Renewing your motorcycle registration in the Land Transportation Office (LTO) can be quite daunting to those who don’t know how the process works. To those in the know, it’s quite a straightforward process. It simply requires going to the LTO, getting all the documentary requirements completed, and paying all the appropriate fees.
Depending on the type of motorcycle, your initial registration may be valid for one to three years. Before the first registration expires, vehicle owners are encouraged to renew their registration annually at the LTO. The good news is, motorcycle registration can now be accomplished online, via the Land Transport Management System (LTMS) portal. To help you on renewing your motorcycle registration, here’s a complete guide for your reference.
Renewing your Motorcycle Registration in LTO
Upon purchase, it is a must for motorcycle owners to ensure that they register it with the LTO. This is not only to comply with the laws, but to also allow the government to ensure that the motor vehicle is roadworthy and safe. Not only that, but it also helps the government track and trace the vehicles back to its owner in cases of accidents or crimes.
Once the initial registration expires, renewing your motorcycle’s registration is imperative for the same reason. Plus, since the state of the motorcycle can change over time, renewing the registration allows the government to check if your motorcycle is still roadworthy and if it won’t put you and others in danger once driven on public roads.
What Happens When You Don’t Renew Your Motorcycle’s Registration?
If you’re even thinking of non-renewal, then you’d probably want to understand the consequences of such. Here are some of them:
- Hefty fines amounting to up to ₱10,000.00 but may vary according to:
- The type of vehicle that you have
- How long you haven’t been registered
- If you had committed any traffic offenses or violations or not
- Impounding of vehicle until you get it registered
- Suspension of driver’s license
When to Renew Your LTO Registration
To tell if it’s time to renew your motorcycle registration, you simply need to check your motorcycle plate number. The digits in your number plate determines the month and the week of the month when you need to get your registration renewed.
You may check this guide below:
For the renewal month, you can check the last digit of the number plate:
Last Digit of Plate Number – Month
- 1 – January
- 2 – February
- 3 – March
- 4 – April
- 5 – May
- 6 – June
- 7 – July
- 8 – August
- 9 – September
- 0 – October
To determine the weekly deadline for your motorcycle registration renewal, the second to the last digit of your plate number will serve as your reference.
Second to the Last Digit of Plate Number – Weekly Deadline
- 1,2,3 – 1st to 7th working day
- 4,5,6 – 8th to 14th working day
- 7,8 – 15th to 21st working day
- 9,0 – 22nd to the last working day
Renewal Costs and Fines
Need to know how much damage it would being to your wallet? Here’s your tentative price guide:
Item – Amount to Pay
- Registration/Renewal fee – ₱659.31
- Insurance – ₱650.00
- Emission testing – ₱400.00
- Stencil – ₱20.00
- Total fees – ₱1,729.31
- Weekly late renewal penalty – ₱100.00
- For those who haven’t renewed for over 12 months – Additional 50% of Motor Vehicle User Charge (MVUC)
- For those who haven’t renewed for several years – Additional 50% of MVUC plus renewal fee for every year of delinquency
- For those with traffic violations – Additional 50% of MVUC plus registration fee for every year of delinquency.
*Note: Price is subject to change without further notice.
Requirements for Registration Renewal
Now that you know everything there is to need, it’s time to learn about the documentary requirements in preparation for the renewal of your motorcycle registration. Though these documents are easily obtained near the LTO offices, you can always have it prepared in advance to avoid the hassle.
Here’s a list of documents you need to prepare:
- Compulsory Third Party Liability (CTPL)
- Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)
- Original copy of Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC) issued by LTO-accredited Private Emission Testing Center (PETC) or other LTO-authorized emission testing centers
- Official Receipt (OR) from the initial registration
- Photocopy of Certificate of Registration (CR)
- Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
- In the absence of an initial registration OR, a notarized Affidavit of Loss
- Original Endorsement with control number
Other Exempt Vehicle (OEV) under Special Economic Zones
- Original Certification that the motorcycle is still classified as Other Exempt Vehicle (OEV)
- Certified Copy of the valid Motorized Tricycle Operator’s Permit with Official Receipt (MTOP)
Stolen and Recovered
- Presentation of original and submission of a photocopy of the Lifting of General Alarm
- Presentation of original and submission of a photocopy of the Report of Recovery
- Presentation of original and submission of a photocopy of the of Alarm Sheet
- Original PNP Crime Laboratory (macro etching report) or National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) report, identifying the motorcycle and stating therein the tampering done on the engine or chassis, if any
- In case of tampered engine or chassis: Original Certificate of re-stamping
Reactivation of Storage
- LTO Copy and electronically transmitted appropriate insurance Certificate of Cover (COC)
- Duly accomplished Original Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
- Original Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC)
- Original Receipt of Return Plate and Licenses (RRPL)
- If for hire, electronic confirmation of valid franchise or PA or extension of validity or Motorized Tricycle Operator’s Permit (MTOP) with valid Official Receipt (OR)
How to Renew Your Motorcycle Registration
After collecting the required documents, you may already initiate the process to renew your motorcycle’s registration.
Here are the steps to do so:
Step 1: Secure the Compulsory Third Party Liability (CTPL) and insure your motorcycle.
Step 2: Bring your motorcycle in for a tune-up or change oil.
Step 3: Visit an LTO-accredited Private Emission Testing Center (PETC) to undergo an emission test and comply with the provisions of the Clean Air Act (RA 8749).
Step 4: Once done, bring your motorcycle along with the complete documentary requirements to your preferred LTO office.
Step 5: Head on to the designated LTO Transaction Counter and inform the staff that you wish to renew your motorcycle registration.
Step 6: Secure a Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR) form and a queue number.
Step 7: Fill out a Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR) form.
Step 8: Bring the duly accomplished MVIR form to an authorized LTO Inspection aide.
Step 9: Have the inspection aide check the following parts of your motorcycle:
- motorcycle headlight
- signal lights
- all other functional parts
Step 10: After inspection, your engine will be stenciled and the chassis number will be recorded.
Step 11: Have the inspection aide fill out and submit the MVIR form.
Step 12: Once the inspection has been submitted and approved by the inspector, go to “Evaluation” with your documents.
Step 13: Have the LTO evaluator review all of your documents before submitting them to the office for processing.
Step 14: Wait for the cashier to call your number.
Step 15: When it is your turn, proceed to the Cashier to pay the Registration Renewal Fee and/or any other applicable fees..
Step 16: Proceed to the “Releasing” counter and wait for the releasing counter to call your name (or the name indicated on the CR).
Step 17: Once called, get your Official Receipt (OR), Certificate of Registration (CR), registration sticker, plates, and RFID sticker.
Step 18: Attach the registration sticker to your motorcycle.
How to Renew the Registration of Motorcycles without License Plates?
If you’re initial registration has lapsed and you still do not have your LTO Plate number, you will still need to renew your motorcycle registration. However, you also need to do so by a specific date and your deadline is not based on the MV file number on your temporary plate. Instead, you will need to use the date of release from the dealership as the basis for your yearly renewal until such time that you get your permanent number plates. Then, you also need to secure an authorization to use temporary plates as well as a temporary plate before you can get your emission compliance certificate as well as your CPTL insurance. Once you get these things out of the way, you can simply follow the same steps for renewing your motorcycle registration with the LTO.
When renewing your motorcycle registration, here are some things you need to remember:
- You will need to get an authorization if you wish to use a temporary plate and a printed assigned temporary plate.
- To get authorization and the printed assigned temporary plate, you will need to pay around ₱50.00.
- The authorization and the assigned temporary plate are valid until the permanent plate number is issued.
- The printed temporary plate will be attached by the PETC personnel during the emission testing and the taking of pictures.
- You will also need the authorization and the assigned temporary plate when you get a CTPL insurance.
- Do not forget to pay the inspection aide for his service after the inspection is completed.
- For renewals, do not forget to bring your motorcycle as LTO will need to inspect it and will stencil the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
- Always carry a copy of the LTO Certificate of Registration (CR) and the Official Receipt (OR) when riding your motorcycle on public roads in the Philippines.
- The CR proves that the vehicle is registered and valid, while the OR proves that the registration payments have been received by the LTO Office.
- If you are stopped by law authorities without your OR/CR, you will be subject to fines and penalties.
- If the authorities catch you driving a motorcycle that has been unregistered for more than one month, they will impound your motorcycle until you register the vehicle and pay off the fines that you’ve racked up.
- Your registration can be renewed at any LTO District Office. Simply visit the LTO Office closest to your location.
Video: LTO Renewal of Registration for Motorcycles
To learn more about the actual process for the renewal of your motorcycle registration, watch how DeoLoco renewed the LTO registration for his Raider 150.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For your reference, here are some of the common questions and answers related to the renewal of your motorcycle registration:
1. What is an LTO plate number?
An LTO plate number is a unique vehicle identifier issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO). The plate number is usually found at the rear end of your motorcycle. Not only does this help protect the security of both drivers and car owners with a unique ID, but it also offers motorcycle owners a reference for when you need to process the renewal of you motorcycle registration.
2. Can I renew my motorcycle registration if I still do not have an LTO Plate number?
Yes. You just need to secure a temporary plate and a permission to use one and use it as the basis for your yearly registration renewal.
3. How do I know when I’m due to renew my motorcycle registration if I do not have a permanent number plate yet?
If you do not have a permanent LTO number plate just yet due to the backlog in LTO, then you will need to use the dealership release date as your basis for the yearly renewal of your motorcycle registration. However, note that you will still need a temporary plate to complete the registration renewal procedures.
4. How can I get my assigned temporary plate?
To secure an assigned temporary plate number, please follow the instructions below. Please keep in mind that these steps only apply to motorcycle owners who do not yet have their permanent license plates.
Step 1: Before going to LTO, visit a Private Emission Testing Center (PETC) accredited by LTO and ask the staff for fuidance on how to get the authorization to use a temporary plate and the printed assigned temporary plate.
Step 2: Pay around 50 pesos (₱50.00) for the authorization and the printed assigned temporary plate. This authorization and the assigned temporary plate are valid until the permanent plate number is available.
Step 3: Once you get your printed temporary plate, have the PETC personnel attach it during the emission testing and the taking of pictures. You also need these documents when getting a CTPL insurance necessary for renewal.
Step 4: After securing the Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC) and CTPL, proceed to LTO for the registration renewal of your motorcycle.
Step 5: Follow the regular registration renewal procedures.
5. Where can I find my 15-digit Motor Vehicle (MV) number?
The 15-digit Motor Vehicle (MV) number is a reference number of sorts found in the original official receipt/certificate of registration (OR/CR). If you check your OR/CR, you will see your Motor Vehicle (MV) number on the top-left side. This set of numbers is necessary if you wish to run plate number checks. Once you enter the 5-digit MV number, the system will track the status of your motor vehicle registration and tell you all the registration information as well as when and where you can pick your plate up from an LTO office, if it has not yet been released.
6. Can I renew my motorcycle registration online?
Yes. In a recent announcement, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has made it clear that renewal of motorcycle registration can already be done online, via the Land Transport Management System (LTMS) portal, provided that you meet certain conditions for doing so. Note that this renewal option is not yet available to everyone, so you may be unable to process your renewal online if you do not meet the conditions to be able to do so.
7. Can I renew my motorcycle registration if I lose my OR/CR?
Yes. You simply need to secure a notarized affidavit of loss or if you do not need to renew yet, you may request for a duplicate copy of your OR/CR from the LTO.
8. How can I get a duplicate copy of my LTO OR/CR?
If, for whatever reason, you lose your LTO OR/CR, then head to the nearest Land Transportation Office (LTO) branch where your car was first registered to get a copy.
Here’s a list of the requirements and procedures to follow to secure a legal duplicate of your OR/CR.
Before going to the LTO branch, you will need to prepare the following documents:
- Notarized Affidavit of loss.
- Latest LTO OR (Official Receipt)
- Approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
- Two valid, government-issued identification cards
Here are the steps to legally securing a duplicate copy of your LTO OR/CR:
Step 1: Secure a duly notarized Affidavit of Loss, or if you are not the owner, get it from them.
Step 2: Find the most recent official receipt (OR) of payment of registration at LTO.
Step 3: Get a duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR).
Step 4: Visit the originating LTO branch concerned and get a queueing number for the appropriate transaction window.
Step 5: Wait for your turn and once called, submit the documents for evaluation and processing.
Step 6: Once the evaluation is completed and the documents are processed, pay foe the appropriate fees and wait for the release of the duplicate LTO OR/CR.
Just like the need for initial registration, keeping your motorcycle’s registration updated yearly is necessary to ensure that your motorcycle remains safe and roadworthy. Not only that, it is important as it helps you, as the motorcycle owner, avoid fines, impounding, and other legal problems. Plus, it also helps the government track and trace the motorcycle back to its owner in the event that it gets involved in accidents or crimes.