First time to venture into LTO vehicle renewal process last March 7 since our car’s plate number ends in 3 (due for March registration) and second number is 2 which means we need to renew our car registration on the first week of the month.
We went to the main LTO since our car’s registration has not been transferred to our name yet. We thought we can have the name transfer done at the main office, apparently, we can’t. We were told we have to go to Camp Crame or some place where name transfer is being done. We will just have to do this some other time. But for now, just renew the car registration.
Make sure you bring the following when renewing your car registration:
a) Original Receipt (OR)
b) Certificate of Registration (CR)
c) Third-Party Liability insurance (TPL)
Make multiple copies and staple them together. Whenever anyone asks you for OR and CR, always show the photo copies instead of the original (but make sure to bring the originals with you in case it is needed.)
Here is the vehicle registration process that we went through:
1. Go to a certified smoke emission testing center to get your emission testing certificate (P365.00)
- Be careful going to fake or bogus emission testing centers (we heard there’s tons out there) who doesn’t really test your vehicle’s smoke emission but rather just put their “testing” tool on your car’s exhaust and take a picture but don’t actually test anything. Since we were members of AAP, we went to one of their affiliates and guess what? There was 15% discount! We only paid P365 for the smoke emission testing.
2. Get a TPL (third-party liability) insurance policy (P624.00)
- You only need to register for 1 year insurance (unless you want a longer period.) Again, as members of AAP, we opted to go to their main office and get a TPL there. The one we got was Federal Phoenix and cost us about P624
3. Go to the LTO office of your choice
- Like said earlier, we went to the main LTO office in East Avenue. We figured it would be best to go the main branch since it was our first time to do it.
4. Get your vehicle stenciled and inspected (P50.00)
- We were directed to go to the MVIS (Motor Vehicle Inspection System) area and have our car stenciled and inspected. Once you get the inspection form filled out, submit your form and wait for the cashier to call your name to make the payment. Since it was our first time to do it, I thought after we made the payment at the cashier, that it was it. We drove back to the LTO office on the other side and tried to submit the inspection form, only to be told that we have to do the actual inspection first and have the inspection form signed by the inspector. We had to drive back to the inspection area and finally got inspected. Our car was checked for the following:
- Headlight (low light, high light)
- Reverse/backing lights
- Signal lights (front and back)
- Park, tail and brake lights
- Plate number lights
- Wheels aligned
We then went back to the LTO office again for the rest of the process.
5. Submit your papers to the Renewal window and pay the appropriate fee (P2,729.06)
- Have all your papers ready (photo copy of OR and CR, emission testing result, TPL insurance) and submit it to the Renewal window. After submitting it, we were told to go to the cashier area and wait for our name to be called. We waited for about 15 minutes before our name finally got called. We paid the amount of P2,729.06, got our new Official Receipt for the registration and was directed to the next window.
6. Claim your vehicle LTO stickers
- After making the payment at the cashier, we proceeded to the next window to claim our stickers. Show your receipts and they will hand your a set of 3 stickers. Two stickers for the plate number at the front and back of your car and one sticker for your windshield.
7. Set the LTO stickers in your plate numbers
- Most important of all! The very reason we did this whole process was to get those small stickers so we can freely drive our car anywhere
8. Leave a copy of your newly issued OR together with your CR and insurance policy in your vehicle
- We were told never to bring original copies of OR and CR and just always keep a copy of these in the car in case we got stopped by traffic enforcers. This is for sure a good practice.
All-in-all, we spent about 4 hours going through the whole thing. Not so bad for a first timer, I think. Definitely way better than having to go back on some other day because there are no available stickers left.
If your plate number ends in 3, March is your last chance to renew your registration. Otherwise, you will be in danger of getting fined or having to pay for late fees.