The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will no longer require a stencil of the engine and chassis numbers in the plain renewal of vehicle registrations.
In a memorandum circular dated May 22, signed by LTO’s former chief Jose Arturo Tugade, the agency said this is meant to streamline the processes of the agency in accordance with the Ease of Doing Business Act.
Although some requirements were removed, a physical inspection of the vehicle is still required to verify if the details on the certificate of registration such as the plate number and model match the unit itself, as well as to assess the roadworthiness of the unit.
The LTO’s move was met with mixed reactions. Some said this would lessen the time it takes to renew the registration, while others said they have some reservations over it.
According to LTO’s National Capital Region officer in charge Hanz Lim, the memorandum circular applies to all if it is only a plain renewal.
“Plain renewal [means] there’s no additional miscellaneous transaction [such as] a transfer of ownership,” said Lim.