The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has officially announced the start of the long-awaited distribution of plastic cards for driver’s licenses. These cards have now been delivered to various LTO offices across the country, allowing for the replacement of expired licenses.
LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II made this announcement and detailed the schedule for drivers to visit their local LTO offices for license renewal. The rollout schedule applies to all drivers whose licenses expired between April 1 and September 30 of this year.
To manage the renewal process efficiently and avoid congestion in LTO offices, a structured renewal schedule has been established:
- Drivers whose licenses expired in April 2023 can renew their licenses from October 6 to October 31.
- Those with licenses that expired in May will have the entire month of November for renewal.
- Licenses that expired in June can be renewed in December.
- For licenses that expired in July, renewal is scheduled for January 2024.
- Licenses that expired in August can be renewed in February.
- Lastly, licenses that expired in September should be renewed in March.
Failure to renew a driver’s license within the prescribed timeframe will render the license expired.
Assistant Secretary Mendoza reiterated that driver’s licenses that expired on April 1 onwards but were not renewed due to the plastic card shortage are automatically extended until their designated renewal schedule. Drivers with paper licenses need only visit their local LTO office and present the receipt of their payment for the issuance of their plastic driver’s license.
Assistant Secretary Mendoza encouraged the public to follow the renewal schedule and emphasized that the entire renewal process would take only 15 minutes, ensuring a smooth and efficient experience for all drivers.