Here’s how to check your car’s license plate availability

Updated May 18, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Consumer Reports

How long have you been waiting to get your car’s license plate?

The issue about the availability of car license plates in the Philippines has been going on for years. The backlog in terms of manufacturing and distributing it has been one of the headaches of the concerned government agencies. 

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Have you got your car's license plate yet?

Last 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) conducted a discussion about the delayed distribution of license plates. The two agencies said that license plates from as far back as 2013 will be distributed to registered owners. 

The LTO has also inaugurated its own Plate Making Plant back in April 2018 to address the backlog concerning the vehicle license plates. The said manufacturing plant is situated at the LTO Central Office in Quezon City. The LTO added that its own Plate Making Plant will enable the agency to “manufacture vehicle plates in a manner that is fast and efficient.” The agency shared that the plant’s Manual Embossing Machines can produce up to 22,000 plates per day. 

In 2020, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said that vehicle license plates will be delivered to respective owners as part of the agency’s digitization program. But the agency has yet to release a timeline regarding the matter. 

With that, is there still a way for you to get hold of your car’s license plate? Or has the Philippine government ghosted you, and left you hanging without an answer? Well, there’s a way for you to know the status of your car’s license plate. Yes, you might get the closure that you’ve been always waiting for.   

To inquire about the availability of your vehicle’s license plate, simply send an email to Expect a reply from LTO NCR NRU - Plate Section, which will ask you to send the necessary details about your car. 

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The LTO NCR NRU replies relatively quick

Once all the details have been forwarded, LTO NCR NRU - Plate Section will further assist you. Afterwhich, you will be receiving an email about the status of your vehicle’s license plate. 

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Know the status of your car's license plate

There you have it. We hope this information helps you in checking the availability of your car’s license plate. Visit for more automotive news, car reviews, and tips & advice.

Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar


Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

Aside from his interest in cars, Martin loves to read crime-thriller novels, play basketball in the virtual world, eat tapsilog, and go for random road trip adventures.

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