Remember when Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the renewal of driver's licenses and motor vehicle registrations can begin once again under General Community Quarantine (GCQ)? Well, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has made it official.
Starting on May 13, 2020, the LTO will resume operations in areas placed under GCQ. This was done by the LTO as these areas have been classified as low-risk or medium-risk areas for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Motorists that wish to renew their driver's license or motor vehicle registration will have to follow health and sanitary protocols which shall be enforced by the agency. These are:
1) The wearing of face masks shall be mandatory
2) Physical/social distancing shall be observed at all times
3) Transactions of persons below 21 years old, those who are 60 years old and above, and pregnant women shall only be allowed upon lifting of the Community Quarantine, consistent with Executive Order No. 112, series of 2020
Drivers that had their licenses expired during the ECQ period can renew theirs without having to pay a penalty fee. This comes after the LTO extended the validity of licenses that expired between March 17 to May 15. This makes the licenses technically valid until July 14, 2020.
In addition, the LTO has released the guidelines and schedules in the renewal of motor vehicle registrations. Depending on the last number of a vehicles plate number/conduction sticker/month of initial registration indicated in the Original Receipt (OR), vehicle owners can renew their MV registration during the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth week upon the resumption of work at LTO offices.
With several parts of the country set to shift towards a more relaxed version of the quarantine, more LTO offices could open once again in order to serve motorists. The LTO, however, reminds everyone to please follow the aforementioned protocols as well as observe physical distancing guidelines in order to avoid contracting the disease.
By Marcus De Guzman