Monday, February 20, 2017

Easy as 1-2-3: LTO Car Registration Renewal


It's February again, time to renew my car's LTO registration. Except for the last digit of the car plate that tells me the month when I should renew the LTO registration of my car, I always forget the week when I'm expected to renew it, so I did a quick check on the LTO website.


For quick reference, I lifted below guidelines from the LTO website (updated as of February 2, 2017).



2017 Car Registration Renewal Experience

Last February 8, I renewed my car registration in LTO Pasig, near Estancia / Capitol Commons. I arrived around 2:40 PM and finished the whole process in 2 hours. I can say that the car registration renewal was fairly easy, one can do it even without a fixer.
Note: I know that fixers are prohibited from government offices, so I wonder why there were still some guys outside the compound asking me if I'll be renewing my car registration. Since I know that I can do it by myself, I didn't bother talking to them.

Unlike in LTO Malate where my car was previously registered, this LTO branch has a 30 Peso parking fee.

After I parked my car, I immediately proceeded to the helpdesk for MV registration. A guy named Rodel assisted me in getting a stencil of my engine number and chassis number. It was done in less than a minute. He then asked for a photocopy of my car's OR and CR, which I prepared before going to LTO, and began filling up other information in the renewal form. After this, he told me to get TPL insurance and take the emission test.

It was easy securing a TPL insurance for my car. For convenience, there's a dedicated room for that, which can easily be found. After paying 980 Pesos for the TPL Insurance, I got the policy and receipt in less than 10 minutes. The receipt was later on attached to the registration renewal form.


After getting TPL insurance, I headed to the emission test cashier window and paid 450 Pesos.


Since several vehicles were on queue, I had to wait for my turn. After the test has been conducted, I waited another 10 minutes for the results to be provided. All in all, I spent 50 minutes for the emission test step.
Note: Due to boredom, I had a quick chat with the guy handling the test. Since I noticed that some vehicles were being stenciled while having the emission test, I asked him the proper order of steps (if ever there's one). He said that emission test should actually be the first step, followed by the TPL insurance, before heading to the MV registration helpdesk. But it's fine to mix up the order, what's important is you'll have all the requirements eventually (i.e., MV renewal form, emission test result, TPL insurance). Based on my observation, since you can do the first and third steps in parallel, time spent can be reduced. So next year, I'll follow the order he suggested when renewing my car registration.

I returned to Rodel together with the registration renewal form, insurance receipt and emission test results. He told me he'll forward my documents to the MV inspector and just wait for my name to be called.

I waited close to 1 hour for my name to be called. After paying the fees, I proceeded to the releasing area for the car sticker. I was surprised that the car sticker was already available.
Note: I didn't bother returning to LTO Malate for my 2016 car registration sticker because after waiting for several months, I got tired following up with them if my sticker was already available. 

My latest sticker is different compared to my previous one (for the 3-year registration). It's probably the new design that came with the revised car plate. I never got the chance to change my car plate to the new design (i.e., white version), so it's my first time to get this sticker design.



I hope this post will be helpful to those planning to renew their car registration soon. For more information, don't hesitate to visit the LTO website.


43 comments:

  1. This article on renewing car registration is very informative. I planned on buying a used car but is a bit hesitant due to horrific stories about delays in receiving stickers, license plates, etc. Your article on your car registration renewal experience including the place where you had it done is very enlightening. It gives me an idea on what to expect during the renewal process. I am an expat and I am more convinced now to buy a used car instead of renting next time go back to the Phil for an extended vacation. Thank you very much.

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks too for visiting my blog. :)

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  2. Thank you po sa post nyo... laking bagay po nito para sa mga tulad naming walang alam sa pag renew ng rehistro

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    1. hi!Glenn.I bought a second-hand car.Car was bought in October 2014, I want to know.If the next three years, I have no register to pay how many money?

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  3. Need your help, this is my first time and I am really worried right now. I bought my car last July 2014 and it was registered for the initial 3 years. I am not sure if my understanding is correct that I am registered until the end of 2016. Am I correct? Because I did renew last October 2016 (October 1st week is my schedule based on the guide from LTO website). Now I am worrying because I might have missed counting :( Now that I will just renew (and already late) this 2017, am I already a year late? Please respond thanks

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    1. Correction - Because I did NOT renew last October 2016

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    2. Your understanding is correct, you are registered until 2016. You are then supposed to renew your registration last October 2017. You're a couple of months late already so visit LTO as soon as possible.

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  4. Thanks for your informative blog. I've been a car owner for more than 10 years already but every time I would have my car registered, I still check for some updates in various sites and blogs. I usually register my car in LTO Makati. I also made my payment there for the new plates two years ago but I still don't have the plate (even the stickers....I think they should refund or offset the payment for this as they were not able to issue any sticker). I'm due for registration next month and I'm planning to renew in LTO Pasig. I'm just surprise that they have parking fees (this should not be the case, I guess). Also, the TPL is quite expensive. I only got it for 600+ in LTO Makati ('though I'm not sure if those insurance companies outside are legit..hmmm). Anyway, I'm planning to get my CTPL from Cebuana Lhuillier as cost is only less than 700.

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    1. Yeah, I was also surprised that they collect parking fee. :( I agree with the TPL cost, the one I got from LTO Malate was cheaper. Thanks for sharing the tip on the TPL from Cebuana Lhuiller, there's a branch in Kapitolyo so I'll probably get one from them a day or two before I renew my registration next month. :)

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  5. If I may ask, what is the model of your car and how much did the renewal cost you?

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    1. The car involved here is a Mitsubishi Mirage. I paid 1929.09 Pesos, which includes the 100 Peso change venue fee.

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  6. Hi my car is initially registered Dec 2014 based on OR CR with 3 years validity. Ending plate number is 14. I’m really confused as when the registration expires and what year I supposed to renew. Please advise. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi. Most probably, your car is registered until 2016 (you can verify through the LTO sticker). For 2017, you should have renewed your registration during the first 7 working days of April 2017. I suggest that you visit LTO as soon as possible (be prepared to pay late registration fee too).

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  7. Hoping you guys can help me, i have an old car which is dead as a dodo the whole year of 2017 and because of that, i didnt bother registering, now it's working once more and planning to register this year(march is my due)my question is how much it will cost me for the registration, do i need to register it twice (one for 2017 and another for this year) or can i just proceed for 2018 registration and pay the penalty? Thanks and hope someone can help, more power!

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  8. Hi would like to ask how much is the total cost for the renewal?

    Thanks :)

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    1. I paid 1929.09 Pesos for the registration of a Mitsubishi Mirage, which includes the 100 Peso change venue fee.

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  10. Hello, I have question about the correct registration. My car was registered August 2015 for the 3yrs filed by Honda. Car plate number is ending in 11 meaning i should renew the registration by January 1st week. My question is should i wait for July before i renew or the correct is this last January (I already passed the schedule :(... thanks

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    1. Hello, thanks for checking out my blog. You should have renewed your car registration last January. :(

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  11. I bought a 2nd hand car toyota corolla 1995 model. It was registered by father in law dated April 2017. The vehicle ownership transfer on my name and lto gave me a new certificate of registration dated Jan 2018. My plate# last digit is 4. Do I need to register this coming April 2018?

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    1. Yes, you still need to register it.

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  12. I bought a 2nd hand car toyota corolla 1995 model. It was registered by father in law dated April 2017. The vehicle ownership transfer on my name and lto gave me a new certificate of registration dated Jan 2018. My plate# last digit is 4. Do I need to register this coming April 2018?

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    1. Yes, you still need to register it.

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  13. Hello, just bought a secondhand motorcycle. It was registered by the previous owner (new purchase) last July 2017. Should the renewal of registration be done in 3 years? or the following year?

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    1. Should be done on the following year, i.e., 2020

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  14. Hi! I find this blog very helpful. Just a question (though I have read similar questions above), bought my car May 2015 with 3 yrs LTO registration. Ending plate number is 43. Should I wait for 2019 since expiration of my 3 yrs registration is May 2018 or should I renew this month now? Thanks :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog. You're already due for registration renewal this month. Your first year of registration is for 2015, second is for 2016 and third is for 2017. So you should renew your car registration annually starting this year. :)

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    2. Unfortunately my plate number is not yet inserted on their system but I have requested it now to be inserted. Thanks again!

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  15. Hi! Ok lang po ba ibang tao mag process ng renewal? In my case nakabili ako ng used car pero di pa na transfer sa name ko. Ako po sana mag process. Salamat!

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    1. Yes, ok lang kahit ikaw na yung mag-asikaso ng registration, just need to prepare photocopy nung OR and CR. If possible, isabay mo na din yung pagtransfer sa name mo para isang lakaran na lang. :)

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    2. Thanks for the info sir! :)

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  16. I just want to ask if you have idea on the penalty of 3 years late registration of vehicle. Thank you

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    1. Just like to share in relation to late registration. See link below for some idea on penalty

      https://www.topgear.com.ph/features/tip-sheet/penalty-car-registration-a44-20180103

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  17. This post is very helpful.

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  18. Sir question, my car was bought June 03 2016 and registered on June 28 2016 based sa CR. No plate no. stated. Tama po ba na till June 2019 valid pa yung registration? If there will be no plate issued by then, sa June 2019 lang din ako dapat magrenew?

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  19. Hello po ask ko lang magkano kaya aabutin ko ng gastos paparegister ko sskyan ko mitsubishi lancer.
    May pa ang expire.
    Wala naman penalty..

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  20. Hi, pwede na ba mag register ngayong May 2018 pero June 2018 pa ang registration ko.. thanks a lot!

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  21. Hi po, 2nd hand car po binili namen. So yung orcr is nakapangalan sa unang owner. Di po kami magpapatransfer of ownership. Yung details pa din po ng owner ang ilalagay namin pati sa ctpl?

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    1. Yes, dun pa din sa previous owner nakapangalan.

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