Car Registration LTO Ultimate Guide: Requirements, Fee, Schedule & More

Jun 26, 2019 | Same topic: Best advice for car buyers
For this article, we learn the ins and outs of registering a car here in the Philippine Land Transportation Office.

Car registration here in the Philippines can be quite a challenge as many who have gone through it would usually say. But with a little patience and knowledge however, you can handle this process like a champ.

Car registration in the Philippines can often take a long time and so needs patience

Patience is the key especially in registering your car with the LTO

As you should already know, the registration of a motor vehicle is one of the most important aspects of owning a vehicle. If you bought new, a dealership will tend to include car registration along with your purchase and some might even offer it as a free extra.

After a while, the responsibility of registering your car will fall unto you. This is where the supposedly daunting part takes place. But as we’ve said, if you actually prepare and know the process beforehand, it will be a breeze.

As such, we here at Philkotse.com will provide you, our readers with the knowledge on car registration in the Philippines, LTO registration requirements, and of course the LTO registration fee.

1. Land Transportation Office Car Registration: Important things to know

First off, car registration in the Philippines is done in the Land Transportation Office Vehicle Registration office. While some LTO offices are small and you can where to register your car easily, some in major cities like here in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao are quite huge and you might actually get lost. Some LTO offices do not even have vehicle registration departments so take note.

A picture of an LTO office

The typical processing area in an LTO office. Almost everything is clad in blue.

In order for you to avoid that, the easiest way is to ask first as LTO offices actually have helpful front desk agents willing to direct you. One thing to avoid though are fixers as paying them for their services are illegal.

Most of these fixers hang around the area where you typically get a medical certificate for your driver’s license or around the gates of the LTO office itself.

Here are some contact details of some LTO offices here in Metro Manila:

LTO Branches for Registration
Contact
Makati LTO
Butel Building, Makati City

895-8678 or 897-5198

Diliman District Office LTO
Main Compoint, East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
723-7740 or 921-9017
Pasay District Office LTO
Domestic Road, Pasay City
834-2471
LTO NCR
San Roque, Cubao, Quezon City
440-6524 or 356-0708
LTO Navotas
Gen. Gas Plant Bldg., Fishport Complex, North Bay Navotas City
283-3510
LTO Mandaluyong
121 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
523-2726

>>> See more: Find a LTO renewal center: Complete list of LTO branches in Metro Manila.

As we’ve mentioned before, most dealers will offer to register your car for free or for a fee. Either way, knowing the actual process of how to register a new car will be invaluable for you especially if that dealership service is unavailable or if you actually want to save money by doing it yourself.

It is also worth noting that the LTO car registration validity is initially good for three years so you will have a lot of time to prepare the requirements and fees.

In order to avoid being hassled further in the process and to save time, there are several things you need to know about your vehicle.

  • Is it locally manufactured?
  • What type of vehicle is it?
  • What fuel does it use?
  • What is the car’s make/brand?
  • How much does it weight?
  • The car’s body type
  • The car’s year model
  • The car’s displacement and no. of cylinders

These are important details to be listed of the LTO certificate of registration. If you’re in doubt, contact your vehicle’s dealership or one of the LTO hotlines above for further clarification.

2. LTO Registration Requirements

Even before going to the nearest LTO office, you must prepare some documents before-hand. Here are the LTO registration forms and requirements for initial registration (brand-new) and renewal for both import cars and locally manufactured cars.

LTO registration requirements for locally manufactured motor vehicles

  • Original Sales Invoice of Motor Vehicle
  • Certificate of Quality Control
  • Certificate of Stock Report or CSR
  • A valid PNP-Highway Patrol Group Motor Vehicle Clearance Certificate
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report or MVIR
  • Insurance Certificate of Cover or COC
  • For public transport, MV’s a valid Certificate of Public Convenience from the LTFRB
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number or TIN

LTO registration requirements for imported cars

  • Bill of Lading
  • Certificate of Stock Reporter or CSR
  • Bureau of Customs Certificate of Payment
  • Sales Invoice of the motor vehicle
  • MVIR
  • Insurance Certificate of Cover
  • For public transport MV’s a valid Certificate of Public Convenience from the LTFRB
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number or TIN

LTO registration renewal requirements for motor vehicles

  • Photocopy of Certificate of Registration or CR and the Official Receipt of payment from your car’s previous registration.
  • Insurance Certificate of Cover or COC
  • MVIR form
  • Certificate of Emission Compliance of CEC
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number or TIN
  • Confirmation of Franchise from the LTFRB, in case of for hire only

If you want to check for your car’s current registration status, you can do an online LTO registration check on lto.net.ph. From there you can also check your LTO plate number on their motor vehicle backlog inquiry. This will allow you to view if your car’s license plate is already available or not.

>>> Worth to note: How to verify plate number in LTO online in the Philippines

lto vehicle registration check online via website

You can now check the status of LTO plate number registration online via lto.net.ph

There are times however that you actually lost your Certificate of Registration as such you might need an affidavit of loss.

The LTO themselves follows the format of an affidavit of loss for your Certification of Registration and this can be easily found on the Internet. After that, you need an attorney to notarize it so you have to prepare a fee of more or less Php 150.

3. LTO Registration Fee

Of course, one thing to prepare is money for your LTO car registration fee and other miscellaneous stuff like stickers, the LTO plate number, etc. So here is a helpful list and breakdown of the amount that you might need to prepare for your car’s registration.

LTO registration fee calculator - Philippines
Fee Cost
Initial fee Php 1,000/category
Renewal fee Php 400/catergory
Stickers and tags Php 50 each
Regular plate Php 450

As for the LTO penalty for late registration, here is a table of the corresponding fees you have to pay depending on the length of delinquency:

Delinquent Vehicle Registration
Penalty Fee
Past the registration week as indication by the middle digit of your car’s plate number
Php 200/week for cars and other vehicles
Php 100/week for motorcycles
Past the scheduled month but not more than a year based on your car’s last plate number digit
50% of the Motor Vehicle User Charge or MVUC
Beyond 12 months without being apprehended for LTO violations
50% of the MVUC plus the renewal fee
Beyond 12 months with the apprehension of LTO violations
50% of the MVUC plus renewal for every year delinquent

>>> Must keep in mind: Complete list of LTO fines and penalties in the Philippines.

4. LTO car registration schedule

In order for you to avoid paying for the LTO penalty for late registration, it would be prudent to learn about how the plate number based LTO registration schedule.

A picture of a pair of plate numbers

The current design of the Philippine plates. Always remember the digits on these for your registration renewal schedule

Month
Last number on your LTO supplied license plate
January
1
February
2
March
3
April
4
May
5
June
6
July
7
August
8
September
9
October
0

As for the middle digit, it actually corresponds to the weekly deadline of a renewal car registration schedule.

Week
Middle number on your LTO supplied license plate
1st to 7th working day
1,2,3
8th to the 14th working day
4,5,6
15th to the 21st working day
7,8
22nd to the last working day
9,0

So let’s say your plate’s numbers are 123, you will then have to renew your vehicle’s registration on the 1st to the 7th working day of the month of March. You can also renew your car’s registration ahead of schedule.

5. LTO Car Registration Process

Step #1

Proceed to one of the counters and submit required documents when asked. From here you will also receive the computation of fees you have to pay.

Step #2

An LTO officer will inspect your car. Follow all of his/her instructions when asked to do so.

Step #3

Submit duly accomplished MVIR

Step #4

Pay the fees and receive your official receipt

Step #5

Receive your certificate of registration, plates, tags, and stickers from the releasing officer.

An LTO official receipt of registration

If you're just renewing a car's registration, you'll only receive the official receipt and a registration sticker

6. Additional Tips

  • Bring a lot of loose change for Photocopy services
  • Double check your documents
  • Bring drinking water and a fan. It would also be wise to bring a spare shirt
  • Go to your nearest LTO early in the day.
  • Avoid fixers.
  • Double check your vehicle if it needs to be inspected. Make sure you have your early warning device in your trunk.
  • If renewing your car’s registration, do the emissions testing a day before going to the LTO. It will save you a lot of time and energy.

A picture of an empty wallet

It's also a good idea to withdraw all the money you need beforehand to avoid going back and forth to the nearest ATM

This wall of text and all those information might be a lot to take in. But in due time, as with many things in life, anyone can know the requirements for LTO processes by heart. Also, you’re new to this, patience is key for a seamless and stress-free registration or renewal process.

Source: Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel