Newly minted LTO Chief Vigor Mendoza II wasn’t kidding when he said “We will not waste time” 158. Surely we cannot expect every single problem that’s plagued the Land Transportation Office to fantastically be resolved with a snap, but the latest from the agency is quite remarkable. For those who are wondering if your new plates – including the white plates that you’ve already paid for to replace your green license plates – are available, you can now check online 6.0K!
LTOPlateReplacement.com 1.9K goes live
A little less than two weeks ago, it was bared that the LTO has yet to address a backlog of 1.797M license plates 260. Among these, we can safely say that the green-to-white plates that motorists have already paid for as far back as 2015 are a part of this database. It gets a little bit confusing given the wording on the homepage, saying “This interactive website is designed to provide information on the availability of paid and unclaimed LTO replacement license plates (green to white) from 2015”.
If the site’s database covers new plates for newly purchased vehicles is quite unclear, but for the sole purpose of checking the availability of license plates, it does the job.
In the image above, you can see if your plate is, indeed, available, and it tells you where you can claim it as well.
Should your replacement plate still be buried in the backlog, you will see the message in the photo above instead. It says to check back again after 60 days, but we know a weekly “follow-up” at least is something that a lot of us will do. According to DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista, the database contains inventories in a number of areas across the NCR-East, Caraga, and the CAR.
For those who might have questions, the site has put up an FAQ page as well, and for your convenience, here they are and the LTO’s answers:
1. Where can I apply for replacement of license plate?
- You may apply for replacement of license plate to the nearest LTO office in your area.
2. I already paid the replacement fee but my license plate is not yet available. What should I do?
- Please inquire again after 30 to 60 days. The production of remaining replacement plates is still on-going.
3. I cannot find the official receipt
- Kindly bring a valid ID and your OLD License Plate
4. The vehicle owner is not available to pick-up the license plate
- Please secure a signed authorization letter from vehicle owner with a copy of a valid ID with signature.
5. I changed the venue of my vehicle registration
- The new license plate is available on the same office you ordered it.
What we can say is that this is a pretty strong start to ASec. Mendoza’s tenure, and a good follow-through to the LTO’s thrust towards digitalization. The only thing that remains now is how the rest of the absent, lost, missing, or unlogged plates will be addressed. But at the rate things are going, and with the new delivery of blank plates, the LTO 140 may stand a pretty good chance of maybe turning this long-standing predicament around.
Is your plate available yet?