Owning your car brings numerous advantages. However, interactions with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) inevitably involve fees, be it for vehicle registration, driver’s license application, or addressing traffic violations.

Navigating through LTO fees is an essential aspect of car ownership in the Philippines. To avoid unexpected expenses and lengthy queues, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the specific LTO charges in advance.

Before visiting your nearest LTO branch, ensure you’re aware of the fees outlined below.

Philippine LTO Car Registration Fees

Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC)

When registering your car in the Philippines, the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC), also known as the road user’s tax, is among the mandatory LTO fees.

Part of the Philippine government’s tax reform program outlined in Republic Act 8794, the MVUC collected from vehicle owners is allocated for the upkeep of national and provincial roads, as well as combatting vehicle-related air pollution.

MUVC Rates for LTO Car Registration Renewal

The following are the MVUC fees for private cars in the Philippines as of 2024. Initially, the motorcycle registration fee is ₱240 (₱300 if it includes a sidecar).

Vehicle Type Gross Weight MVUC
Motorcycles without sidecar N/A ₱240
Motorcycles with sidecar N/A ₱300
Light passenger cars Up to 1,600 kg ₱1,600
Medium passenger cars 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg ₱3,600
Heavy passenger cars 2,301 kg and above ₱8,000
Utility vehicles Up to 2,700 kg ₱2,000
Utility vehicles 2,701 kg to 4,500 kg ₱2,000 + 0.40 x gross weight over 2,700 kg
SUVs (1991 models and above) Up to 2,700 kg ₱2,300
SUVs (1991 models and above) 2,701 kg to 4,500 kg ₱2,300 + 0.46 x gross weight over 2,700 kg
Trucks 4,501 kg and above ₱1,800 + 0.24 x gross weight over 2700 kg
Trailers 4,501 kg and above 0.24 x gross vehicle weight

Fees for MVUC on Older Private Cars

For aged private cars (model year 2000 and older), the LTO applies a distinct set of MVUC rates.

Vehicle Type Gross Weight MVUC
Light passenger cars (1995-2000 models) Up to 1,600 kg ₱2,000
Light passenger cars (1994 and older models) Up to 1,600 kg ₱1,400
Medium passenger cars (1997-2000 models) 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg ₱6,000
Medium passenger cars (1995 and 1996 models) 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg ₱4,800
Medium passenger cars (1994 and older models) 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg ₱2,400
Heavy passenger cars (1995-2000 models) 2,301 kg and above ₱12,000
Heavy passenger cars (1994 and older models) 2,301 kg and above ₱5,600

Electric Vehicle MVUC Fees

The LTO provides specific guidelines for the classification and registration of electric vehicles in the Philippines. Below is a table detailing the LTO registration fees that every owner and driver of an e-vehicle should be aware of.

Electric Vehicles Description MVUC Rate
Category L2b
  • Maximum speed of 25-50 kilometers per hour
  • Driver’s license and vehicle registration required
  • Helmet required
Category L3
  • e-Motorcycles
  • Drivers should wear motorcycle safety gear
  • Should have a valid driver’s license
Category L4
  • e-Tricycle
  • Three-wheeled vehicle
  • Helmet is not required
Category L5
  • e-Tricycle
  • Three-wheeled vehicle
  • Helmet is not required
Category L6
  • e-QUAD
  • Can travel on national highways but limited to the outermost lane of the road
Category L7
  • e-QUAD
  • Can travel on national highways but limited to the outermost lane of the road
Category M1 e-Car, e-SUV Similar to conventional counterparts
Category M2 e-Utility Vehicle, e-Jeepney Similar to conventional counterparts
Category M3 e-Bus Similar to conventional counterparts
Categories N1, N2, N3 e-truck Similar to conventional counterparts

If the proposal to exempt or reduce the MVUC fee for electric vehicles (EVs) gets approved, it could result in even greater savings for you as an EV owner. The Department of Energy has announced its intention to review the proposal, which may be included in the implementing rules and regulations of the Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act.

Proposed MVUC Rates as per House Bill 376

House Bill 376 seeks to amend the decades-old RA 8794, proposing an increase in the road user tax paid by vehicle owners in the Philippines. The bill received committee-level approval at the House of Representatives in July 2023.

If this proposal becomes law, MVUC rates for both private and government vehicles will rise progressively over time. Here are the proposed rates under HB 376:

Vehicle Type Gross Weight MVUC in 2023 MVUC in 2024 MVUC in 2025 MUV in 2026
Passenger cars Up to 1,600 kg ₱2,080 ₱2,560 ₱3,040 5% increase
Passenger cars 1,600 kg to 2,300 kg ₱4,680 ₱5,760 ₱6,840 5% increase
Passenger cars Over 2,300 kg ₱10,400 ₱12,800 ₱15,200 5% increase
Utility cars and SUVs Up to 4,500 kg ₱1.40 per kg ₱2.50 per kg ₱3.40 per kg 5% increase
Trucks, buses, and trailers Over 4,500 kg ₱1.40 per kg ₱2.50 per kg ₱3.40 per kg 5% increase

Additionally, according to this proposed measure, motorcycles and tricycles would receive an exemption from paying the tax, whereas hire vehicles would be eligible for a 50% discount.

Late Registration Penalty Fees by LTO

Registering your vehicle after the deadline set by the LTO incurs additional costs. Below is a breakdown of penalty fees for expired registration:

Delinquent Vehicle Registration Penalty Fee
Beyond the registration week (based on the middle digit of plate number)
  • Vehicles: ₱200
  • Motorcycles: ₱100
Beyond the registration month but not more than 12 months (based on the last digit of plate number) 50% of the MVUC rate
Beyond 12 months without apprehension for LTO violations 50% of the MVUC rate plus renewal
Beyond 12 months with apprehension for LTO violations 50% of the MVUC rate plus renewal for every year of delinquency

For further details on vehicle registration and renewal-related fees, please consult the official website and social media channels of the LTO.

Additional LTO Fees for Car Registration

Apart from the MVUC, other LTO fees contribute to the total amount payable for your car registration.

For instance, there is a separate fee for license plate applications. Moreover, modifications to certain vehicle components and changes in the registration location can also result in LTO fees.

It’s important to note that there is no fee for claiming vehicle license plates. LTO chief Vigor Mendoza II has cautioned motorists against individuals offering to claim license plates for ₱200.

LTO Fee Amount
Motor vehicle inspection fee
  • Vehicles with gross weight equal to or less than 4,500 kg: ₱90
  • Vehicles with a gross weight of more than 4,500 kg: ₱115
Legal research fund ₱10
Regular vehicle license plate ₱450
Motorcycle license plate ₱120
Sticker ₱50
License plate duplication/replacement ₱450
Vanity plate Up to ₱35,000
Change classification ₱150
Change body design ₱100
Change of venue of vehicle registration ₱100
Revision of gross vehicle weight ₱30
Transfer of vehicle ownership ₱50 per transfer

Driver’s License Application and Renewal Fees by LTO

Whether you’re applying for a new driver’s license or renewing your existing one, ensure you have the correct amount of money to cover the relevant LTO fee.

Transaction Total Fee
Student Permit ₱250
New driver’s license ₱685
Driver’s license renewal
  • Valid/unexpired: ₱585
  • Expired for 1 day to 1 year: ₱660
  • Expired for over 1 to 2 years: ₱735
  • Expired for over 2 years: ₱910
Duplicate valid license
  • Duplicate license only: ₱355
  • With a revision of records: ₱455
  • Student permit: ₱280
License code classification change
  • Valid non-pro to pro: ₱425
  • Valid pro to non-pro: ₱325
  • Expired non-pro to pro (and vice versa): ₱785 + penalty

LTO Fines for Violations

If you violate a traffic rule, you will incur a fine. Below is a compilation of LTO fines for common traffic violations in the Philippines:

Violation Fine
Driving without a valid driver’s license ₱3,000
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or dangerous drugs ₱50,000 to ₱500,000 plus possible confiscation of the driver’s license
Driving a motor vehicle used in the commission of a crime upon conviction by a regular court ₱10,000 plus confiscation of the driver’s license upon conviction
Reckless driving
  • First offense: ₱2,000
  • Second offense: ₱3,000
  • Subsequent offense: ₱10,000
Submission of fake documents in driver’s license application or renewal ₱20,000
No seat belt (including having a child passenger six years old and below on the front passenger seat)
  • First offense: ₱1,000
  • Second offense: ₱2,000
  • Third offense: ₱5,000
No motorcycle helmet
  • First offense: ₱1,500
  • Second offense: ₱3,000
  • Third offense: ₱5,000
  • Fourth and succeeding offenses: ₱10,000
No driver’s license, certificate of registration, or official receipt while driving ₱3,000
Traffic violations such as parking violations, disregarding traffic signs, illegal turns, illegal overtaking, and others listed under the Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 ₱1,000
Driving an unregistered vehicle ₱10,000
Unauthorized vehicle modification ₱5,000
Vehicle without or with defective/improper/unauthorized devices, accessories, parts, and equipment ₱5,000
License plate not attached or improperly attached ₱5,000
Smoke belching
  • First offense: ₱2,000
  • Second offense: ₱4,000
  • Third offense: ₱6,000
Vehicle registration/renewal fraud ₱3,000
All other violations in connection with motor vehicle registration/renewal/ operation ₱2,000

Strategies for Preventing Traffic Violations

Paying an LTO fine for a violation only compounds the frustration of navigating through typical traffic congestion. Here are steps to sidestep LTO violations, allowing you to reserve your funds for more critical expenditures.

Ensure You Always Have Your Valid Driver’s License and OR/CR

Your driver’s license serves as your primary authorization for operating a vehicle and accessing the nation’s roads and expressways. Never attempt to drive if your license has expired.
Additionally, verify that your car’s Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration (OR/CR) remain valid. These documents serve as evidence of your vehicle’s registration and ownership.

There’s no justification for leaving these documents at home or elsewhere. Always carry them whenever you venture out to drive.

Inspect for Any Damaged or Missing Vehicle Components

A malfunctioning brake system or defective lights can not only result in fines and penalties but also pose risks to others and yourself. Avoid incurring LTO fees by ensuring all your vehicle components are functioning correctly before hitting the road.

Adhere to Traffic Rules and Road Signs

Familiarize yourself with traffic regulations and the meanings of road signs to prevent driving errors. Traffic signs and road markings play a crucial role in alerting drivers and providing route information.

Drive at Appropriate Speeds

Public roads are not racetracks, so always adhere to speed limits. If you exceed the speed limit and encounter speed cameras, you’ll have no recourse but to pay the speeding fine.

Numerous LTO penalties often leave drivers feeling perplexed and exasperated. Unfortunately, little can be done except to settle the required fines. To avoid LTO fees and ensure smooth driving experiences, it’s crucial to be well-informed about the agency’s rules and regulations.

Adhering to traffic regulations and practicing safe, defensive driving can prevent fines. Timely renewal of your vehicle registration eliminates the need to pay LTO fees for late registration. Additionally, renewing your driver’s license before its expiration can save you from higher renewal costs associated with expired licenses.


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