LTO grants extension on validity for license plates ending in 1, 2

Updated Feb 05, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Consumer Reports

Motorists have one more week to have their vehicle registrations renewed.

Quarantine restrictions on account of the COVID-19 pandemic have made opportunities limited for people to go about what would otherwise be routine transactions, and one of those is having their vehicle registrations renewed.

LTO announcement

First it was the plates ending in 1 that were granted extensions

Fortunately, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is allowing an extension on the validity of license plates whose registrations are set to expire soon. This applies to plate numbers ending in 1 and 2, with a one-week grace period tacked on to their original expiration dates.

No reason was given for the extension of the registration validity, although it follows similar moves by the agency in the past after community quarantines were first implemented.

This is likely to avoid crowds at LTO satellite offices, emission testing centers, and private motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVICs), which are part of facilities that are required to observe minimum public health standards.

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LTO announcement 2

Now even plates ending 2 have been given a grace period

Speaking of PMVICs, these will be part of the new Motor Vehicle Inspection Service (MVIS) in jurisdictions that already have one in operation. At least 60 items on your vehicle will be tested to check for roadworthiness and compliance with accepted standards.

Passing the inspection is a must for registration renewal, and even if a single component fails to function as required, the vehicle gets a failing mark. You’ll need to have the issue fixed at the car’s dealership or any repair center of your choice, and then submit your vehicle to a re-test.

Vehicle checkup

Cars submitted for inspection prior to registration renewal should be in tip-top shape

At Php 1,800, the testing fee isn’t exactly chump change, so you’ll need to make sure that everything on your car works as it should prior to bringing it to a testing center. For those living in areas that don’t have a PMVIC yet, only the standard emissions test will be required in the meantime.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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