A Detailed Guide on the LTO Car Registration Requirements

By Andrea Nicole

Posted on Dec 01, 2023

Your vehicle registration is one of the most important processes that you have to undergo whether you’re a new or old car owner. However, one of the pain points of Filipinos is that this process can be a little bit complicated. Aside from this, it can also be time-consuming on your part if you bring in incomplete requirements. This article will walk you through the registration process to prepare you for your first or next one.

How to register new vehicles

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What’s good about having a new vehicle is that most car dealers in the country give out a free three-year Land Transportation Office (LTO) vehicle registration upon purchase. This means that you won’t have to go through the gruesome renewal process every year initially. Most of the time, it’s the dealers that are responsible for registering your car and the LTO protects the buyers through a memorandum that lays out the procedure:

  1. The buyer purchases the car from the dealer.
  2. The dealer will submit and process all required paperwork within 2 to 3 days of the sale.
  3. Upon submission, LTO will then release both the Certificate of Registration and license plate number.
  4. After two days of the release of LTO, the car dealer then turns over the license plate, official receipt (OR), and car registration (CR) within two days maximum.

This memorandum gives the right of the owner to report to the LTO office any deviation from the timings mentioned above.

Aside from your car registration, one must-have is to insure your car with the best insurance provider, Vigattin Insurance. Their Compulsory Third Party Liability Insurance (CPTL), which is a requirement in the Philippines, covers third-party concerns, whether injuries or death, up to Php 100,000. This can be complemented by their Comprehensive Car Insurance which has a wider array of coverage.

How To Renew Vehicle Registration

What’s good about the new car registration procedure is that there’s not much leg work and waiting time anymore because it can be done online through the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS) Portal. Here’s a step-by-step process that you can refer to:

Create an LTMS Account

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Opening an LTMS account only requires 5 to 10 minutes. First, just go to the LTMS Online Portal and choose the ‘Register Now’ button. Browse through the terms and conditions and once everything is clear, tick the ‘Yes, I Accept’ box to proceed and write down the Captcha to proceed. The portal will then ask you if you are registering as an individual or as an agency or organization representative in which you have to choose the individual option.

You will then be directed to a page where you have to fill out the basic details such as name, age, address, and other necessary information. Make sure to double-check the spelling of your answers to avoid any hassle in the next steps. Tick the option ‘yes’ once the portal prompts you if you have a license.

Once you’re finished with all the information questions, LTMS will send out a confirmation email to countercheck your validity. Make sure to act the soonest as this has been received as the verification link is only valid for 1 day or 24 hours. If you fail to confirm this, you will have to go through the account creation process again.


Link Your Car to Your Corresponding LTMS Account 

After creating your account, you will have access to your dashboard and the next step with your renewal is to link your car to your newly-made LTMS account. The only way to do so is to visit your LTO office and present a transfer request. Alongside this, you may also show a copy of your Certificate of Registration with your name listed as the owner of the vehicle.

Keep in mind that since this is a new venture, the process of lining up physically is only required on your first time applying online. Your next ones will just purely be done virtually.

Check Road Worthiness Through the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (PMVIC)

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Another important document that must be submitted initially is your Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR). The intent of this step is to check whether your car is still safe for driving or not. Be informed that you won’t have to submit this through the online portal because the PMVIC will be the one who will send the approval report to LTO directly. This will just be reflected in your LTMS account.

Request a Certificate of Coverage (COC) 

The COC is another crucial requirement that you have to get from your insurance provider. Same case with the MVIR, no need to upload this in the portal as this will be electronically transmitted by your insurance company directly to the LTMS.

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Remember that the role of your insurance provider goes beyond your car registration. They are also the ones that can help you should you face vehicle accidents and other problems along the way. Vigattin Insurance can be your perfect partner as you stay protected with their competitive price, free roadside assistance, fixed participation, free policy delivery, and fast claim with online claims tracking.

Take the next step with Vigattin Insurance through their easy online quotation with these five easy steps:

  1. Click the ‘Start Free Quote’ button on their website www.vigattininsurance.com.
  2. Select your car details.
  3. Select the coverage that you are eyeing.
  4. Enter your personal details.

Have a preview of the quotation by choosing among their top insurance partners.

Prepare Other Documents Requested

Aside from the COC and MVIR, you also have to prepare the following documents:

  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)
  • Certificate of Emissions Compliance
  • Official Receipt of Payment (for vehicles under the mortgage)

Note that you have to ready all of these beforehand as these are required document submissions to be able to proceed to your online registration. 

Go Through the Registration Process in Your LTMS Account

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Once you have prepared all of the requirements, the next step is to trigger the renewal through your LTMS account. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Upon logging in, the first thing to click is the vehicle icon placed on the left side of the interface.
  2. Tick the ‘Agree’ checkbox after reading the terms of use.
  3. Choose the vehicle that you wish to renew and select the renewal type for that particular car. The options that you have are the following: passenger car, utility vehicle, or private vehicle.
  4. Fill out the information requested in the system and attach the electronic copies of the needed documents.
  5. Settle the bill in the payment section. The renewal fee is dependent on the vehicle type.

After completing the payment process, the transaction will end with printing the OR from the portal as proof of your vehicle’s renewal registration.

Register Your Car Now!

As someone who has yet to experience the renewal process, you’d probably think how complicated it can be. But with the technological advances integrated into the procedure, LTO vows to make it as seamless as possible little by little. Just make sure to be on top of the requirements to ensure that you won’t face humps along the way.



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