How to Renew Vehicle Registration in LTO

Vehicle registration in LTO is a long and hassle process. It may take 2-5 hours to process your applications especially in peak office hours. Good thing, there’s no lunch break in all LTO district offices. LTO offices usually open at 8am Monday-Friday, some branches open at 7am and 9am.

However, smart individuals know how to shorten the process without reaching the boiling point. I’m not saying by paying fixers which is totally illegal and expensive. It’s by knowing the procedure early and preparing the documents you need before processing.

For new car owners, your car’s initial registration is good for three years. Once it expires, it’s time for you to renew it every year at your nearest LTO district office on schedule to avoid ₱200 weekly fine.


Here’s the proper and systematic way to check your registration schedule, which is all depends on your license plate.

The last digit of your plate number corresponds to your monthly schedule.



The second to the last digit of your plate number, corresponds to the weekly deadline.


For example, your car has a plate number of 0559, your renewal deadline is from the 8th to 14th of September.

Also, you can renew your vehicle registration a month before its deadline.


  • Photocopy of Certificate of Registration (COR) and its official receipt of payment
  • Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (COC)
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)
  • Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC)

Note: Your vehicle needs to go through an inspection and emission test to acquire the CEC.

Car Registration and Renewal Fees:

Prepare for the following fees before renewing your vehicle at LTO office.

  • Initial fee: ₱1,000/category
  • Renewal fee: ₱400/category
  • Stickers and tags: ₱50 each
  • Regular plate: ₱450

Note: Actual cost will vary depending on your vehicle, final cost will depend on your evaluator officer.

Tips on renewing your vehicle registration:

  • Be early to avoid long lines.
  • Bring a black ball pen.
  • Bring a folder for your documents and receipts.
  • Make sure to bring your early warning device, jeep it in the trunk.
  • Prepare coins for the photocopier.
  • Use you mobile phone for pass time.
  • Check your vehicle and make sure it’s in good running condition to prepare it for inspection.
  • Avoid fixers or LTO officers to shorten the procedure.

Renewing your car registration is not as hard as you think. I believe that it doesn’t matter where you pitch in the rotation because for me, preparation is everything.

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