LTO set to process five-year licenses for Cebu next month

By: Michelle Joy L. Padayhag October 09,2016 - 10:15 PM
Motorists will have to pay extra to renew their licenses which will be good for five years (CDN FILE PHOTO).

Motorists will have to pay extra to renew their licenses which will be good for five years (CDN FILE PHOTO).

Motorists in Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas won’t have to renew their licenses for five years starting November 2.

An advisory signed by Land Transportation Office (LTO) executive director Romeo Vera Cruz last week stated that effective October 8, a motorist’s license will be good for five years.

“However, due to system adjustment, the processing of the licenses with five-year validity shall be made in batches,” Vera Cruz said in the signed advisory.

The first batch was scheduled for the Quezon City Licensing Center and Renewal Section.

The second batch scheduled on October 17 will cover the National Capital Region (NCR).

Central Visayas is included in the third batch on November 2 together with regions Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Davao.

Other regions like Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Western Visayas , Northern Mindanao and Soccksargen are scheduled on November 7.

While regions in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Caraga Administrative Region are set on November 14.

LTO-7 Director Alita Pulga said the extension of validity is in compliance with the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“It’s the same process in getting the licenses but there are changes in the fees,” Pulga told Cebu Daily News.

From P417.63, the license fee of new and renewed licenses will be P585. But licenses that were transacted before November 2 will be valid for three years.

Pulga also reminds those who have stamps in their official receipt (ORs) that their licenses remain valid for three years.

“There were stamped ORs before and license holders are given five years validity after no records of violation. Since the systems are not adjusted accordingly, those licenses are not granted with five years validity,” she told Cebu Daily News.

Pulga then advised those who have ORs that were stamped to process the renewal of licenses after three years of validity.

The regional LTO issued 97,306 new licenses and 114,690 renewed licenses from January to August this year.

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