The tremendous backlogs and service interruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has made vehicle registration renewal with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), a huge burden for the millions of motorists in the country.

Many motorists have reportedly had to line up at dawn (or earlier) just to complete their vehicle registration renewal transactions. But now there's a new solution.

The LTO is pilot testing a new “drive-thru” registration renewal system, and the Land Transportation Office Central Visayas (LTO-7) has reported that they were able to process 2,412 vehicles from July 6 to August 11. There may be a glimmer of hope for motorists as the LTO may offer this in other regional offices as well.

Currently offered at the LTO-7’s Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (MVIC) in Subangdaku, Mandaue City, the transport office has renewed the registration of 1,113 motor vehicles and 1,299 motorcycles. The service was said to have been conceptualized in Davao City and is the first of its kind in the Visayas region.

“We are very happy with the outcome of our MVIC drive-through, especially on its first month,” said Victor Emmanuel Caindec, LTO-7 Director.

Under the new system, registration renewals will take owners less than an hour, without having to leave their vehicles. The processing time can be improved if a fast, reliable, and stable internet connection is available.

To avail of the service, vehicle owners should bring a clear copy of their certificate of registration and official receipt, insurance certificate of cover, emission test result, and stencils of chassis and engine numbers. 

LTO’s executive director, Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, shared that the drive-thru vehicle-renewal center (like that in Cebu) may see the light of day here, but with conditions.

“It depends on the regional directors. They were given the discretion,” said Atty. Vera Cruz via text message.

LTO’s NCR West Regional Director, Atty. Clarence “Chuck” Guinto, has also confirmed that with the help of the LTO’s new IT system which is hoped to streamline and make transactions faster, it may be possible to implement the new system in their offices.