LTO) in our respective areas to register our motorcycles.
Since it's the first month of the year, all motorcycles with a number plate or MV File number that ends in 1 are due to begin their motorcycle’s registration renewal process. In the coming months, those ending in 2 will file in February, 3 in March, 4 in April, 5 in May, and so on.
We’ve made a step-by-step guide to the renewal process in this article “Motorcycle registration renewal for newbies”.
What's different this year is the roll out of the new Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS).
Last we checked, LTO offices still accept a compliance certification from an authorized Private Emission Testing Center (PETC). With the implementation of the MVIS through Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs), some LTO satellite offices have begun implementing a new policy of only accepting MVIS certificates from authorized PMVICs.
If you’re from Biñan or San Pedro, Laguna, the old-fashioned certificates from a PETC will no longer suffice in your respective LTO satellite offices. This applies to cars, motorcycles, SUVs, pickups, vans, or any light vehicle.
Where to go?
For those who are wondering what to do, here are two options:
- Go to the authorized PMVICs for Region IV-A (CALABARZON), which are located in Cabuyao, Laguna (Rlap Motor Vehicle Inspection Services), and Dasmariñas, Cavite (DASCA Automotive Inspection Center).
- The second option, is to proceed with the PETC, and have your motorcycle or vehicle registered at a different LTO satellite office that still accepts an emission compliance certificate. You will need to pay an additional Change Venue fee, however, to the LTO.
For now, it seems these PMVICs are only equipped to inspect light vehicles. If you happen to have a heavy vehicle weighing over 4,500 kilograms, you can still visit the Biñan or San Pedro, Laguna LTO for vehicle registration with only a certificate from the PETC.