Car registration renewal in the Philippines: Everything you need to know

Updated Jun 02, 2021 | Same topic: Best Advice for Car Buyers

Here is our comprehensive guide to car registration renewal in the Philippines.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the one responsible for making sure that all vehicles in the country are registered and roadworthy. As a general rule, the government agency is requiring all motorists to renew their registration every year, after the initial three-year registration validity on brand-new cars.

If you fail to register your car depending on the guidelines set out by LTO, you will be charged with hefty fines that can reach as much as Php 10,000. However, renewing your car’s registration is not as simple as ABC considering that the process comes with strict guidelines every motorist should follow including the different designated renewal dates.

With that being said, we have listed down four things you need to keep in mind on how to renew car registration in LTO. Renewing your car on its designated registration date will not only save you from hefty fines, but can also ensure that your car is always in tip-top shape.

1. When to renew car registration in the Philippines

LTO renewal of car registration is decided by the car’s license plate number. The last digit of the plate number tells you your month of vehicle renewal. So for example, if your car’s license plate number ends in 1, then it is due for January. You may see the full list of monthly schedules below.

car registration renewal in lto

When to renew car registration in the Philippines?

As for the weekly deadline of registration, you may also follow this number scheme but using the 2nd to the last digit (the mid digit) of the plate number instead. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 should be registered on working days from the first to 7th of the month (the 1st week of the month); alternately, 4, 5, and 6 on the 2nd week; 7 and 8 on 3rd week; then lastly, 9 and 0 on the last week of the month.

Monthly schedule of car registration renewal in the Philippines
Last digit of plate number Monthly schedule
1 January
2 February
3 March
4 April
5 May
6 June
7 July
8 August
9 September
0 October

Weekly deadline of car registration renewal

The 2nd to the last digit of plate number Weekly deadline
(on working days of the month)
Week 1 = 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Week 2 = 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Week 3 = 7 8 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Week 4 = 9 0 22 up to the last day of the month

Let’s take the license plate ABC 5678 as a particular instance.

For monthly schedule, the last digit is 8 signifying your vehicle should be registered in August. Meanwhile, 7 is the 2nd to the last digit of your plate number, so you should visit the LTO on the working days of the 3rd week of August (from 15 to 21). If you have to renew this vehicle this year, it will be on August 15, 16, 17, 20, and 21.

monthly schedule and weekly deadline of car registration renewal in the Philippines

Please note that you can definitely register your car one month in advance

All Pinoy motorists must stick to this schedule or LTO car registration renewal will cost you some of your hard-earned money. There are penalties that will be imposed once you don't attend to your mandated schedule. If you decide to drive with expired car registration, the LTO will fine you as much as Php 10,000 and impound your vehicle.

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2. LTO requirements for renewal of car registration

There are plenty of LTO requirements for the renewal of car registration that you should strictly comply with. A few of the reasons why the government agency has strict guidelines include preventing any illegal car ownership in the country and ensuring that all vehicles on Philippine roads are roadworthy to reduce road accidents.

To answer your question on how to renew car registration, you must present the following in any of your preferred LTO branches:

  • Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (COC)
  • Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC)
  • Photocopy of Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt of payment
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number

Meanwhile, here are the documents you need to present to LTO if you decide to register a new imported car:

  • Bill of lading
  • Certificate of Stock Reporter (CSR)
  • Bureau of Customs Certificate of Payment
  • Sales Invoice of the motor vehicle
  • MVIR
  • Insurance Certificate of Cover
  • Certificate of Public Convenience from the LTRFB for public transport MVs
  • Taxpayer's Identification Number of TIN

3. LTO car registration renewal fee

The initial fee for registering your car in the Philippines is 1,000. There are still other costs that can be imposed on you by an LTO evaluator depending on what your car needs to meet the government agency's standards. Some of the other costs include stickers priced at Php 50 and a new plate priced at Php 450. If you are going to renew your registration, it will only cost Php 400.

LTO registration document

LTO car registration renewal fee in the Philippines in 2021 is P400/category

4. Tips for car registration renewal in the Philippines

  • Make sure your car is in tip-top condition for the inspection
  • Bring with you a face mask and face shield as LTO requires you to wear these within its premises
  • Be early. To avoid long lines, it is advised that you should show up at the LTO before 8 a.m
  • Remember to keep your early-warning device in the trunk and prepare loose change for the photocopier
  • Always hold on to your receipts and documents to avoid delaying the process
  • Never pay LTO officers or fixers to quicken the LTO car registration renewal process. Paying LTO fixers is a form of corruption so avoid them as much as possible.
  • LTO is imposing a weekly fine of Php 200 for every late registration. Meanwhile, those that are expired already come with a Php 10,000 fine if you drive it on the road. As such, always register on time.

An LTO branch

To avoid long lines, it is advised that you should show up at the LTO before 8 a.m

We hope that you now know how to renew car registration in the Philippines. Yes, car ownership does come with plenty of requirements for it to be legally driven on the road. As such, you should prepare for it and renew your car registration if it is about to expire to avoid inconvenience, as well as hefty amounts of fines from LTO.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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