In Manila, Philippines, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has announced that they are now able to provide plastic driver’s license cards to individuals whose licenses have expired and those who currently hold paper-printed licenses. LTO Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II shared this update during a press briefing on Thursday.
Mendoza advised drivers who have previously paid for their licenses but only received paper licenses to visit the district office or LTO office where they made their payment and present their official receipt in order to get the actual license.
The expiration dates for driver’s licenses and their corresponding renewal schedules are as follows:
- Licenses expiring from April 1 to 30, 2023, should be renewed from October 6 to 31, 2023.
- Licenses expiring from May 1 to 31, 2023, should be renewed from November 1 to 30, 2023.
- Licenses expiring from June 1 to 30, 2023, should be renewed from December 1 to 31, 2023.
- Licenses expiring from July 1 to 31, 2023, should be renewed from January 1 to 31, 2024.
- Licenses expiring from August 1 to 31, 2023, should be renewed from February 1 to 29, 2024.
- Licenses expiring from September 1 to 30, 2023, should be renewed from March 1 to 31, 2024.
Individuals who fail to renew their licenses during the designated schedule will face penalties according to the update. The LTO has now established a clear schedule for license renewals based on the expiration date, which extends into 2024. This staggered approach, as explained by Mendoza, has two key benefits: firstly, it aligns with the availability of plastic cards, ensuring a smooth transition; secondly, it prevents overcrowding at district offices, ensuring a more organized and efficient renewal process.
It’s worth noting that the LTO had previously extended the validity of expired driver’s licenses, demonstrating flexibility in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. It is important for drivers to comply so as not to face the repercussions which would cause more conflict in the future.