Every LTO Fee for Car Registration, Driver’s License, and Violations

Venus Zoleta
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Each transaction with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) comes with a fee—whether it’s for vehicle registration, driver’s license application or renewal, or settling a traffic rule violation. Learning about every LTO fee is an inescapable reality every car owner in the Philippines must deal with.

What’s worse than parting away with your money is getting shocked at the amount you’ll have to pay at the LTO office. Unpleasant surprises like that can be avoided if you know the exact fees that you’ll be charged beforehand. That, or bring extra cash to avoid the inconvenience of running to the nearest ATM.

Before you head out to the LTO office, take note of these LTO fees to expect for each kind of transaction you’ll have with the government agency.

LTO Car Registration Fees

In August 2018, reports surfaced about the Department of Finance’s proposal to increase the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC). MVUC is part of the LTO fees you pay when you register your vehicle.

As of this writing, no executive order has been released yet by the Malacañang, so the present rates on the LTO website are the same.

Read more:

MUVC Rates for Car Registration

Here are the MVUC rates for private cars in the Philippines based on vehicle type and gross weight. For starters, registering your motorcycle will cost you PHP 240 and PHP 300 if it has a sidecar.

Vehicle Type

Gross Weight

MVUC

Light passenger cars

Up to 1,600 kg

PHP 1,600

Medium passenger cars

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

PHP 3,600

Heavy passenger cars

2,301 kg and above

PHP 8,000

Utility vehicles

Up to 2,700 kg

PHP 2,000

Utility vehicles

2,701 kg to 4,500 kg

PHP 2,000 + 0.40 x gross weight in excess of 2,700 kg

SUVs (1991 models and above)

Up to 2,700 kg

PHP 2,300

SUVs (1991 models and above)

2,701 kg to 4,500 kg

PHP 2,300 + 0.46 x gross weight in excess of 2,700 kg

Motorcycles without sidecar

N/A

PHP 240

Motorcycles with sidecar

N/A

PHP 300

Trucks

4,501 kg and above

0.24 x gross weight

LTO charges a different set of MVUC rates for aged private cars (model year 2000 and older):

Vehicle Type

Gross Weight

MVUC

Light passenger cars (1995-2000 models)

Up to 1,600 kg

PHP 2,000

Light passenger cars (1994 and older models)

Up to 1,600 kg

PHP 1,400

Medium passenger cars (1997-2000 models)

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

PHP 6,000

Medium passenger cars (1995 and 1996 models)

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

PHP 4,800

Medium passenger cars (1994 and older models)

1,601 kg to 2,300 kg

PHP 2,400

Heavy passenger cars (1995-2000 models)

2,301 kg and above

PHP 12,000

Heavy passenger cars (1994 and older models)

2,301 kg and above

PHP 5,600

Other LTO Fees for Car Registration

In addition to the MVUC, other LTO fees can raise the total fee for your car registration.

For example, there’s a separate fee for the license plate. Even changing certain parts of your vehicle and the location of your vehicle registration can incur an LTO fee.

Recently, the LTO released a memo that orders charging of a PHP 1,800 inspection fee for vehicles weighing 4,500 kg or lower. If the vehicle fails the inspection, a PHP 900 re-inspection fee will be charged. Vehicle inspection is one of the requirements for registration with the LTO.

LTO Fee

Amount

Private motor vehicle inspection center (MVIC) fee

Vehicles with gross weight equal to or less than 4,500 kg: PHP 1,800

Motorcycles: PHP 600

Re-inspection fee

Vehicles with gross weight equal to or less than 4,500 kg: PHP 900

Motorcycles: PHP 300

Legal research fund

PHP 10

Computer fee

PHP 169.05

Regular vehicle license plate

PHP 450

Motorcycle license plate

PHP 120

Cost of sticker

PHP 50

License plate duplication/replacement

PHP 450

Vanity plate

Select Edition: PHP 10,000

Premium Edition: PHP 15,000

Change classification/chassis/color/engine/tire size

PHP 30

Change body design

PHP 100

Change of venue of vehicle registration

PHP 100

Revision of gross vehicle weight

PHP 30

Transfer of vehicle ownership

PHP 50 per transfer

Penalty for Late Registration in LTO

You’ll be paying more if you register your vehicle past the LTO’s deadline. Here’s a list of every LTO fee for late vehicle registration:

Delinquent Vehicle Registration

Penalty Fee

Beyond the registration week (based on the middle digit of plate number)

Vehicles: PHP 200

Motorcycles: PHP 100

Beyond the registration month but not more than 12 months (based on the last digit of plate number)

50% of the MVUC rate

Beyond 12 months without apprehension for LTO violations

50% of the MVUC rate plus renewal

Beyond 12 months with apprehension for LTO violations

50% of the MVUC rate plus renewal for every year of delinquency

Check the LTO website[1] for more information about vehicle registration-related fees.

LTO Fees for Driver’s License Application and Renewal

LTO Fees for Driver's License Application and Renewal
LTO Fees for Driver's License Application and Renewal

Applying for a new driver’s license? Or renewing your existing license? Make sure you bring the correct amount to pay the appropriate LTO fee.

Transaction

Total Fee

Student permit application

PHP 317.63

Driver's license application (professional/non-professional)

PHP 820.26

Driver's license renewal (professional/non-professional

Valid license: PHP 652.63

PHP 727.63 for license expired for one day to one year

PHP 802.63 for license expired for one to two years

PHP 1,045.26 for license expired for over two years

Dormant license renewal (professional/non-professional)

PHP 1,045.26

License classification change request

Valid non-professional to professional (and vice versa): PHP 560.26

Expired non-professional to professional (and vice versa): PHP 920.26 + penalty

Check the LTO website [2] for more information about driver’s license-related fees.

Read more: Complete Guide to Driver’s License Application

LTO Violation Fees

LTO Violation Fees
LTO Violation Fees

Break a traffic rule, and you’ll be slapped with a fine. Here is a list of every LTO fee for common traffic violations in the Philippines:

Violation

Fine

Driving without a valid driver's license

PHP 3,000

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or dangerous drugs

Not resulting in injuries or death: PHP 20,000 to PHP 80,000

Resulted in injuries: PHP 100,000 to PHP 200,000

Resulted in death: PHP 300,000 to PHP 500,000

Reckless driving

First offense: PHP 2,000

Second offense: PHP 3,000

Subsequent offense: PHP 10,000

Submission of fake documents in driver's license application or renewal

PHP 3,000

No seat belt (including having a child passenger six years old and below on the front passenger seat)

First offense: PHP 1,000

Second offense: PHP 2,000

Third offense: PHP 5,000

No motorcycle helmet

First offense: PHP 1,000

Second offense: PHP 3,000

Third offense: PHP 5,000

Fourth and succeeding offenses: PHP 10,000

No driver's license, certificate of registration, or official receipt while driving

PHP 1,000

Traffic violations such as parking violation, disregarding traffic signs, illegal turn, illegal overtaking, and others listed under the Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01

PHP 1,000

Driving an unregistered vehicle

PHP 10,000

Unauthorized vehicle modification

PHP 5,000

Vehicle without or with defective/improper/unauthorized devices, accessories, parts, and equipment

PHP 5,000

License plate not attached or improperly attached

PHP 5,000

Smoke belching

First offense: PHP 2,000

Second offense: PHP 4,000

Third offense: PHP 6,000

Vehicle registration/renewal fraud

PHP 3,000

Visit the LTO website[3] for more information about the fines and penalties for violations of traffic laws and regulations.

Read more: LTO Violations Every Motorist Should Take Note Of

Final Thoughts

Many LTO fees leave motorists scratching their heads in confusion and frustration. But nothing much can be done, except to pay what’s due.

You can avoid or at least minimize the costs, though. Obey traffic rules and practice safe and defensive driving so that you won’t be penalized with a fine. Also, renew your car registration on time, so you won’t be paying an LTO fee for late registration. Lastly, renew your driver’s license while it’s still valid, as renewing an expired license can cost you more.

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