LTO Region 12 – Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) Region 

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region 12, also known as the LTO Central Mindanao Region or LTO SOCCSKSARGEN, is one of the regional divisions of the LTO in the Philippines. Like the Central Office, this regional office also manages and oversees the LTO agencies in the cities and municipalities within the territorial jurisdiction of Region 12. The LTO branch agencies within Region 12, on the other hand, carry out the projects and enforce the LTO rules and regulations in the cities and municipalities within its geographical area of responsibility (GAOR). The LTO Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) regional office, along with its LTO agencies, ensures that the Secretariat and its services are accessible, making it easier for both the public and the agency to work together towards a safer, more efficient, more convenient, and more affordable land transport service in Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN).

SOCCSKSARGEN stands for the acronym of the region’s four provinces and one of its cities: South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City. This region is the catch basin of Mindanao and is endowed with extensive coastlines, valleys and mountain ranges. It is also well-known for its river systems. It is one of the few typhoon-free regions in the country, but it does attract thousands of small scale miners as well as commercial explorers within its territory, making it an ideal spot for local government offices like the LTO. 

lto region 12 SOCCSKSARGEN region office

What is LTO Region 12? 

Formerly known as the Central Mindanao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, officially designated as Region 12, is an administrative region in the south-central part of the island of Mindanao. It houses the oldest civilization in the region in Maitum, Sarangani, the home of the Maitum Anthropomorphic Pottery, a National Cultural Treasure. The economy in this region is driven by agriculture, fishery and forestry which accounts for 42% of the regional domestic product. It has four (4) different provinces and one highly urbanized city (HUC) (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos). The regional center is in Koronadal, South Cotabato, but the center of commerce and industry is General Santos City (GenSan), which is the most populous city in the region. These provinces and cities house LTO agencies within its jurisdiction and it is these LTO agencies that make up what is collectively known as LTO Region 12 (LTO Central Mindanao Region). With the LTO Region 12 agencies, the LTO makes it easier for the people in these parts to access and avail of its core programs and services without leaving the region. 

Mission and Vision of LTO Region 12

Like the other LTO agencies and regional offices, the LTO Region 12 also operates under the same mission and vision as that of the LTO Central Office.


To rationalize the land transportation services and facilities and effectively implement the various transportation laws, rules and regulations. It is the responsibility of those involved in the public service to be more vigilant in their part in the overall development scheme of the national leadership. Hence, promotion of safety and comfort in land travel is a continuing commitment of the LTO.


To be a frontline government agency showcasing fast and efficient public service for a progressive land transport sector. 

Functions of LTO Region 12

All the LTO agencies share the same purpose and functions as that of the LTO Central Office. The same functions apply to all the agencies under the LTO Region 12 as well.

The LTO functions offered in the Region 12, include:

LTO-Serviced Cities and Municipalities in Region 12

With LTO working to be a more efficient and convenient frontline agency, they have set up branch offices in various strategic locations within Region 12.

These offices are as follows:

List of LTO Agencies in Region 12

LTO also placed 20 different types of field offices under the jurisdiction of LTO Region 12. These agencies are strategically placed so the LTO can service as many different areas in the Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) region and are categorized as follows:

  • District Offices (DO)
    • Koronadal City District Office
    • General Santos City District Office
    • Marawi City District Office
    • Kidapawan City District Office
    • Tacurong City District Office
    • Sarangani District Office
    • Kabacan District Office
    • Maguindanao District Office
    • Surallah District Office
    • Midsayap District  Office
  • Extension Offices (EO)
    • Polomolok Extension Office
    • Datu Abdullah Sangki Extension Office
    • Tambler Extension Office
    • Wao Extension Office
  • Licensing Centers (LC)
    • Koronadal City Licensing Center
    • General Santos City Licensing Center
  • Driver’s License Renewal Office/Center (DLRO/DLRC)
    • DLRO Gaisano Mall – Koronadal City
    • DLRO SM City General Santos
    • DLRO Robinson’s Place – General Santos City
  • Mobile Unit
    • E-Patrol Unit – Maasim, Sarangani

List of Services Offered by LTO Agencies in Region 12

All the LTO programs and services are designed to monitor and ensure road safety and promote progress for the local land transport sector. It is the same for the LTO agencies in Region 12.

Some of the most common LTO services include:

  • License and Permit
    • Student Permit
    • New Driver’s License (Non-Professional)
    • Conductor’s License
    • Plain or Advance Renewal of Driver’s/Conductor’s License and Renewal of Driver’s License of Filipino Living Abroad
    • Miscellaneous License Transactions
    • Renewal of Driver’s / Conductor’s License with Examination [Expired for more than two (2) years] and/or with ten (10) or more but less than forty (40) Demerit Points
    • Change Classification from Non-Professional Driver’s License (NPDL)  Code to Professional Driver’s License Code with Same Driver’s License (PDL) Code
    • Additional Driver’s License Code/s
    • Conversion of Foreign Driver’s License to Philippine Driver’s License Including Renewal of Expired Philippine Driver’s License with a Valid Foreign Driver’s License
    • Change Classification from Professional Driver’s License (PDL) Code to Non-Professional Driver’s License Code (NPDL), Dropping of DL Code and Change Clutch Type
    • Request for System Updates (RSU) for Double License
    • Request for System Update (RSU) for License and Customer Details/Misrepresentation of Age/Identity
    • Accreditation of Medical Clinics – New
    • Accreditation of Medical Clinics – Renewal
    • Registration of Physicians – New
    • Registration of Physicians – Renewal
    • Accreditation of Driving School / Driving Enhancement Program Training Center – New
    • Accreditation of Driving School / Driving Enhancement Program Training Center – Renewal
    • Accreditation of Driving Instructor – New
    • Accreditation of Driving Instructor – Renewal
    • Examination for Driving School Instructors
    • Driving Enhancement Program (DEP)
  • Vehicle Registration
    • Initial Registration of Motor Vehicle (MV)
    • Renewal of Motor Vehicle (MV) Registration
    • Storage of Motor Vehicle
    • Miscellaneous Transactions
    • Re-Stamping of Engine/Chasis Number
    • Request for Motor Vehicle Verification
    • Motor Vehicle Inspection
  • Miscellaneous Transactions
    • Duplicate OR/CR
    • Duplicate Plate
    • Transfer of Ownership
    • Annotation & Cancellation of Mortgage
    • Revision of Records
    • Duplicate License (for Lost Licenses)
  • Insurance
  • Proper Driver Education
    • Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) and exam
    • Comprehensive Driver’s Exam (CDE)
    • Practical Driving Course (PDC) and exam
  • Law Enforcement
    • Settlement of Admitted Apprehension
    • Adjudication of Contested Apprehension
    • Encoding of Alarm
    • Filing of Complaint and Lifting of Alarm
    • Lifting of Alarm (Traffic Adjudication Service)
    • Certification of No Pending Apprehension and Alarm
  • Collection of fees from law enforcement violations
  • Drug testing
  • Emission testing
  • Inventory of Plates
  • The use of self-service kiosks 
  • Process Application for New Driver’s License (DL) via the Automated Driver’s License Examination System (ADLES) Facility 
  • Accreditation 

Note that while all of these services are offered by LTO, some of them may not be readily available in certain offices in Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) due to limited facilities. That is why, it is best to check with your preferred LTO branch first to see if they are offering the service you require before you make the trip.

How to Contact LTO Region 12

All of the LTO offices are created to be accessible so their services can reach the people faster. They are also strategically located so they can better regulate the drivers and vehicles and maintain road safety in the region. The LTO also ensures that all of their services reach the people who need them through an LTO agency. That said, they also made it easy to reach out to the LTO Region regional offices, including the LTO regional office in SOCCSKSARGEN or to any of the LTO agencies in the region. They can be reached either by making a call, sending an email, or sending a message to their official social media accounts. They may also visit any of the LTO agencies in Region 12.

Contact Information 

For information, questions, concerns, or complaints, you may contact LTO Region 12 via the following:

Land Transportation Office Region 12 – Office of the Regional Director

Agency Code: 1200
Office Address: LTO Regional Office 12, Purok Yellowbell, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Koronadal City, South Cotabato
Telephone Number: (083) 878-0764
Head of Agency: Macario D. Gonzaga
Email Address:
Operating Hours: 8AM – 5PM (Mondays-Fridays)

Where is Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) Region — Region 12

SOCCSKSARGEN, formerly known as Central Mindanao, is an administrative region of the Philippines, designated as Region 12. The region sits in the south-central part of Mindanao. It houses extensive coastlines, valleys, and mountain ranges, and is particularly popular for its river system, which makes the region the drainage basin of Mindanao. The region is bounded on the north by Northern Mindanao, on the east by the Davao Region, and on the southwest by the Celebes Sea. The region also shares a maritime border with Gorontalo and North Sulawesi provinces of Indonesia. The province of Maguindanao is situated between Cotabato City, North Cotabato province, and Sultan Kudarat.

Google Map Location

To learn more about the different driving directions or travel routes to the Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) region or to the LTO Region 12 regional office, you may check on the maps below:

Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) Region

Land Transportation Office  (LTO) Region 12

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