Drivers from Bohol may have to wait a little longer before they can get their five-year drivers licenses.
Land Transportation Office (LTO) Tagbilaran Registrar Erwin Patalinghug revealed drivers who applied for a drivers license on Tuesday may have to wait until October before they can get the plastic cards.
The LTO started to distribute the new cards with five-year validity on Tuesday, initially in National Capital Region.
Patalinghug said LTO in Region 7 will have to wait for the supplies and the printers coming from Manila.
Applications filed on Tuesday onwards will already have a five-year validity, but the applicants will be given receipts, he said.
CNN Philippines reported the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will issue driver’s license cards with five-year validity beginning August 29, LTO chief Edgar Galvante said.
“The issuance is limited muna doon sa magre-renew ng license,” he said.
The licenses were to be issued earlier, if not for a delay in the printing of the licenses, said Galvante.
“We thought the earliest possible time is August 29,” he said.
LTO started accepting applications for and renewals of driver’s licenses with five-year validity since October 2016, but issues with the printers’ contracts stalled the card printing.
Galvante said they will start processing the backlog of 3.6 million driver’s licenses with a five-year validity beginning September 2017.
“By next week, the whole of Metro Manila. By middle of September we have Regions 3, 4-A, and 11 (Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and Davao). Then sometime in October, the rest of the Philippines,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte on August 2 signed the law extending the validity of the driver’s license from three years to five years.
Republic Act (RA) No. 10930 effectively amended Section 23 of Republic Act No. 4136, otherwise known as the “Land Transportation (LTO) and Traffic Code.”
“Except for student permits, all drivers’ licenses shall be valid for five years reckoned from the birthdate of the licensee, unless sooner revoked or suspended,” the law stated.
It added holders of professional and nonprofessional driver’s licenses who do not commit violations in RA 4136 or any other traffic laws during the five-year period “shall be entitled to a renewal of such license of 10 years, subject to the restrictions as may be imposed by the LTO.”