A few weeks ago, we reported that motorists can soon transact with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) via the Land Transportation Management System (LTMS). The new online-based system will allow motorists to process various transactions without having to go to an LTO office physically.

From settling fines, application of renewal of licenses, or requesting revision of records, the LTMS will make it a little easier for motorists to transact with the LTO amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, after conducting heavy testing to iron-out technical glitches and bugs, the LTO has announced that online transactions via the LTMS are now available across 24 offices. Through a gradual launch, the LTO said that motorists may now apply for new or renewal of their driver's licenses or book appointments by creating an account at portal.lto.gov.ph.

LTMS is now available in Metro Manila at the LTO Central Office-License Station, Quezon City Licensing Center, Eastwood DLRO, Ever Gotesco DLRO, and at the Muntinlupa District Office. As for the rest of Luzon, the LTMS feature is now available at the following locations – Laoag District Office, Baguio Licensing Center, Bayombong District Office, Calapan District Office, Naga District Office, San Fernando Licensing Center, Angeles District Office, and Binan District Office.

Over in the Visayas region, LTMS can now be accessed by clients at these District Offices: Tagbilaran, Dumaguete, Roxas, and Ormoc. In Mindanao, the system is available at the Pagadian, Malaybalay, Butuan, Tagum, Davao, and General Santos District Offices.

LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante said that the system is still at the pilot test phase in order to weed out more bugs that might affect users in the future. However, he said that more and more locations will make the transition to digital.

“We are fast-tracking necessary preparations so that more LTO offices will be equipped with the LTMS. Rest assured that while we shift to the new normal, we will surely adapt to digitalization. That’s where we are heading,” said Galvante.

Come next week, Galvante mentioned that motor vehicle registration will be available for LTMS users. This will surely help the LTO as there have been long queues at renewal centers and at district offices recently due to motorists not being able to renew their registrations for the past three months.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still present and the country now having over 37,000 confirmed cases of infection, the LTO's new LTMS could help off-load some of the physical renewals/applicants at LTO offices across the country. But can the online-based system handle that much load from thousands of users? Let's sure hope it doesn't falter.