The format of the Certificate of Registration, or more commonly known as “CR”, has been the same for decades now. We've become accustomed to what it looks like, and we're not expecting any changes from it at all. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
But the Land Transportation Office (LTO) thought it's time to give the humble certificate a major overhaul. That's because of the eventual implementation of the Land Transportation Management System or LTMS. The new Certificate of Registration is part of the new system that makes it easier to book appointments and pay dues online. With the new LTMS, motorists may now submit an application, book an appointment and pay for driver’s license transactions by registering an account at portal.lto.gov.ph.
So, what will the new Certificate of Registration look like now? Per the LTO, they made it larger “to provide enough space for the inclusion of additional significant vehicle information and to increase the font size to make the details therein easily readable.”. The agency adds that its size is now on par with certificates issued by other government agencies. For them, it helps reduce instances of requests for duplicate CR as they admitted the current size is susceptible to being misplaced.
But size isn't the only thing that's been changed in the new CR. From now on, the new CR includes the vehicle classification (private, for hire, except, etc.) which was reserved for the OR (official receipt). Also new is the vehicle category which is aligned with Philippine National Standards (PNS) on the classification and definition of power-driven vehicles (L 1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7, M1 I M2, M3, N1 I N2, N3, 01, 02, 03, 04, SA, SB, SC, SD). Vehicle color has also been brought back for the new system.
The LTO added special categories in the new CR. These include maximum power in kilowatts for electric vehicles, year model, and year rebuilt. The third item is for imported used vehicles and is based on the oldest part fitted on the car.
Denomination and body number have been removed in favor of vehicle type (car, UV, SUV, Bus, Truck, MC/TC, or trailer) and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Shipping weight, net capacity, and the number of cylinders have also been deleted. Last but not least is a dedicated space for remarks on the vehicle.