Some of us have been lucky to spend just a short time at the LTO when renewing our Driver’s Licenses. Apart from new systems, the printing of the physical License card, heck, the entire process of applying for and renewing, takes mere minutes to finish. That is, for all LTO district/extension offices, licensing centers, and driver’s license renewal offices (DLRO) except for the 36 that are listed below.
Certain LTO branches cannot issue Driver’s License cards due to defective laser engravers
At least they’re pretty up front about it. In a list that’s updated as of November 30, 2022, the LTO released a list of their offices and centers that are unable to process any licensing transactions because of defective laser engravers. The said engravers are the machines used to print the plastic License cards, and since they are currently “faulty”, the offices listed below won’t be of much help.
Above you’ll see a rather comprehensive list (released yesterday) of LTO offices and centers that have fallen inept due to the damaged engravers. Save for Regions 5, 8, and 12 who do not have the facility in the first place, we have specific branches that the LTO is advising the public to not go to these centers for the timebeing; at least until the engravers have been repaired.
There was no timeline indicated as to when these centers will be able to start accepting Driver’s License-related transactions again, but given the sheer number of machines to fix, this will probably take some time. Of course, we hope that won’t be the case. For those who may be due for a trip to the LTO for licensing needs, consider yourselves informed. It’s a bit of a hassle, yes, but hey, no machine can keep running forever, right?
Besides, there are other LTO Driver’s License centers/offices that you can still go to, for sure. For now, let’s just hope the LTO gets to fix all the engravers sooner rather than later.