LTO Tagb waits for green light to start issuing new licenses

The Land Transportation Office here on Thursday said it waitsfor the green light from the regional office when to issue the new drivers’ license after two German consultants installed thermal printers to print the plastic cards last Thursday.

AloyBalazuela, of the local LTO office, told the members of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) once the local office gets the green light,it will start the printing of the five-year validity drivers’ license, which has been completely redesigned with more security and biometric features.

The new machines will be installed in the LTO Tagbilaran and the license office based in a local mall, said Balazuela.

Balazuela showed a specimen of the new license made by new machines installed at licensing offices to the members of the PPOC at the People’s Mansion conference hall.

The plastic cards will be laser engraved using a machine that was imported from Germany.

He said it will just take minutes for the drivers’ license to be processed and the applicant can already get the card.

Balazuela clarified that officially all drivers’ license issued by November 2, 2016 and beyond will have five-years validity.

Plastic cards previously issued before November 2, 2016 will feature three-year validity, he clarified.

The plastic cards of drivers’ license applicants who applied previously are already available, said Balazuela.

Applicants can claim the plastic cards already at the issuing office where they applied, he said.


Balazuela said the public may already claim the stickers for motorcycles and may do so until the last day of 2017.

An advisory circulated on social media advising those who registered their motorcycles with LTO Tagbilaran may already claim their stickers at the Registration Unit.

The system will no longer allow the release of the stickers after the end of the year.

Balazuela said the replacement plates are yet to be released by the LTO here since there is no court order.

However, brand-new vehicles can get the license plates via the regional office by way of the car dealership where they bought their cars. The new registration is processed by the regional office, Balazuela said.


LTO in Region 7 has yet to deliver on plastic drivers’ license cards with systems still being put in place.

In a latest advisory issued by the office via social media, the office said it has started installing computers with its peripherals for the printing of the driver’s license with five-year validity throughout its 19 offices region-wide.

The agency explained the new design of the driver’s license has a biometric system, which means involving the capture of fingerprint and face data.

Each applicant for a drivers’ license must be personally present so fingerprint information in all 10 fingers must be taken together with a photo capture.

The information for the blood type is another piece of information that is encoded to the system.

At the moment, the region has yet to complete the high-speed Internet connection needed to make the system work. The latest information from the agency said one carrier has already installed the high-speed Internet connection in four offices. Two carriers have assured the LTO the connection will be completed in the soonest possible time.

Once the offices with high volume of transactions will be online, the roll out of the printing and releasing of the drivers’ license will commence.

Among the offices with high volume of applicants are: Mandaue City, Cebu City, DLRO SM City, Talisay City, LapuLapu City, Tagbilaran City, Dumaguete City and DLRO Robinson Dumaguete, said the advisory.

The offices with less volume but already have high-speed Internet, the advisory said the drivers’ licenses issued will be included in the first batch.



Back in August, the LTO in Manila issued the first drivers’ license with five-year validity.

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.

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.”



The LTO here advised that Bohol drivers may have to wait to get their new drivers’ license with five-year validity when the new license was launched in Manila back in August.

LTO Tagbilaran chief Erwin Patalinghug told the Tribune back in September the new licenses supposedly be rolled out by October.

However, October has already passed, and still the LTO has yet to issue the new drivers’ license, regionwide.

The delay he said was due to the lack of equipment for the printing of the cards sent to regional offices and cascaded to local LTO registry offices.



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