LTO penalties for expired/late car registration: Rates, schedule, and FAQs

Updated Jan 05, 2021 | Same topic: Handy Maintenance Tips

The agency recently launched an online appointment system so you can register more efficiently.

Driving with an expired vehicle registration or driver's license is one of the most terrifying moments for every motorist. If you drive with either one, you always get a feeling that an enforcer will pull you over the next minute or two.

This is why it is important to understand the penalties and fines the law is imposing for these violations. There are actually some considerations given so knowing the regulations will surely pay. Plus, you can avoid paying more than you’re supposed to.

A woman feeling sad beside a car

LTO imposed hefty fines so you must be mindful of your car registration status.

Without further ado, read on to find out everything you need to know regarding the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) penalties for expired registration in the Philippines.

I. LTO penalties for expired/late car registration: Rates

Penalties due to expired or late car registration can range from Php 2,000 to a whopping Php 10,000 with a possibility of getting your car impounded. To avoid these inconveniences, here is the list of LTO violation for expired registration and some related violations as well.  LTO has updated the fines and penalties listed below last July 23, 2020.

LTO expired registration fee

Penalty (Php)
Driving without a valid driver’s license/conductor’s permit (expired, revoked, suspended, inappropriate RC/class/fake/tourist beyond 90 days/ student not accompanied by duly license driver)
Driving MV used in the commission of crime upon conviction by a regular court of competent jurisdiction
Driving an MV under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and/or similar substance upon final conviction by a regular court of competent jurisdiction (Section 12, R.A. 10586)
If – No physical injury/homicide (a); with physical injuries (b); Homicide (c)
a.) 3 months imprisonment and 20,000.00 to 80,000.00
b.) Art. 263 of RPC and 100,000.00 to 200,000.00
c.) Art. 249 or RPC and 300,000.00 to 500,000.00
Non-Professional DL shall be confiscated and suspended for 12 months (1st offense)
Perpetual revocation (2nd offense)
Professional DL shall be perpetually revoked (1st offense)
Perpetual revocation/disqualification from granting any kind of license (2nd offense)
Reckless driving (includes driving an unregistered MV)
2,000.00 (1st offense)
3,000.00 (2nd offense)
10,000.00 (3rd offense)
Failure to wear the prescribed seat belt device (includes allowing a child six year old and below seated on the front seat)
1,000.00 (1st offense)
2,000.00 (2nd offense)
5,000.00 (3rd offense)
Failure to carry Driver’s License, Official Receipt, or Certificate of Registration while driving a motor vehicle
Driving an unregistered MV (includes improperly registered, expired/revoked/suspended or invalid registration/unregistered or fake substitute or replacement engine, engine block or chassis). MV shall be impounded and shall be barred for a period of one year from payment of the fines. Undocumented engines shall be confiscated in favor of the government.
Unauthorized Motor Vehicle modification
Operating a right hand drive Motor Vehicle
Motor Vehicle without or with defective/improper/unauthorized accessories, devices, equipment, and parts
Failure to attach or improper attachment/tampering of authorized Motor Vehicle plates and/or 3rd plate sticker
Fraud in relation to registration of the Motor Vehicle and/or it’s renewal
3,000.00* (The motor vehicle shall be impounded and shall be barred from registration for a period of one year payment of the fine)
All other violation in connection with motor vehicle registration/renewal/operation

*Impound Motor Vehicle

>>> Related: Complete list of LTO fines and penalties in the Philippines

LTO queue

Always settle your violations to avoid further inconvenience.

II. LTO penalties for expired/late car registration: Schedules

Scheduling your next motor vehicle registration is actually simpler than expected thanks to the agency’s systematic approach. Your license plate isn’t just random numbers and letters put up by LTO to provide unique identifications. Certain numbers actually represent the corresponding date you should register your motor vehicle.

Below are tables that show the registration dates depending on the number listed on your license plate:


Last digit number
1, 2, 3
1st to 7th day of the month
4, 5, 6
8th to the 14th day of the month
7, 8
15th to the 21st day of the month
9, 0
22nd to the last day of the month

>>> Related: Car registration renewal in the Philippines: Everything you should know

So say your plate number is ABC 1234. You are required to register your motor vehicle in April (since the last number is 4) between the 1st to 7th day of the month (since the 2nd to the last digit is 3). This regulation applies to any form or configuration of all plate numbers.

LTO renewal landing page

Check out LTO's official website to find out more.

LTO also recently launched an online appointment system for motor vehicle registration. If you schedule an appointment online, a special lane will be given to you. The special lane will help you register your motor vehicle faster.

A statement from DOTr

Statement from DOTr in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, LTO has implemented safety protocols in its offices causing long queues. For this reason, LTO has extended the validity of vehicle registration for 30 days. As such, if your schedule is in August, your vehicle registration schedule is now adjusted to September. No penalties and surcharge shall be collected for renewal transactions within the revised schedules.

III. FAQs about LTO motor vehicle registration

1. Can I transfer my next registration to other LTO branch?

Yes, you can completely transfer your next registration to other LTO branch. However, you have to note that you will be charged Php 100 for Change of Venue (COV) of your motor vehicle registration. It’s not much but it’s good to know so you won’t get short on cash.

2. How much is the fine for late registration?

LTO is imposing a weekly penalty for late registration of Php 200.00. If the delay takes months, then the fine shall become 50% of the MVUC.

3. Can I change my plate number?

This is a question that many motorists need an answer to.  Unfortunately, LTO is not allowing anyone to change their plate number. According to Batas Pambansa Blg. 43, it states that the identification and letters of any motor vehicle number plate shall be permanently assigned to such motor vehicle during its lifetime.

4. How can I make sure that the OR and CR are genuine?

You wanted to buy a second-hand vehicle. However, you are worried you might be getting something illegal or unregistered. This is why the LTO East Ave., Q.C. is opening its doors for you to authenticate both Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt (OR).

5. What are the requirements needed in obtaining a duplicate plate and replacement of lost sticker?

Here are the requirements for the said matter:

  • Original Affidavit of loss/mutilation
  • Certified True Copy of CR/Original CR
  • Certified True Copy of CR/Original OR of the latest payment of MVUC and other fees
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Proof of Payment (OR) for the cost of replacement plate/duplicate plate/lost sticker
  • (In case of For Hire MVs) Certification from LTFRB that plates have not been surrendered
  • (In case of sole proprietorship) Secretary’s Certificate in case of MV is in the name of a corporation or DTI certificate
  • PNP-HPG clearance

A drive-thru vehicle renewal in Central Visayas

LTO recently offered a drive-thru vehicle renewal in Central Visayas.

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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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