DOTr says backlog of 3-million driver’s license cards now solved

Updated Jul 08, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Driver’s license with 10-year validity will also roll out soon.

If you have your Land Transportation Office (LTO) driver’s license for quite some time now, you might have gone through the infamous hassle of just getting a temporary paper receipt instead of a card. Some even experienced waking up early in the morning to get a hard copy, but still ended up not securing a spot for the limited card distribution per day.

DOTr public advisory July 2021

Issue resolved

This has been the case for many years in the operations of the government agency to the point that it has already reached over three million backlogs recorded last 2016. Now, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade announced that LTO’s long-time running issue about driver’s license has now been resolved.

DOTr Secretary Tugade said that the LTO, headed by Asec Edgar Galvante, no longer has backlogs for driver’s license cards. What’s great about the LTO driver’s license card is that it has been added with more safety features that are not visible to the naked eye to secure personal information, as well as to avoid producing fake ones.

DOTr public advisory July 2021

Finding different ways to improve its services

Difficulty in LTO’s printing equipment is the main cause of the backlogs that reached over three million. It also includes the slow internet connection within its operations which hampered the card distribution. All of these issues are solved and the government agency will find more ways to improve its services to Filipinos.

Moreover, LTO is now preparing to distribute a driver’s license that has a 10-year validity, as opposed to the current 5-year validity, which is under its enhanced demerit system. This long-lasting privilege is said to be available only to motorists who have clean records in the government agency’s system.

DOTr Public Advisory July 2021

Announcement from DOTr Secretary Art Tugade

Motorists can schedule an appointment online to further fast-track the renewal process of both their driver’s license and motor vehicle registration. LTO said that a special lane is given to those who have schedules which reduces processing time as compared to walk-in applicants.

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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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