How to verify plate number in LTO online in the Philippines

Apr 11, 2018 | Same topic: Best advice for car buyers
How to verify plate number in LTO online in the Philippines? In just one minute with your mobile phone and you’ll get it.

So you’ve got a new car, a hatch or an SUV, congratulations! Before testing out your ride, making your ownership formal with the government is the most urgent priority. Car registration is compulsory in our country, and the agency responsible for it is the Land Transportation Office (LTO).

In fact, registering a car with the LTO is actually a long and tedious process. However, some car owners may not know that verifying the plate number is also essential, especially for those who intend to buy a second-hand vehicle.

Verification of a car’s plate number helps you know to whom a car is registered or if that car is alarmed in the LTO as a carnapped or hot car; or whether it has a bad record in the LTO in aspect of driver apprehension. So, how to do the LTO plate check?

Good news is that it just takes as fast as one minute to have this process done with LTO vehicle verification online.

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1. How to verify plate number in LTO online

At the moment, LTO already has a system that allows you to text LTO to check plate number. All you need to do is using your cellphone to key in:

LTOVEHICLE[plate number of your car] and then, send to 2600.

Example: LTO VEHILCE ABC123

text LTO to check plate number

At the moment, LTO already has a system that allows you to text LTO to check plate number

After that, wait for around 5 – 10 minutes till you receive the auto-generated reply. It can be said that LTO owes its fastest system ever to check plate number online in the Philippines. Interestingly, apart from the plate number, basic info and specs of your car are also provided.

To illustrate, after texting LTO, you will receive an auto-generated reply like this: Plate number/Make/Model/Year of manufacturing/Color/Date last registered in LTO/LTO Apprehension/records and LTO Alarm.

text LTO to check plate number

Apart from the plate number, basic info and specs of your car are also provided

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2. How to check plate number in LTO: 6 things you should know

2.1. Once your message is successfully sent, it will cost you P2.50. Particularly, this text and SMS LTO plate number verification online system can work for Globe, Smart and Cellular users.

2.2. You will find the service extremely helpful when you do not want to stay too long for tons of questions from police in a military or a checkpoint. Just show them the message from the LTO and you can go soon if your car is totally clear of any apprehension and records.

2.3. As we have stated earlier, LTO plate number verification online system is also advantageous to Pinoys who want to check verification of the registration of a used car they tend to purchase. This will help you rest assured that the vehicle you’re about to bring home is clean. Keep in mind that you could be accused of a carnapper if you accidentally purchase a hot car.

2.4. You should know that this service can also be used by the proper authorities, police force for example, to find plate number owner in the Philippines and to get to crooks, notably the carnappers getting caught in a checkpoint.

a PNP checkpoint in the Philippines

This service can also be used by the proper authorities to find plate number owner in the Philippines

2.5. What’s more, please note that LTO plate number verification online is solely effective on private cars. We are not sure if this agency has included in its system database of other models such as taxis, trucks, motorcycles and tricycles.

2.6. Finally, the LTO plate check system, apparently, is only serviceable during office hours of weekdays. In case you text LTO after 5 p.m. or on at weekend, you will get nothing in your inbox yet will still be reportedly charged the P2.50 fee.

At the last moment, we want to share with you that LTO also has a website dedicated to checking if plates are already available for pickup called the Motor Vehicle 7-Character Plate Backlog Inquiry. Access the site and simply enter the 15-digit MV number written on the top-left side of your certificate of registration and the site will let you know when and where you can pick the plate number up.

Motor Vehicle 7-Character Plate Backlog Inquiry website

Access the site and simply enter the 15-digit MV number written on the top-left side of your certificate of registration

As of now, Filipinos can only check status of plates registered from July to October 2016.