Temporary Plate Number Philippines: Follow the LTO guilines and get more helpful advice

Aug 24, 2020

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What does a car driver need to understand before registering for a temporary plate number in the Philippines? Join us in this article to find out right away.

Nowadays, car drivers are allowed to use temporary plate number in the Philippines with the approval of the LTO. However, before registering a temporary license plate, you need to carefully read the instructions for the implementation and installation of the car as well as the exact regulations for the drivers. This article from Philtoyota.com will help you get thorough knowledge of this issue. 

Temporary plate number in the Philippines: Overview 

In addition to providing new temporary plate numbers for vehicles registered in the Philippines, the Philippine Land Transportation Office is also working on giving all new vehicles registered in this country a new plate number.

However, it’s easier said than done. There are still many license plate suppliers that have not yet updated this situation. This has been going on since 2016 when a series of new cars have been issued with a new license plate in the Philippines, but the ones with old registration have not been replaced with new plate numbers.

With this in mind, the LTO has allowed vehicles purchased recently to use temporary plate number in the Philippines. And therefore, they will have to comply with some specifications given by the LTO.

temporary plate number philippines

The LTO has allowed vehicles purchased recently to use temporary plate number in the Philippines

Temporary Plate Number in the Philippines: Motorcycles and Tricycle 

As you may know, the LTO temporary plate format for motorcycles and for tricycles is different. Of course, the temporary plate number still includes the dealer name and the region - the place of registration. 

In addition, motorbikes with temporary license plates must have the word "registered" above and their conduction number in the middle of the plate. It is a common model for most motorcycles and tricycles when using temporary license plates.

The LTO temporary plate format

The LTO temporary plate format for motorcycles and for tricycles is different

Temporary Plate Number Format and Design 

As mentioned above, a standard format of LTO temporary plate number in the Philippines must comply with the LTO memorandum: 

  • The name of the dealer: located at the ends of the plate.

  • The word "register": located at the top position, between your vehicle's conduction number and the screw holes, and in the middle between the dealer's names.

  • The region and MV file number: located below.

You can refer to the illustration above for better understanding.

standard format of LTO temporary plate number Philippines

A standard format of LTO temporary plate number in the Philippines must comply with the LTO memorandum

Temporary plate number size in the Philippines 

All sizes of the temporary plate number  need to be in compliance with a standard dimension, which is mentioned in the LTO Memorandum (issued January 2017).

For motor vehicles, the length should be about 20 inches, and the width should be about 4.5 inches. However, there is a difference with motorbikes. The length of the motorcycle plate should be longer, while the width should be shorter.

LTO Standard temporary plate for motorcycle Part 1 (All information needed and guidance)

Temporary Plate Number Font in the Philippines 

According to the font to be used in temporary plate number in the Philippines, LTO said it would be Arial Black. This is the most popular font and is more readable than the others. And of course, you can also easily read them even when the car is moving on the road.

For motorbikes, due to having narrower signs and being placed higher, LTO recommends using Arial Narrow Black font.

LTO Standard plate

This is the most popular font and is more readable than the others

Temporary Plate Number: Renewing Registration 

Also, in another LTO memorandum, the department heads and staff members involved were reminded about conduction sticker numbers that could be used as temporary plate number in the Philippines.

On the other hand, the memorandum also states that the temporary license plate should meet the requirements of private emissions testing centers. 

In addition, if you have already shown your vehicle registration certificate, official receipt, and temporary license plate, you may not need to verify the certification from the owner of the motorcycle or motor vehicle.

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LTO Standard temporary plate Part 2 (All information needed and guidance)

Temporary plate number in the Philippines: Helpful Tips 

For new car owners, you should be aware of the following precautions if you want to register the temporary plate number in the Philippines.

First of all, if you purchased and registered a vehicle after 2016, your license plate may have been issued by the LTO office or the dealerships where you registered. However, keep in mind that when you buy a car and register it before 2016, it may take longer to wait for new license plates. This is being considered by the court and will be officially announced from the LTO.

Secondly, the vanity plates are not available at the registration of the license plate. We know a lot of drivers in the Philippines do not care about this, while a few people like them because of its uniqueness. However, the LTO has temporarily suspended the registration of the vanity plates since late 2017, as that is not a priority.

The next thing we want to say is that you cannot drive without a LTO vehicle registration or license plate. This is under the LTO policy. In addition, you will not be able to use your vehicle when the vehicle registration has expired. 

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LTO plate standardization

You cannot drive without a LTO vehicle registration or license plate

And you know what will happen if you deliberately break the law? You will be fined a considerably large sum of money or may be forced to temporarily detain your car. So before know how to make temporary plate number, you should learn about the policies and regulations. 

Last but not least, in case you lose or damage your license plate number, please remember the following things:  

  • File the lost statement at the place you registered your vehicle or LTO branch

  • Present your certificate of registration, receipt and other requests

  • Check the vehicle and pay the rework cost

  • You will be given a temporary license plate number by the LTO

Temporary Plate Number in the Philippines: Conclusion 

Now you know all about temporary plate number in the Philippines, right? If you want to register a license plate number, please read the policies and obey the regulations of LTO strictly. 

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