May 8, 2020

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will extend the validity of drivers’ licenses which have expired during the Luzon-wide lockdown by two months or 60 days after the lifting of the restrictions with no penalty to be charged for late renewal. 

In an Inquirer report, LTO assistant secretary Edgar Galvante said that the grace period would apply in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or general community quarantine.“’Yung inabot ng quarantine, hindi sila nakapag-renew sa date, ine-extend naman ‘yan. Bibigyan sila ng 60 days upon lifting ng quarantine,” he said.

In observance of health protocols, the LTO reminds people, however, that it will still be limiting its operations even after the ECQ is lifted. Although, to make up for the anticipated backlog, it is considering operating during Saturdays. 

Applicants are hereon advised to process their license renewal even before the end of the grace period to avoid overcrowding at LTO offices.

Since the application process has been on hold because of ECQ protocols, the agency also warns the public of scammers online who are pretending to facilitate applications for license renewal and registration of motor vehicles. 

“We strongly caution our clients and the general public that the said services are not authorized by the agency, and are therefore patently illegal,” the LTO said. You can visit the agency’s website for more information.


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