Renewing your driver's license or your motor vehicle registration soon? If you live in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, don't go to the nearest renewal center. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) recently announced that all offices located in Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) areas will be closed in the meantime.

LTO's advisory comes after the government's announcement of bringing back MECQ in select locations. Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz, the LTO's Executive Director, has confirmed to us via text message that LTO offices/renewal centers in affected areas will be pausing operations. That's because the LTO can only operate in GCQ areas. These areas are classified as low-risk or medium-risk areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But what about motorists that need to renew their Motor Vehicle (MV) Registration soon? The LTO recently announced that they have decided to extend the validity of motor vehicle registration. This will prove beneficial to motorists that have vehicles with plates that end in 6, 7, and 8 as their registration will still be valid until September 30, 2020. For vehicle owners that have plates ending in 9 and 0, their MV registration is valid until October 31, 2020, and November 30, 2020, respectively.

With the MECQ set to last for two weeks, those that wish to transact with the LTO will have to wait for the next fourteen days to pass before they can go to their respective renewal centers/offices. In the meantime, if you don't need to go out for basic goods or work, just stay home and stay safe.