Driver’s license expiring soon? LTO extends validity past ‘enhanced quarantine’

View from the South Luzon Expressway <i>Photo: Patrick Roque / Wikimedia commons</i>
View from the South Luzon Expressway Photo: Patrick Roque / Wikimedia commons

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All drivers’ licenses that have expired or are expiring during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) will remain valid until the end of the lockdown, the Philippines’ Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced yesterday.

ECQ was first imposed on March 17 and is expected to end on May 15.

LTO said that it has extended the validity of expired drivers’ licenses to 60 days or two months, starting after the ECQ is lifted.

“In addition, no penalties will be collected for the late registration of motor vehicles and renewal of driver’s licenses that expire within the duration of the ECQ,” DOTr said.

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“LTO will also limit its transactions once the ECQ is lifted, to observe health protocols, such as social distancing, in light of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic,” it said.

“Likewise, the agency will reduce personnel in counters, but to accommodate more applicants, the office is considering operating during Saturdays, and frontliners will be the priority in the opening of the offices,” DOTr added.

Applicants are encouraged to register online to avoid overcrowding at LTO offices on the day of their renewal.

Well, that’s one less thing to worry about. See you on the road!

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