LTO Car Registration Guide in the Philippines

Written by Carsada
January 5, 2023
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car registration guide

So, you’ve finally bought your car – congratulations! But before you head out on the road, it’s important to formalize your ownership by registering your car to the Land Transportation Office (LTO). In the Philippines, cars must renew their registration annually, following the initial three-year registration validity on brand-new cars. Failure to register can result in fines up to Php 10,000.

To help streamline the process, we’ve listed below all you need to know when it comes to registering your car to LTO!

Car Registration Renewal Schedule

When to renew your car registration is dictated by your license plate number. The last digit determines the month of renewal (i.e. 1 = January), while the second to the last digit determines the weekly deadline. Use the tables below as a guide to know your schedule!

Monthly schedule of car registration renewal

Last Digit of Plate NumberMonthly Schedule

Weekly schedule of car registration renewal

2nd to the last digit of plate numberWeekly deadline
(on working days of the month)
1 2 3Week 1: 1-7
4 5 6Week 2: 8-14
7 8Week 3: 15-21
9 0Week 4: 22 up to the last working day of the month
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LTO Requirements and Fees for Car Registration Renewal

Present the following documents at your preferred LTO branch:

  1. Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (COC)
  2. Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC)
  3. Photocopy of Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt of Payment
  4. Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  5. Taxpayer’s Identification Number

Should the car you’re registering be an import, present the following documents:

  1. Bill of lading (also known as BOL or waybill, a bill of lading is a formal document issued by a carrier to acknowledge receipt of goods for shipping)
  2. Certificate of Stock Reporter (CSR)
  3. Bureau of Customs Certificate of Payment 
  4. Sales Invoice of the motor vehicle
  5. MVIR
  6. COC
  7. Certificate of Public Convenience from the LTRFB for public transport MVs
  8. TIN

The initial fee for car registration is Php 1,000. However, other costs may be imposed by an LTO evaluator based on what your car requires to meet the government agency’s standards. These additional fees may include stickers priced at Php 50 and a new plate at Php 450. Renewals of car registration only cost Php 400.

Tips for a smoother car registration renewal process

  1. Ensure that your car is in excellent condition prior to the inspection. 
  2. To avoid waiting in long lines, be at your preferred LTO branch before 8 A.M. 
  3. Prepare all documents beforehand to prevent delays.
  4. Prepare loose change for any photocopying needs. 
  5. Comply with your car’s registration schedule to avoid the Php 200 weekly LTO penalty for late registration or Php 10,000 fine for driving an expired vehicle.

Aside from helping you avoid fines and other unnecessary payments, following your car’s registration schedule also helps ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape. And when it comes to an activity that poses relative risk such as driving, the best practice is to cover all the bases that are within your control!


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