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Renewal of your car registration in the Philippines has never been easy.

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Getting a brand new car thru a car dealer is most of the time hassle free. The most difficult part would be filling out the application and the mortgage forms (if you are going to have your car financed thru bank or thru the dealer). It will takes an hour or so just to complete the forms but may take a day if you choose to read the fine prints.

A new car registration lasts for 3 years. Then after that, the fun begins.

Check out my transaction with LTO Muntinlupa here:

The good news though, car renewal in the Philippines has greatly improved. I last renewed my car registration in LTO Muntinlupa on the second week of August2018 and I was pleased (and impressed) with my transaction.

The schedule to renew your registration depends on the last two digits of your plate number.


1 – January

2 – February

3 – March

4 – April

5 – May

6 – June

7 – July

8 – August

9 – September

0 – October





1 2 3


4 5 6


7 8


9 0




Note: Vehicles may be registered one month in advance


For example, my car, whose plate number ends in **48 (4 digit). I had to renew my registration on or before the 8th to the 14th of August. Else there will be heavy penalties.

How much is the penalty? 200 pesos per week, 50% of your total registration fee if you fail to renew a month after your scheduled renewal. Ouch!

Now let me share something that is not shared anywhere on blogs about car renewal. What happens if its already the 3rd year anniversary when you bought your car, but the recommended schedule does not coincide with the LTO schedule?

Again, lets go back to my case. I bought my car last December 22, 2014 and my plate number as I have said ends in **48. The third year from when I bought my car will be on December 22, 2017. Should I register before August 2017 or before December 22, 2017?

I went to LTO Muntinlupa first week of January 2018 to make sure that my registration is still active. I did not try to renew it before August 2017 as I believe that I am still within the 3 year registration. I showed my OR/CR (photocopied of course) to the front desk and asked when should I renew my registration. The guy said that I still have until August 2018 to have it renewed. I admit that I feel uneasy even if the LTO guy gave assurance that I am still covered since it was a verbal confirmation, a confirmation that may not hold water against another LTO officer.

Fast forward to August 2018. I proceeded to LTO Muntinlupa for the renewal. Guess what? The front desk guy was correct. In summary, if your car’s 3rd year does not coincide with LTO renewal schedule, you can renew it on or before your LTO renewal schedule, even though it extends beyond the 3rd  year from the date of purchase.

As per the LTO website you need to bring the following:

  • Photocopy of Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt of payment

The dates must be legible.

  • Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (COC)

CTPL insurance. Most LTO offices have insurance companies nearby or inside the compound.

  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)

This is done inside the LTO compound. Someone will assist you in doing this. 3 or 4 years ago (I had another vehicle before), I had to pay 50 pesos as tip for someone to stencil the body and engine number but now they have a “motorist assistance” which does this for you for free These assistance are in uniform and have IDs so i guess they are working for the LTO.

  • Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC) (Smoke emission testing result)
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (I did not use this during my visit. But keep it handy just in case.)

Last time I renewed my other car in 2014, LTO checked if I brought my early warning device. Now though, they did not check it. But being in the safe side and to make sure that you finish your renewal within the day, please also bring:

1. Early warning device.

2. Repair kit (car jack, monkey wrench, the like).

3. Spare tire, if possible.

The actual renewal steps are easy:

1. Bring your OR/CR to the Evaluator. This is windows 8 and 9 in LTO Muntinlupa. They will verify your registration. They will refer you to an LTO motorist assistant that will assist you in the stencil process. The evaluator will also advise you to get a insurance coverage and have an emission test. There is an emission testing center and an insurance office at the back of LTO Muntinlupa, still within the compound. You can get insurance while having the emission test.

Alternatively, you can start by getting an insurance and emission testing before proceeding to the LTO office. It may be cheaper to get the insurance and emission tests outside the LTO compound. Then proceed to have your documents evaluated when you finally decide to head for an LTO office.

2. Have an LTO motorist assistant get your car’s stencil. They offer this for free. Unlike before where you need to pay someone to have this done for you.

3. Bring the MVIR form to a checker beside the LTO office. An LTO officer will have to validate the inspection and sign the form before you bring it inside for evaluation.

4. Bring all the documents – Insurance, Emission test result, MVIR form, and your OR/CR back to the evaluator.

5. Here’s something tricky, after the evaluation, your paper will be transferred to the cashier without anyone informing you. So, after probably 10 minutes without hearing anything from the evauator, you can proceed to the cashier window and wait for your name to be called.

6. Pay the registration fees. Get the receipt and bring it to window 12 for the release of the sticker.

7. Get the sticker. You will only get one sticker that you can stick inside the wind shield. LTO recommends to stick it in front of the passenger sit.

Total time I had to spend – 1 hour and 40 minutes! Change has come indeed!

Additional tips before going and while inside LTO:

1.) Make sure to have at least 2-3 photocopy of your OR/CR. It must be legible.

2.) Bring loose change and small denominations. Make sure that you have 20s and 100s for faster transaction.

3.) Bring your own pen and probably a long brown envelop so that your papers are organized.

4.) Be early. The early car gets the parking spot.

5.) Make sure that you are in appropriate attire. Some government offices do not allow people wearing shorts or sandals. LTO offices may have varied policies so just wear something presentable.

6.) Be friendly and patient. Nobody likes a smart ass.

7.) Never entertain fixers! Stopping corruption starts with you. (I did not see any fixers in LTO Muntinlupa).

Lastly, I would like to congratulate the men and women of LTO Muntinlupa for such great and fast service. Job well done!