Car change color: How much do I need to pay LTO for this?

Updated Jan 05, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

It’s not much but it still good to know.

I. Car change color: Introduction

Changing the body color of your car is probably something you have thought of doing at least once. Well, who doesn’t? Not only will it give a new impression to your car, but also make your car look brand new. Plus, the availing of painting services can restore those areas in your car with small scratches or damages.

On average, you would have to pay around Php 30,000 to change the color of your car – that is for full body repaints. If you wish to repaint just an area or certain portion of your car only, then you would have to pay around Php 5,000.

A main painting a car yellow

The cost doesn't end in auto paint shops

Yes, changing the color of your car can really be expensive, as well as time-consuming since car repaints take days. If repaint services are relatively more affordable, then you would probably see the streets in the Philippines filled with various paint job finishes.

However, the cost of changing the color of your car doesn’t end in automotive paint shops. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has also imposed fees whenever you decided to lay fresh paint on your car.

With all that being said, here are the requirements and fees in order to change the color of your car.

II. Car change color LTO price: How much do I need to pay when repainting my car?

Yes, you read that right. After spending so much money on changing the color of your car in auto paint shops, you still have to pay another car change color LTO price in order to complete the process. However, the LTO car repaint price surely is something you shouldn’t worry about. The fees imposed by LTO are commonly known as the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC).

A car getting painted

Be sure to take care of your new paint to make it last longer

LTO’s price for changing the color of your car can be found under the R.A. 8794, or also known as the road tax. This act was enacted by the Philippine government in order to provide adequate maintenance of national and provincial roads through sufficient funding.

As said earlier, you shouldn’t worry about how much LTO is charging you whenever you change the color of your car. The agency is imposing a Php 30 fee for change color. It may not be much, but it still pays to know in order to avoid confusion during motor vehicle registrations. Knowing the change color fee also minimizes the risk of you bringing how much you are supposed to.

A man painting a car

There are plenty of legal steps you need to do in order to change the color of your car

Other fees that have a Php 30 charge include a change of classification, change of chassis, change of denomination, change of engine, change of tire size, duplicate/replacement of OR/CR, revision of gross weight, revision of record, and many more.

If the small fee is somehow bothering you, just keep in mind that it will be used further improve our roads. LTO actually has a lot of MVUC imposed so you might want to be more aware of the changes you make in your car. Who knows, maybe it has a Php 1,000 fee.

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III. Car change color LTO: What are the requirements?

There are requirements you need to present at LTO in order to complete the whole process. It can be a complicated process, especially for first-timers so you might want to keep note.

Here is the complete list of requirements for changing the color of your car:

  • Original and photocopy of Certification of Registration
  • Original official Receipt (OR) of MVUC and other fees
  • Joint affidavit of change color of owner and painter
  • Original PNP-TMG MV Clearance Certification for change color
  • Duly accomplished and Approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)

Aside from the Php 30 fee you have to pay to LTO, there are also other fees you have to pay to other involved agencies. In order to get a PNP clearance for changing the color of your car, you need to pay Php 300.

LTO landing page for online appointment booking

You can book an appointment online for faster transaction

If your car has been stolen and the thief changed the color of your car, then the chances of finding your car are unlikely anymore. This is the exact reason why a PNP clearance is important. Unfortunately, it does come with a relatively expensive fee – but it is for the better for sure.

Changing your car’s engine, chassis, and body design also comes with a Php 300 to get clearance from the PNP. You would have to go to pay the necessary fees at the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

>>> Related: Every motorist need to know these things before deciding on a paint job

IV. Car change color LTO price: Conclusion

Changing the color of your car comes with a lot of work besides bringing it into your local auto paint shop. This is the probable reason why we don’t see our friends change the color of their cars from time to time.

People at an agency waiting

Be sure to pay the correct amount to avoid inconvenience

It is indeed a long process. You would have to visit an auto paint shop, pay a hefty amount of cash for the paint, get clearances from different places, and pay other corresponding fees. Changing the color of your car truly is a dedication.

However, if you think about it, the processes are implemented accordingly in order to maintain more organized and safer car ownership in the country.

V. FAQs about LTO car repaint

Q: How much does it cost to repaint my car in the Philippines?

For a whole-body repaint, it would cost around Php 30,000 to Php 50,000, depending on the auto paint shop and the paint to be used. On the other hand, if you decide to paint just a certain portion of your car, then it would cost around Php 5,000 only.

Q: Is LTO imposing a fee for changing the color of my car?

Yes, LTO is imposing a Php 30 charge for changing the color of your car.

Q: How long does it take to repaint my car?

It depends upon the expertise of your car paint technician. However, on average, the process usually takes around two to three days.

Q: Do I still need to pay for change color LTO fees if I paint just my car hood?

No, the important thing is to distinguish the main body color of your car.

Q: What is the best paint for my car?

The common answer is white. This paint is the easiest color to take care of.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


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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