Metro Manila drive-thru registration renewal process depends on regional directors

Earlier, reported about the Land Transportation Office region 7's Drive-Thru Vehicle Registration Renewal Center, which is located at the MVIC Complex in Subangdaku, Mandaue City, Cebu. The drive-through renewal center was able to accommodate 1,113 vehicles and 1,299 motorcycles in just one month of operations that started on July 6, 2020.

For us motorists living here in Metro Manila and its surrounding areas, it is inevitable to ask if the LTO has plans on also implementing the program here. The pandemic has resulted in a tremendous transactions backlog at the LTO, leading to a lot of problems motorists must endure like long lines and even sleeping at the emissions testing center just to get a slot on the next day’s business hours.

LTO’s executive director, Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, has told that the drive-thru vehicle renewal center (like that in Cebu) may see the light of day here, but with conditions.

“It depends on the regional directors. They were given the discretion,” said Atty. Vera Cruz via text message to

So far, LTO Region 7’s new drive-thru renewal center is able to accommodate 8 motorcycles and 5 vehicles per hour. That means a motorcycle’s registration renewal process is completed every 8 minutes, while a car’s registration renewal is completed every 12 minutes.

LTO’s NCR West Regional Director, Atty. Clarence “Chuck” Guinto, has also confirmed with that with the help of the LTO’s new IT system which is hoped to streamline and make transactions faster, it may be possible.

“We are going there. With the new LTO IT SYSTEM, we can improve a lot and be more compliant with Ease of Doing Business Law,” said Atty. Guinto. The Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, is an act that aims to streamline the current systems and procedures of government services.

Can you imagine renewing your vehicle or motorcycle’s registration being as easy and fast as a fast-food drive-thru counter?