Over the weekend, Metro Manila, Bataan, and Laguna were placed under the less-strict modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until August 31. With that, the Land Transporation Office (LTO) announced that operations in the region will also resume today, August 23. This is good news for those that need to have their vehicle registration or driver's license renewed.

In an online announcement, all offices in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Bataan are operational starting today. However, all LTO offices in areas under MECQ will be operating at 50% capacity only. With that, expect to wait longer than usual when transacting with the agency.

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There is some good news, though. For vehicles with plates ending in 8 and 9, the validity of your vehicle's registration has been extended. Rather than August, vehicles with plates ending in 8 now have until the end of October to renew registration. Meanwhile, if the plate ends in 9, the registration is extended until the end of November.

Furthermore, the LTO adds that students permits, driver's licenses, conductor's licenses, and medical certificates, which expired between August 1 and September 30, 2021, will remain valid until November 30, 2021.

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It's great to hear that the validation of vehicle registration and licenses have been extended. However, the LTO advises motorists to renew as early as possible to prevent overcrowding at offices during the last day of renewal. So if you do have free time before the deadline arrives, it's best to do so early on. You wouldn't want to crowd with others at an LTO office with the pandemic ongoing, right?

If you plan on visiting the LTO soon, remember to strictly follow safety protocols at all times. Bring extra patience too. You're likely going to need it since LTO operations in MECQ areas are limited to 50%.