How to renew car registration in LTO

How to renew car registration in LTO – Our Land Transportation office has an update steps on how to renew your car’s registration. A lot of our readers have been asking us about what happens after the initial 3-year  registration car registration expires. Well, one simply needs to renew it but, unfortunately, not everyone knows the process. That’s why we’ve come up with another handy guide to help you do just that.



This guide will cover Car registration renewal for the following scenario

  • Private
  • For Hire
  • Government
  • Diplomatic
  • Other Exempt Motor Vehicles (OEV) (e.g. From SBMA, Clark Development Corporation and Cagayan Export Zone Authority (CEZA))
  • Stolen and Recovered Motor Vehicle


How to renew car registration in LTO

How to renew car registration in LTO

When to renew car registration in LTO - Schedule of renewal

When to renew car registration in LTO


Requirements for renewing your car registration in LTO

  • For Private vehicles and Government
    • Photocopy of Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt of payment
    • Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (COC)
    • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
    • Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC)
    • Taxpayer’s Identification Number
  • Additional requirement For Hire Vehicles
    • Confirmation of Franchise from the LTFRB, in case of for hire only
    • Valid Motorized Tricycle Operator’s Permit (MTOP) for tricycle (TC) only
  • Additional requirement For Diplomatic
    • Endorsement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Protocol’s Office for Diplomatic/Tax Exempt only
  • Additional requirement For Other Exempt Motor Vehicles (OEV) (e.g. From SBMA, Clark Development Corporation and Cagayan Export Zone Authority (CEZA))
    • Certificate from SBMA/CDC/CEZA that the MV is still classified as OEV for other Exempt Vehicle (OEV) only
  • Additional requirement For Stolen / Recovered Motor Vehicles
    • Original copy of the Lifting of general alarm
    • Report of Recovery by the PNP or other law enforcement agencies
    • Copy of the Alarm Sheet
    • PNP Crime Laboratory Report (macro etching report) or NBI report, fully identifying the MV and stating therein the tampering done on the engine or chassis, if any
    • Confirmation of OR/CR when the registering district office is different from the district office that issued OR/CR

Do not forget to bring those primary requirements above because whatever the excuse you have our LTO won’t process your car registration renewal.

Also read: How to renew LTO Drivers License for Non Professional



How to renew car registration in LTO

  1. Step 1: Stencil the engine and chassis number
    • This is normally done by the LTO representative themselves. But if you don’t want to pay a tip you can do it yourself as long as you know where the engine and chassis number of your vehicle is located. In addition, you can also have them fill-out the MV Inspection Report, which will be approved by the MV inspector. Just don’t forget to give them a little tip for their help.
  2. Step 2: Avail Third Party Liability Insurance
    • A separate on-site TPL insurance are available in the LTO field offices, we suggest purchasing your TPL from external insurance agencies available in the market because it’s much cheaper.
  3. Step 3: Check if the plate number has been encoded on the national database
    • After the Third Party Liability was paid, Motor Vehicles owners with plate numbers that aren’t on the national database will be required to bring the documents (OR, CR, TPL) to the Window 2 of the LTO office to have it recorded.If the plate has already been recorded, on the other hand, MV owners will then have to pay P460 for the emission test and get their queue number.
  4. Step 4: Emission test
    • For the emission test, you will be asked to start the engine. While the engine idles, the sampling probe will then be inserted into the exhaust pipe for 20 seconds to get the reading. For diesel powered vehicles, depress the accelerator until maximum engine speed is reached for 2 to 4 seconds. After the test, a photo, which includes the tester and the vehicle, will be taken after as a proof that the test took place.
  5. Step 5: Update records
    • Now that testing is finished, present all documents to the cashier. They will then instruct you to bring the documents to the Records Department so that they can update the database.
  6. Step 6: Pay and get the new LTO sticker
    • Once you’re done, present the returned documents to the inspector at Window 6. Wait for your name to be called by the cashier to receive your I.D. and pay the renewal fees which could go from P1,260 to around P5,000, depending on the vehicle class.

But before you celebrate we all know how LTO works. It is more likely that you need to wait for a few days to a couple of months to get your LTO Stickers. Let’s hope that the current administration will speed things up on these government offices.


How to renew car registration in LTO


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