Tips for a hassle-free car registration at LTO

Updated Aug 23, 2021 | Same topic: Survive driving in the Philippines

Nowadays, it pays to be prepared and informed.

If your car is up for registration or registration renewal, then the process might be different in these times. After all, the NCR and some parts of the country are still under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) due to the lingering presence of COVID-19. 

A picture of an LTO office

If you don't want to get stuck at an LTO branch for longer than you intended, follow these tips

To this end, no one wants to get stuck in long lines or waiting for long times in any of the Land Transportation Office’s facilities. So how does one ensure a smooth and hassle-free car registration experience? Well, LTO itself has some tips just for that. 

Preparation: Check your papers 

Before driving to your nearest LTO branch, it would be a good idea to first double-check our car’s original receipt and certificate of registration. Check the date, and other details for accuracy. Also, do make sure to bring clear photocopies of the said papers. 

A picture of a car's CR

Double check the dates on your car's OR and CR

Things to bring 

On the date of your visit to the LTO for car registration, make sure to have these prepared beforehand: 

  • LTO copy and electronically transmitted Certificate of Cover (COC) for your car’s third-party liability insurance.  
  • A duly accomplished original motor vehicle inspection report (MVIR). 
  • The original copy of the Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC). 
  • Photcopies and the original copy of the OR and CR

As a side note, many emissions centers are conveniently located near LTO branches. You can get your CEC on the day of your car registration, but it would be more prudent to get the said paper beforehand. 

Follow health protocols 

To protect yourself and other people at the LTO office, don’t forget to wear your face mask and face shield. Follow social distancing too. Also, it might be a good idea to not go to the LTO if you have a fever. 

A picture of an LTO office with COVID-19 protective measures

Most, if not all LTO branches nowadays have barriers and markers to ensure social distancing

Vehicle inspection preparations 

If you need to take your car for motor vehicle inspection, make sure that you know it’s exact engine number and chassis number. Moreover, your car should not be carrying loads during the inspection. It’s also a good idea to not leave valuables inside the car. 

A picture of an motor vehicle inspection center

It might be a good idea to get your vehicle inspection or emissions testing done days before the actual car registration

Be informed 

Last but not the least, it would be wise to keep monitoring any of the LTO’s social media channels before heading to any LTO branch. They might have updates you want to be aware of, for instance, the recent extensions for the registration validity of cars, and the extension for the validity of driver’s licenses. 

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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