What Pinoy drivers need to know about LTO OR/CR meaning?

Updated Aug 04, 2020 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!
Here comes Philkotse's guide to the LTO OR/CR meaning. From this article, you'll also learn why the OR and CR are important and what to do when you lose them.

A guide to OR/CR: Introduction

Purchasing a car can be a daunting task for first-time buyers; there are many unfamiliar terms that pop up one after another, and it can be quite an exhausting task to remember them all.

Some of the things you'll have to keep in mind are car specifications, financing details, maintenance regimen and warranty claims, different kinds of car insurance, and of course, the official receipt and the certificate of registration, which the Land Transportation Office (LTO) abbreviates as the OR/CR.

A picture of an LTO registration section.

Apart from daunting, going to an LTO branch is also typically a very boring experience with lots of waiting involved.

Driving newbies may neglect to ask what those letters refer to, despite the fact that they’re the two most important pieces of paper relating to your car. Shy, perhaps?

So what exactly is an OR/CR? Worry not, because Philkotse.com is here to help with a comprehensive explanation of these two terms, along with an OR/CR sample.

1. What is an OR/CR?

The OR/CR LTO issued by the LTO are the two most important documents where you car is concerned, distinguishing it from every other car in the Philippines, even if they happen to be exactly the same model, variant, or body color. Think of them as a unique ID for your car.

A vehicle is typically identified by its designated OR, engine and chassis number, and this information is indicated in the OR and CR.

OR or Official Receipt

The LTO Official Receipt, more commonly known as the OR refers to the document issued by the Land Transportation Office. As the name suggests, this is a receipt serving as proof that the owner has paid for the vehicle's registration.

A picture of Or/cr sample

An LTO-issued Official Receipt or OR

As you can see from the OR sample above, it has a background composed of sky blue LTO logos, and it contains important information like who paid for the vehicle’s registration fees (Received from), where the payee is from (Address), the vehicle's license plate number, and a summary of the fees paid for, and of course, the date when the transaction was made.

The OR carries its own unique serial number, called an OR number, which CANNOT be changed or altered in any way.

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CR or Certificate of Registration

The other half of a car's registration documents is the Certificate of Registration LTO, commonly referred to as the CR, and this is also issued by the LTO.

The CR contains more technical information about a particular vehicle: make, model, vehicle class, motor number, chassis number, engine displacement, number of cylinders, gross weight, net capacity, and total number of passengers, as well as the owner's complete name and address.

Whereas the OR has a primarily blue background, the CR has a yellow color.

A picture of an LTO issued CR.

An LTO-issued Certificate of Registration or CR

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2. What if I lost my LTO issued OR/CR?

If it isn’t obvious by now, you should always keep a copy of your car’s OR/CR in your car. But if you’re paranoid like us, we highly advise you to keep several copies stored in multiple locations, such as your home, the office and your car, in case you lost the CR LTO or the OR.

For the original copies, we recommend having them laminated to protect them from damage, and store them in a secure location in your home, preferably in a safe together with your other valuable documents.

But what happens if you lose your OR/CR?

A picture of a shocked character.

A car guy's reaction when he can't find his beloved car's OR/CR. A horrifying thought.

For one thing, driving your car won't be allowed on public roads, since you won't have documentary proof that the car can be legally driven. You also won’t be able to renew its registration. And lastly, if you’re planning to sell your car, a missing Official receipt LTO (OR) is considered a red flag and will place you under suspicion, except maybe if the buyer intends to turn your car into scrap or strip it for parts.

A picture of unsure Fry from Futurama.

A used car buyer's reaction when he learns that the previous owner "lost" the car's OR/CR

Having a missing OR/CR is a pretty crappy situation overall. So how do you fix it? You can actually get a copy from the LTO because they keep their own copies of your car’s OR/CR anyway. But you can’t do this at any LTO branch though; you’ll have to go to the LTO branch where the car was first registered, since this is where all the necessary documents relating to you are stored.

Here are the steps to securing a duplicate copy of your OR/CR:

  • First off, get a duly notarized affidavit of loss. If you’re not the owner, secure this from the registered owner
  • Second, find the most recent official receipt of payment of registration
  • Third, secure a duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report or MVIR
  • Fourth, present two valid identification cards, preferably government issued.

3. What should I do if I still haven’t received my car’s OR/CR?

According to the LTO, you can use your brand-new car on public roads for seven days, beginning from the date indicated on the car’s sales invoice based on the vehicle’s issued conduction sticker.

After that seven-day grace period, your new car should have a Certificate of Registration LTO or CR to be used legally on public roads. You can expect most car dealers to comply by providing you with this document document for your car. If not, you can proceed to file an action to demand, which will hopefully make the dealer comply in a reasonable amount of time. If the document is still nto in your possession by this time, you can actually file a complaint against a dealer, as failure to provide a CR violates the Consumer Protection Act.

For the sake of convenience (yours and the dealership's), we highly advise you to contact your dealer for updates regarding your CR, even if the seven day period hasn’t expired yet.

Fortunately, the LTO has stopped apprehending new vehicles travelling without license plates due to a shortage in supply, but you should still present a car’s OR and CR when asked, as well as install a temporary plate number in the Philippines.

A picture of a Honda CR-V with a temporary plate.

If a license plate is not yet available, a temporary plate will do. Also, don't forget a copy of your car's OR and CR

As for the No OR/CR, No Travel policy update 2019, the seven-day grace period beginning from the date indicated on the sales invoice is still in effect.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.