Last week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced that they have extended the validity of registration of motor vehicles. With it, vehicles with plate numbers ending in 6 in NCR, Laguna, Cebu, and Region III are now given until September 3, 2020, to have their motor vehicle registration renewed. Meanwhile, vehicles that have plates ending in 7, and 8 have their MV registrations extended until August 31, 2020, and September 30, 2020, accordingly.

All well and good, but despite the extension, LTO offices and renewal centers sometimes still experience long lines, as well as congestion. This is because many try to renew their registrations as early as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And with the government recently announcing the return of MECQ in NCR, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, and Cavite, many are encouraged to just stay at home in the next two weeks.

LTO: Vehicles with plates ending in 6, 7, 8 can renew until Sept. 30 image

To give motorists with pending MV registrations more leeway, the LTO decided to extend the validity of registration for motor vehicles with plates ending in 6, 7, 8. Instead of having three separate deadlines for each specific number-ending plate, vehicles that have plate numbers that end in 6, 7, 8 will have their MV registration valid until September 30, 2020. This means that no penalties will be imposed for late renewals, and no fines will be collected for the following vehicles.

Despite the extended validity of, LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante stated that motorists must follow the revised schedule and not to wait for the deadline. This will help the LTO carry out transactions smoothly and effectively. Furthermore, all motorists present at LTO offices/renewal centers must follow the strict health protocols, wear faces masks, as well as maintain social distancing with one another so that everyone is safe and protected.

With the validity of vehicle registrations extended, motorists that have yet to schedule a renewal may now do so without fear of being fined for missing the original deadline.