With the virus still lingering in the air, it's still risky to go out there. The LTO (Land Transportation Office) recognizes this, and they are making an effort to reduce foot traffic in their offices. To ensure that field offices aren't jam-packed with registration renewal applicants, they have pushed the deadline for those who need to register their vehicles this year.

The first extension applies for June to August. Originally, those with license plates that end in 6, 7, and 8 needed to renew back in June, July, and August, respectively. If you fall under those dates, you now have until October 30, 2020, to renew your vehicle's registration. That means you have a little over a month to head down to your nearest LTO office to do so.

But what about those who need to renew this September and October? If your license plate ends in 9 and 0, you have a little more time. You now have until the end of the year, December 31, 2020, to update your vehicle registration. That's a three-month window for September renewals and two months for October registrations.

That said, if your car's tags have lapsed before the mentioned months, you're out of luck. If you failed to renew before June, you will have to pay for the penalties. Beyond the week of registration of your vehicle (based on the second number of your plate), you will have to pay a charge of Php 200 per week for four-wheeled vehicles, and Php 100 for two-wheeled vehicles.

If you are unable to renew months after your set date, the penalty is fifty percent of your MVUC (Motor Vehicle User's Charge). For example, your annual MVUC fee is Php 5,000, you will have to pay an extra Php 2,500 to cover the fine. The same applies if you failed to renew registration after one year, provided you do not have violations. If you do, it's fifty percent of the MVUC fee plus every year of delinquency.

Don't even think about driving your car with expired tags either. Driving an unregistered vehicle carries a fine of Php 10,000, and you run the risk of getting your vehicle impounded. You'll only get your ride back if you've paid for the penalties and fees. Yes, spending half a day outside the house or the office to renew your registration sounds tedious, but retrieving your car in the impound is a massive headache. With that, don't wait until the last minute to renew your registration. The LTO has given ample time for many to do that this time around.

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