LTO extends expired licenses’ validity 2 months after lockdown

Aika Rey
The Land Transportation Office will not issue penalties for late registration of vehicles

LICENSE RENEWAL. In this file photo, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade tried out the application process for the new driver's license cards that are valid for 5 years. Photo by the Department of Transportation

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office has extended the validity of licenses that expired during the lockdown, for 60 days or two months after the implementation of the general community quarantine.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 6, the Department of Transportation said the agency will start accepting applications for renewal upon the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

DOTr says LTO will reduce personnel at the counters to observe the national government’s health protocols. To accommodate more people, counters will be open until Saturday. Frontliners will be prioritized.

DOTr added that LTO will not issue penalties for late registration of vehicles.

The department reminded the public not to wait until the end of the grace period to renew their licenses and vehicle registrations.

“Applicants should process their registration BEFORE the end of the grace period, to avoid overcrowding at the offices on the day of the deadline,” the department said Wednesday.

Government work was first suspended in Luzon when the ECQ was implemented within the island region. Several provinces, cities, and municipalities in Visayas and Mindanao followed suit, ordering localized lockdowns.

Starting May 1, only Metro Manila and other high-risk areas remained under total lockdown. – Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.