LTO extends validity of car registration amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has moved to further extend the validity of registration for motor vehicles amid the resent situation brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 

“We are continuously extending the validity and the period for renewal of registration of motor vehicles since March. This is in adherence to the directive of Secretary Tugade, at the start of the community quarantine, to consider the health and economic crisis we are facing,”  LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar C. Galvante said.

For motor vehicles with plate numbers ending in 6 or those scheduled for registration renewal in June in all areas other than the National Capital Region (NCR), Laguna, Cebu, and Region III, renewal registration validity is extended for 30 days from 30 June 2020. 

Thus, no penalty shall be collected for renewal transactions from July 1 to 31 2020 for these motor vehicles.

Meanwhile, LTO offices have given all motor vehicles plate numbers ending in 6 or those scheduled for renewal in June in NCR, Laguna, Cebu, and Region III, an additional 30 days of extended validity period. 

This is on top of the 60 days extension given by LTO beginning from the date of the agency’s work resumption on 03 June 2020. This means that these vehicles have an extended deadline until  September 3,  2020.

Further, an extension of thirty (30) days for renewal registration is given for motor vehicles with plate numbers ending in 7, 8, 9 and 0 in all LTO offices. The 30-day extension is effective from their supposed expiration as follows:

Plates ending in 7- from July 31 now adjusted to August 31;

Plates ending in 8- from August now adjusted to September 30; 

Plates ending in 9-from September 30  now adjusted to October 31; and 

Plates ending in 0- from October 31 to  November 30 2020.

No penalty and surcharge shall also be collected for renewal transactions within the revised schedule given by the LTO. The said schedule will be implemented in order to avoid congestion at LTO offices and ensure that the processing of transactions will observe strict health and safety protocols.

Galvante appeals to motorists to follow the revised schedule of renewal transactions, and to not wait for the deadline, to effectively carry out smooth transactions, as well as avoid aberrations, especially as the chance of COVID-19 transmission within the community remains high.

“Aside from considering the financial health of motorists, we have crafted this schedule so that we can create a systematic and organized process of renewal of motor vehicle registration in all our offices. This is also to ensure that the clients’ and our employees’ welfare are well-protected at all cost,” the LTO Chief emphasized,” he added.

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