Update: Virtual Plate Numbers may vary from the Actual LTO Plates

Quick summary:

If your car was registered starting July 2016, the virtual plate number printed in your Certificate of Registration may be different from the actual LTO plates you will receive.  The first letter will change from “A” to the letter assigned to the LTO Regional Office.

From James Deakin’s Facebook (Aug 24, 2018)

“More than a few people have reached out about some confusing plates that don’t match their OR/CR. So I reached out to the LTO and this is how they explain it:

As agreed during a meeting with NRU (New Registration Units) prior to rollout ng PLATES:
It was agreed na all manufactured plates issued for MV Registered Starting July 2016 will revert to the previous assignment of series for regional office. All manufactured plate will represent their respective region based on their initial prefix letter
Such as
Regional Office 1 – Y
Regional Office 2 – B
Regional Office 3 – C
Regional Office 4A – D
Regional Office 4B – V
Regional Office 5 – E
Regional Office 6 – F
Regional Office 7 – G
Regional Office 8 – H
Regional Office 9 – I
Regional Office 10 – J
Regional Office 11 – K
Regional Office 12 – L
NCR – N
So on and so forth

Why ang Region 1 is Y? Because instead of A whose series is already used, they assigned prefix instead is Y.

In this case, the ACX Virtual Plate, which was assigned in Region 1, the Manufactured Plate is YCX instead of ACX.
This applies to all region with assigned Virtual Plates.

Example 
An ACP Virtual Plate which was assigned in NCR will be manufactured as NCP (to determine the Region where region the vehicle is registered.

As you can easily notice – all manufactured plate no longer bears the name of Regional Office under the Plate Number unlike before.

They can be identified thru the 1st letter of the plate.

As to documents (Plates printed in the CR no longer matches with the actual plates), they can go to their respective district office that issued the CR or the Regional Office, to annotate or initialize the corrected plate in the CR. Or they can also request for a screenshot of actual plate issued to the vehicle as supporting document to the “initialized” plates in the CR
Or
They can have the CR reprinted in the LTO Office, para malinis.

Like the Region 3
From ADJ to CDJ

Painitial na lang po yung CR with the manufactured plate. And you can request for screenshot (which can be viewed in all on line LTO offices)

Correction
CAR – is Y
While Regional Office No. 1 is I
Region 9 is J
Region 10 is K
etc..”

So for now, we’d recommend that clients to remain using their conduction plates until LTO releases their official car plate. 

You can read about the LTO plate availability checker here:  LTO vehicle plate availability checker now online.

Source: James Deakin’s Facebook Post (Aug 24, 2018)

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