‘What is the basis for coding without a license plate?’ [Newbie Guide]

Updated Jan 16, 2023 | Same topic: Beginner's Guide

Having no plates is not an excuse to ignore the number coding scheme.

License plates aren’t exactly part of a car’s feature set, but they have become a coveted item especially since there are older vehicles still running around without them. 

MG 5 license plate

Lucky are the motorists that don't have to wait long to get license plates for their new cars

Those who have already bought a new car without the requisite plates from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) are understandably anxious, dreading the thought of being flagged down midway through their drives for simply not having the plates installed. But that’s a topic for another time. 

Meanwhile, there are those who see not having license plates as a boon, especially where the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or number coding is concerned. They take the wheel under the impression that, since the car they’re driving has no plates yet, it constitutes an automatic exemption from the UVVRP.     

Maxus D60

The conduction sticker's last digit will determine a car's coding day until the actual plates arrive 

We’ve got news for you: that’s not how it works. 

Under the number coding scheme, vehicles are restricted from plying major Metro Manila thoroughfares based on the last digit of their license plates, corresponding to a particular weekday. As a refresher, these are the digits and the days when the cars bearing them should be off the road from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: 

  •  1,2 (Monday)
  •  3,4 (Tuesday)
  •  5,6 (Wednesday)
  •  7,8 (Thursday)
  •  9,0 (Friday)

So, if your car has not been issued license plates yet by the LTO, its coding day will be determined by the conduction sticker, which serves as the temporary plate number and allows the vehicle to legally travel on public roads. 

Take note that when you do eventually receive your official license plates, they might have a different last digit than your car’s conduction sticker. This means that your corresponding coding day will also change, since the conduction sticker becomes invalid when the actual license plates for the vehicle have already been issued. 

Find more tips for beginner car owners at Philkotse.com.

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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