What is MVUC and why does it matter in vehicle registration

Updated Sep 12, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs
Check out the list before heading out for your next registration.

I. MVUC in the Philippines: Introduction

If you have been driving for years, you would know that almost every transaction in vehicle registration at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) comes with a corresponding fee. This fee is actually called the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC).

An LTO office with a man standing on the entrance

There are more fees to pay in LTO than you probably know

MVUCs vary depending on different vehicular factors such as vehicle type, gross vehicle weight (GVW), year model, and more. It is important that you know every detail your car has in order to prepare the appropriate amount in your next motor registration.

In the country’s laws, the MVUC is under the Republic Act No. 8794. This act is enacted to provide adequate maintenance of national and provincial roads through sufficient funding.

A painter painting a car yellow

Changing your car paint comes with a fee

Although it is unlikely to pay the wrong amount these days, knowing the corresponding fee still pays. With all that being said, here are the fees and rates you would likely encounter in LTO vehicle registration transactions.

II. MVUC in the Philippines: Rates and Penalties

PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT VEHICLES

GVW

MVUC

Light passenger cars

Up to 1,600 kg

Php 1,600

Medium passenger cars

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

Php 3,600

Heavy passenger cars

2,301 kg and above

Php 8,000

Utility vehicles

Up to 2,700 kg

Php 2,000

Utility vehicles

2,701 kg to 4,500 kg

Php 2,000 + 0.40 x GVW in excess of 2,700 kg

SUVs (1991 models and above)

Up to 2,700 kg

Php 2,300

SUVs (1991 models and above)

2,701 kg to 4,500 kg

Php 2,300 + 0.46 x GVW in excess of 2,700 kg

Motorcycles without sidecar

N/A

Php 240

Motorcycles with sidecar

N/A

Php 300

Trucks and truck buses

4,501 kg and above

Php 1,800 + 0.24 x GVW in excess of 2,700 kg

Trailers

4,501 kg and above

0.24 x GVW

An engine from a muscle car

Even changing the engine of your car comes with a fee

AGED PRIVATE VEHICLES

GVW

MVUC

Light cars (models from 1995 to 2000)

Maximum of 1,600 kg

Php 2,000

Light cars (models from 1994 and older)

Maximum of 1,600 kg

Php 1,400

Medium cars (models from 1997 to 2000)

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

Php 6,000

Medium cars (models from 1995 and 1996)

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

Php 4,800

Medium cars (models from 1994 and older)

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

Php 2,400

Heavy cars (model from 1994 and older)

2,301 kg and above

Php 12,000

Heavy cars (models from 1994 and older)

2,301 kg and above

Php 5,600

LTO’s context when it comes to aged private vehicles:

  • Current – 2000
  • One year old – 1999
  • Two years old – 1998
  • Three years old – 1997
  • Four years old – 1996
  • Five years old – 1995
  • Over five years old – 1994 and older

FOR HIRE VEHICLES

GVW

MVUC

Light passenger cars

Up to 1,600 kg

Php 900

Medium passenger cars

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

Php 1,800

Heavy passenger cars

2,301 kg and above

Php 5,000

Utility vehicles

Up to 4,500 kg

0.30 x  GVW

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)

Up to 2,700 kg

Php 2,300

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)

2,701 kg to 4,500 kg

Php 2,300 + 0.46 x GVW in excess of 2,700 kg

Motorcycles/Tricycles

N/A

Php 300

Truck buses

4,501 kg and above

0.30 x GVW

Trailers

4,501 kg and above

0.24 x GVW

Landing page of LTO online appointment

You can schedule an appointment online for a faster transaction

PENALTIES, CHARGES, AND OTHER FEES RELATED TO MVUC

For vehicles beyond the registration week

Php 200

Beyond the registration month but not more than 12 months

50% of the MVUC rate

More than 12 months but without apprehension for violation of the Land Transport laws, rules, and regulation during the period of delinquency

50% of the MVUC rate + renewal

More than 12 months but with apprehension for violation of Land Transport laws, rules, and regulations during the period of delinquency (Circular No. 83C-DIR-20)

50% of the MVUC rate + renewal for every year of delinquency

Overloading provided that no axle shall exceed 13,500 kg

25% of the MVUC at time of infringement for trucks and trailers with a load exceeding more than 5% of registered GVW

FEES AND CHARGES

RATES

FEES AND CHARGES

RATES

Accreditation fee for manufacturers, assemblers, importers, rebuilders dealers

- Php 500 (Application Fee)

- Php 3,000/classification (accreditation fee)

- Php 1,000/classification (renewal fee)

- 100% of renewal fee/classification/year (penalty for late renewal)

Storage fee

Php 45

Administrative fine for the accreditation fees above

- Php 100,000 (1st offense)

- Php 500,000 and a suspension of not more than six months (2’nd offense)

- Cancellation of Certificate of Accreditation (3rd offense)

Transfer of MV ownership

Php 50/transfer

Accreditation fee for other entities

- Php 1,000 (Certificate Fee for both individual and no dolla importation)

- Php 100 (Tax exempt)

Top load fee

- Php 150 (buses)

- Php 100 (cars and utility vehicle)

Certification of Data on MV stock report

Php 30

MVIC emission test fee

- Php 40 (MC/TC)

- Php 90 (UV)

- Php 115 (trucks/buses)

Special Permit fee

Php 20/day (not to exceed 7 days)

MVIC inspection fee

- Php 50 (MC/TC)

- Php 50 (UV)

- Php 75 (trucks/buses)

Certificate of Tax Payment per Motor Vehicle

Php 30

District Office  inspection fee for the use of another District Office

Php 30

Annotation of Mortgage, Attachment and other Encumbrances or Cancellation

Php 100

New/initial registration regular motor vehicle plate

Php 450

Change classification

Php 30

New/initial registration MC/TC plate

Php 120 (per piece)

Change chassis

Php 30

New/initial registration trailer plate

Php 225

Change color

Php 30

Validation and plate year tags

Php 50

Change denomination

Php 30

Replacement of validation stickers

Php 200

Change engine

Php 30

Duplicate and replacement of plates

- Php 450 (MV plate)

- Php 120 (MC/TC plate)

- Php 225 (trailer plate)

- Php 450 (regular replacement plate)

Change of tire size

Php 30

Vanity plates

- For auction (limited edition)

- Php 15,000 (premium edition)

- Php 10,000 (select edition)

Change of venue of MV registration

Php 100

Special plates

- Php 25,000 (GMA-01; AAA-07; ARL-77)

- Php 15,000 (DPJ-100; JPG-100; MMN-100)

- Php 15,000 (MCM-707; DML-168; MTS-808)

Confirmation/Certification/

Verification/Clearance Fee

Php 30

Deed of assignment fee

Php 100

Duplicate/replacement of OR/CR

Php 30

Penalty for late transfer

Php 150/transfer

Change body design

Php 100

Carrying capacity

Php 100

Reactivation fee

Php 30

Recording fee

Php 500

Revision of gross weight vehicle

Php 30

Revision of record

Php 30

A man driving his car

Be sure to settle all required MVUCs for a more convenient driving experience

III. FAQs about MVUCs

  • Question: What is the MVUC?

Answer: MVUC stands for Motor Vehicle User’s Charge. It comprises of the charges and fees by LTO in dealing with motor vehicles.

  • Question: How much is the fine for late registration?

Answer: LTO imposes a Php 200 weekly fine for late registration. After a month of delayed payment, the fine shall become 50% of the MVUC.

  • Question: Can I change my motor vehicle plate?

Answer: No, you are not allowed to change your plate number. Your vehicle’s number plate shall be permanently assigned during its lifetime.

  • Question: How much is the fee for changing the color of my car?

Answer: If you decide to change the color of your car, you would have to pay Php 30 prior to registration.

  • Question: Can I give vanity plates as a gift?

Answer: Yes, as long as the recipient of the gifted vanity plate is a registered owner of a motor vehicle.

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