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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
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.

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
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)

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

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)

LTO vehicle plate availability checker now online

LTO online plate availability checker

LTO recently launched an online tool so vehicle owners can check if their official LTO plates are available.

You can see the status through this web page –

LTO online plate availability checker

LTO online plate availability checker

You need to enter the 15-digit MV file number.  This number can be found in the Certificate of Registration (CR) of your car.

MV File location in Certificate of Registration

MV File location in Certificate of Registration


The LTO Website also has the Plate Availability Schedule here

LTO Plate Availability Schedule Per Region

LTO Plate Availability Schedule Per Region

To date (as of Aug 1, 2018), only plates from July 2016 until December 2016 are being produced.  For NCR, only plates from July 1, 2016 until August 3, 2016 are being produced.

If your plates are not yet ready, don’t fret.  You can order temporary conduction plates from Conduction Plate Manila.  You can order online, pay through BPI/GCash, then have the plates delivered.  We deliver all over the Philippines.

To order, kindly fill out the online order form at


LTO Issues Standard Conduction Plate for Cars Registered starting June 1, 2017

LTO plate layout - Feb 2017

Update (Mar 2017): Implementation of this memo was postponed from Feb 15, 2017 to June 1, 2017

LTO Standard Conduction Plate Design
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LTO released a memo last January 11, 2017 related to conduction sticker plates that is causing some confusion to the motoring public.  Here is all the information we gathered to help our customers and friends.

Last January 11, 2017, LTO issued a memo that the conduction sticker numbers will serve as temporary license plate numbers for vehicles.  They also provided a standard design of conduction plates.  All dealers are required to provide conduction plates that are reflectorized and follow the standard design for cars registered starting Feb 15, 2017.  We called the LTO Operations Division.  They clarified that the new standard design is indeed required for vehicles bought and registered starting Feb 15, 2017.

Later on Feb 23, 2017, LTO released another circular deferring the implementation of the new LTO standard design to June 1, 2017. (see memo copy below)

So if your car OR and CR shows that it was registered before June 1, 2017, you are not required to follow this memo.

You can read the memo here:

LTO Memo - Jan 11, 2017 Conduction Sticker Number as Temporary Licenses Number
LTO Memo – Jan 11, 2017 Conduction Sticker Number as Temporary License Plate Number
LTO Memo Feb 23 2017 Deferring Implementation of New Design
LTO Memo Feb 23 2017 Deferring Implementation of New Design

Frequently asked questions:

My car is new and don’t have my LTO plate. It was registered 2016.  Can I order a personalized conduction plate?

Yes, you can still order a personalized conduction plate.  The LTO standard conduction plate design is required for cars registered starting Jun 1, 2017 only.  You can order your plates in

I registered my car June 20, 2017.  Can I order a personalized conduction plate?

Yes, you can order Conduction Plates but only the LTO standard design. You must order and use the design similar to dealer-issued conduction plates. Our LTO standard Conduction plates are reflective and are compliant with the set guidelines of LTO.We discourage the use of other designs to comply with the set LTO guidelines.

I ordered a conduction plate from Conduction Plate Manila in 2016.  Do I need to change my plates to the LTO standard conduction plate design?

No.  The directive is only applicable to vehicles registered starting June 1, 2017.  You can still continue using your Conduction Plate Manila plates until your official LTO plates arrive.

If my car bought after June 1, 2017 is not compliant, who will be fined?

Based on the memo, it is the dealer who will be fined.  The dealer is responsible for providing the plate complying with the LTO standard conduction plate design.

I am a car dealer.  Do you make the new LTO standard Conduction Plate Design?

Yes.  Please email us at with the following details (Dealer name, quantity, contact person, contact details- landline, mobile) so we can provide you a quotation.

What is the required LTO standard design?

The photo below is our render.

LTO Standard-Jun5-2017

How do I order an LTO standard Conduction Plate?

Fill in the order form at  Choose the LTO Standard Conduction Plate.


Phone call (Feb 7, 2017) – LTO Operations Division. – (Feb 6, 2017)

What are Virtual Plates?

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – We have been getting a lot of inquiries on the Virtual Plates from our clients in the past few months.  Here is a quick FAQ on the matter.

What are Virtual Plates?

Virtual Plate numbers are the assigned car registration numbers for new vehicles.  Because of the delay in the procurement and production of the official government-issued plates in the Philippines, the new vehicles already have assigned plate numbers but the physical plates are not yet available.  This will aid you in the release of the plate number in the future.

These assigned numbers are called by many, the Virtual Plate.

Where can I get my assigned Virtual Plate?

The Virtual Plate Numbers will be given to your car dealer.  Usually, there is a certificate showing the plate number.

Can I have Virtual Plates made?

We do not recommend you to have Virtual Plates made.  There is a regulation in LTO prohibiting the making of improvised plates and since the Virtual Plate is the LTO plate number, this will be considered an improvised plate.  This has a corresponding penalty.

LTO Issued me an Authority to Use Improvised Plates.  Can I have a temporary plate done?

If LTO issued you an Authority to Use Improvised Plates, you can safely have virtual plates made.

If the production of Virtual Plates is not recommended, can I still have conduction plates made?

Yes, you can still have your conduction plates made.  Conduction Plate Manila makes reasonably priced conduction plates.

How can I order a conduction plate?

You can order here.

I lost my plate number.  What should I do?

Please read our article “What to do if your plates are lost or needs to be replaced?

Information gathered from a phone call to the Director’s Office of LTO NCR (June 21, 2016)

LTO Suspends No Plate No Travel Policy – GMA News

Excerpt from GMA News (May 26, 2015)

The Land Transportation Office has suspended the “No plate, no travel” policy after LTO officials appeared before the Senate concerning complaints over the manner and slowness of releasing plate numbers to vehicle owners.

The LTO suspended the policy on Saturday, Bombo Radyo reported
The Senator last month said a 30-day moratorium on the policy will solve the problems hounding the agency which has been criticized by the public. 
Cayetano welcomed LTO’s decision, but said more needs to be done about the issue. 
“Ako’y natutuwa na nagkasolusyon, that LTO met with car dealers and tried to solve the existing problems,” he said.
“Pero kung kinonsulta siguro muna nila ang mga tao bago ipatupad ang polisiya, hindi na sana nangyari ito,” he added.
“While we commend LTO’s suspension of its ‘No Plate, No Travel’ policy, it does not end here. We know that the DOTC, among other agencies in government, are still riddled with several problems that cause burden to the people. That is why we will continue to guard the public against any government inefficiency,” the senator said.
The policy penalizes a motorist caught driving a car with no license plates by a P10,000 fine and owner must pay up to P5,000 if a vehicle does not have updated plate numbers.
Earlier, LTO chief Aljun Tan defended the policy, which took effect April 1, saying his office was never late in issuing plates for newly-registered vehicles.
Automotive industry stakeholders disagreed with the LTO official, saying the backlog was also caused by LTO when it was closed during the Christmas break and did not process registrations from January to mid-February due to a systems upgrade.   Rose-An Jessica Dioquino/VS, GMA News
See the original article here:

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LTO removes expiry of temporary license cards

To those who renewed their driver’s license this year and have yet to receive your plastic LTO cards, no need to worry about the impending expiry.  You can still drive legally even if the validity stamped in your license receipt has lapsed.

Here is a full copy of the memo.

Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2015-1925

SUBJECT:   Removing the 150 days validity period of Temporary Driver’s License in view of the shortage of license cards.

After a thorough discussion with the Regional Directors, Assistant Regional Directors and Heads of Licensing Centers, during the first quarter Director’s Conference held at Cagayan de Oro City last February 25 to 28, 2015, and after evaluation of the complaints regarding the delay of the released of the Driver’s License plastic cards both for the Non-Professional and Professional Driver’s License, due to the shortage of plastic materials used for the production of the said plastic cards, the following guidelines are hereby promulgated for the observance of all concerned:

1.  The Validity period of the Temporary Driver’s License (TDL) shall be disregarded and the Expiry Date of the Driver’s License indicated therein shall be considered as the TDL’s lifespan/validity
period.  No Violation for the Use of Expired TDL shall be charged until the issue on the shortage/non-availability of plastic cards is fully-addressed;

2.  The availability of the plastic cards shall be made known to the public by posting a simple notice in conspicuous areas within the vicinity of the Licensing Centers/District Offices and Driver’s License Renewal
Centers (DLRC) for the information and guidance of the public.  All Licensing Centers/District Offices and Driver’s License Renewal Centers shall provide a Telephone Hotline Number for the transacting
public to call for an update/follow up regarding the date of release; and

3.  All LTO Regional Offices shall instruct their Law Enforcers and deputized agents to refrain from apprehending drivers only on the basis of expired TDL.

All instructions/memoranda inconsistent herewith are deemed superseded and/or otherwise modified accordingly.

This memorandum shall take effect immediately.

For your guidance and strict compliance.


What to do when your LTO plate is lost or needs replacement

Mutilated plate

Mutilated plate

We have been receiving requests for the manufacturing of lost plates so we want to advise everyone the steps in requesting for duplicate plates from LTO.

If your vehicle plates are lost or needs replacement, you must report the loss/need to replace in LTO.  They can issue an Authority to Use Improvised Plates while the official LTO plates are not yet available.

Here are the steps:

1. Prepare a notarized Affidavit of Loss

2. Go to the LTO office where the vehicle was last registered.

Duplicate Plates/Replacement Stickers (MC 90-120; Memorandum dated December 15, 2003)

Certified True Copy of Certificate of Registration/ Original Certificate of Registration (CR)
Certified True Copy of Official Receipt/Original Official Receipt (OR) of latest payment of MVUC and other fees
Affidavit of Loss/mutilation
Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
Certification from the LTFRB that MV plates have not been surrendered, in case of for hire MVs
Secretary’s certificate in case MV is in the name of a corporation or DTI certificate of registration in case of sole proprietorship

Procedure in LTO:
1. Proceed to the transaction counters and submit all the required documents to the Evaluator for evaluation and computation of fees.
2. Actual inspection of motor vehicles with duly accomplished MVIR. (This form is available for download here. You can accomplish this form prior to transacting your business at the LTO.)
3. Proceed to the Cashier when your name is called for the necessary fees and obtain an Official Receipt (OR).
4. Proceed to the Releasing Counter when your name is called to obtain the Certificate of Registration (CR), plates, stickers, and other requested documents.
Venue: Any Online District / Extension Office

LTO should issue you the Authorization to Use Improvised Plates. This is usually valid for 90 days from issuance.

3. You can now order and use improvised plates while waiting for your LTO plates to be made.

Sources: Phone call with LTO (Mr Raul) (922-9065), and site

Image credit: Top Gear Philippines