Getting married is one of the milestones in a person’s life. As such, changing marital status in the Land Transportation Office (LTO) records is inevitable. However, it needs to be done to keep the records straight, especially if you are a female driver and you wish to take your husband’s name. Not only is it important when processing your LTO-related transactions, but it also ensures that you are not held accountable for violations caused by using incorrect details in your driver’s license.
Changing the marital status on your driver’s license is a simple matter of making a request for revision of records at the LTO. Though it sounds simple enough, it’s still best to come prepared so you can avoid getting inconvenienced.
LTO Revision of Records: Change in Marital Status
Revision of records at the LTO refers to the process of updating or revising personal records of registered or licensed drivers. Revising records to change the marital status in LTO records refers to record change due to change in marital status for those who recently got married, widowed, or legally separated. It only involves a clerical correction, so a court order is unnecessary for this kind of revision or update. You only need to initiate the request to update your personal information and submit the necessary documentation.
Nevertheless, whether it is due to a recent marriage, death, annulment, or legal separation, making sure your LTO records are updated is one way of keeping yourself safe. Plus, these personal records reflect on your driver’s license, so it’s best to make it as factual as possible to avoid any legal repercussions later on. Plus, an updated LTO profile that shows that you are hitched also offers many advantages like helping you save money through lower motor vehicle insurance rates because married drivers are seen as more financially stable and safer drivers. Aside from that, it also helps you get better and more personalized access to the Land Transport Management System (LTMS) portal for online LTO services and LTO alerts and notifications.
Eligibility to Change Marital Status on LTO Records
Anybody who is a holder of a registered Driver’s License (DL) who recently got married, widowed, annulled, or legally separated and who wishes to update his Driver’s License Record with LTO is eligible to make this request.
The applicant must also satisfy the following conditions:
- Able to read and write in Filipino, English, or any major dialect
- Holder of Valid DL or a DL that has not renewed two (2) years after the expiry date
- Driver’s License or Appropriate Affidavit if Lost or Mutilated
- Has no unsettled traffic violation
Benefits of Record Change for Change in Marital Status
Some of the benefits associated with record change for change in marital status, include:
- The ability to use a driver’s license to drive freely without worrying about getting caught and facing fines, penalties, and other legal repercussions.
- A valid driver’s license is a useful government-issued photo ID that is valid almost anywhere in the Philippines.
- Your personal relationship status does have an impact on what you pay for your motor vehicle insurance and claims.
Requirements for LTO Revision of Records: Change in Marital Status
The requirements for making a record change for incorrect name with LTO requires submission of the following documents:
- Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License (ADL) Form
- Current or Expired License
- Proof of change in marital status
- Photocopy of Marriage Contract
- Court Order for annulled for Divorce Applicants
- Passport with Amendments for change in Marital Status
- Court Order for Annulled or Divorced Applicants
- Passport with amendments for change in Marital Status
If the applicant is a Muslim:
- Affidavit of at least two (2) disinterested individuals
- Certification from OMA (Office of the Muslim Affairs).
Procedures for LTO Revision of Records: Change in Marital Status
Changing your marital status in your LTO driver’s records is just like changing a misspelled first name. It is a straightforward process that only requires clerical correction. It can be done online via the Land Transport Management System (LTMS) portal or in person, by making an actual visit to any LTO branch in the Philippines.
In-Person, via the LTO office
To make the change, simply follow these steps:
Step 1: Before you actually go for an LTO visit, you need to first prepare the documentary requirements for the information you wish to revise under your current LTO driver’s license.
Step 2: Once the documents are prepared, you will then need to submit them for evaluation and wait for the transaction ID to be generated by the system so you can present it for verification and confirmation of the details.
Step 3: The Evaluator will check the authenticity and completeness of the documents, then proceed with processing the ID.
Step 4: You will need to get your photo and signature taken for the records.
Step 5: Then, you will be sent to make the payment amounting to P30.00 regardless of the number of fields revised at the cashier.
Step 6: Once payment has been processed, you will just need to wait for the new driver’s license reflecting the correct information to be released.
Online, via the LTMS portal
To update your Driver’s License record via the LTMS portal, here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Go to the Land Transport Management System (LTMS) portal at portal.lto.gov.ph.
Step 2: Log in or register for an LTMS account.
If the applicant is a new user:
- Click the “Register Now” button.
- Read all the terms and conditions and click the “Yes I accept” button. Then, enter the captcha code and finally click the “Next” button.
- Select the registration type and click the “Next” button.
- Fill in the personal details, contact number, citizenship, and type of license and click the “Submit” button.
- The verification link is sent to the given email ID, using the link the applicant has to create the password.
If the applicant has an existing account:
- Go to the login page and enter the email and password.
- Click the “Sign in” button.
Step 3: Once logged in, the applicant has to select “Licensing.”
Step 5: Select the type of license that you hold: Student Permit, Non-Professional Driver’s License, or Professional Driver’s License.
Step 6: Click Next.
Step 7: Select Revision of Records, then click Next.
Step 8: Choose the type of records you wish to revise: Personal, Address, or Citizenship. For change in marital status, choose Personal.
Step 9: Click Next.
Step 10: Make the change in the appropriate field, then click Next.
Step 11: Upload one of the required documents (PSA Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate) by clicking the Upload icon, selecting the file to upload, and clicking Save. Make sure the file doesn’t exceed the allowed maximum file size of 2046 kb.
Step 12: Once done, click Next.
Step 13: Key in the License Number and Expiry date.
Step 14: Click Next.
Step 15: Continue with the rest of the procedures.
Step 16: Once the application is completed and submitted, the concerned authority will check the submitted application and document set. If everything is in place, the application will be accepted.
Step 17: The application will then be processed further. All the status updates will be sent via SMS to the applicant’s mobile number or can be seen via the LTMS portal upon login.
Step 18: Once the process is completed, the applicant gets a call from the LTO for instructions on how to complete the transaction.
Step 19: If required, the applicant need to visit the office for the biometric/encoding process.
Step 20: You might need to wait for a while to get the updated permit from the office.
In this section are some useful tips you need to remember when requesting for record changes, especially for a change in marital status, at the LTO:
- Making a request to update marital status via the LTMS portal only requires a Marriage Contract and a PSA Birth Certificate, depending on the status you are changing it to.
- Drivers who are interested in making requests for record changes should ensure that he has no pending cases before the department.
- Drivers with pending cases of violations need to settle those first or his application for record change may not be approved.
- This entire process can be completed within 30 days or as per the timeline advised by the respective department authority.
- Updating of marital status can be done online, via the LTMS portal, or in person, at an LTO branch office.
- If the applicant is a Muslim, it is necessary to secure an affidavit of at least two (2) disinterested individuals and a certification from OMA (Office of the Muslim Affairs).
- You might have to take a leave from work to get all these done (maybe more than one or two days), if you’re visiting a busy LTO office.
- It’s best to check with your preferred branch if they require an LTO appointment or if they accept walk-ins.
- You will need to prepare enough funds for the LTO fees and payments of other incidental expenses.
Video: How to Request for Revision of Records from LTO for Changes in Marital Status
You can learn how to update the marital status stated on your driver’s license as well as the process of making a request for an LTO Revision of Records and the requirements to do so from this video posted by The Everett’s Academe.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For your reference, here are some of the most common questions and answers regarding the change in marital status at the LTO:
1. Can I make the request to update my marital status and change my name on my LTO Driver’s License online and at the same time?
Yes. You may initiate the request online via the LTMS portal. Just log into your LTMS account and follow the steps to complete the record change.
2. Can I update my marital status when I renew my license?
Yes. You may process the record change upon license renewal. The documentary requirements and the LTO fees will vary depending on the license type and the other LTO transactions you wish to do along with it.
3. How much does the revision request for an incorrect name cost?
The LTO fee for all types of revision of records including changing your marital status is set at P30.00. Other additional transactions may entail additional fees.
As a privileged citizen who has been granted a driver’s license or the privilege to drive on public roads, it is your responsibility to ensure that your public records are well-maintained. As an agency that continues to move forward with modernization, the LTO strives for convenience in offering its services, which includes the revision of records. Though changing the marital status on your LTO records requires a simple clerical correction, some cases might not always be so simple, especially for those who have divorced or annulled their marriage. Nevertheless, renewal and revision of license details should not be considered as a burden, but as a way to continue enjoying the privilege of driving legally. After all, being married has its own perks, even when it comes to conducting business at an LTO office.