Updated on October 26, 2022

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LTO car registration, driver’s license, and violation fees – Driving your own vehicle has many advantages, without a doubt.

However, there are typically fees associated with dealing with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), whether it be for registering a vehicle, applying for or renewing a driver’s license, or paying a fine for breaking a traffic law.

For more on the topic, you may also be interested in:
Guide to LTO Car Registration Renewal
How to Get a Drivers License in the Philippines
Philippines List of LTO Violations and Penalty Fees

Every car owner in the Philippines has to deal with the reality of becoming familiar with each LTO fee.

The LTO office’s shock at the amount you have to pay is worse than having to part with your cash, though.

If you are aware of the precise LTO fee that you will be charged in advance, unpleasant surprises like this can be avoided.

This will also spare you from having to wait in lengthy lines and endure payment processes that move more slowly due to a lack of staff.

Take note of these LTO fees before going to the nearby LTO branch.

For more on the topic, you may also be interested in:
List of every LTO branch in Metro Manila

LTO Car Registration Fees

Reports regarding the Department of Finance’s proposal to raise the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge surfaced in August 2018. (MVUC).

The Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program and road safety were intended to receive about ₱9 billion in funding thanks to House Bill No. 6136, which was approved by the House of Representatives in 2020.

Additionally, the proposal calls for a 5% increase in all MVUC rates starting in 2023.

MUVC Rates for Car Registration

According to vehicle type and gross weight, the following table shows the MVUC rates for private cars in the Philippines.

You will first need to pay ₱240 for motorcycle registration and ₱300 if your motorcycle has a sidecar.

Vehicle Type: Light passenger cars
Gross Weight: Up to 1,600 kg
MVUC: ₱1,600


Vehicle Type: Medium passenger cars
Gross Weight: 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg
MVUC: ₱3,600


Vehicle Type: Heavy passenger cars
Gross Weight: 2,301 kg and above
MVUC: ₱8,000


Vehicle Type: Utility vehicles
Gross Weight: Up to 2,700 kg
MVUC: ₱2,000


Vehicle Type: Utility vehicles
Gross Weight: 2,701 kg to 4,500 kg
MVUC: ₱2,000 + 0.40 x gross weight in excess of 2,700 kg


Vehicle Type: SUVs (1991 models and above)
Gross Weight: Up to 2,700 kg
MVUC: ₱2,300


Vehicle Type: SUVs (1991 models and above)
Gross Weight: 2,701 kg to 4,500 kg
MVUC: ₱2,300 + 0.46 x gross weight in excess of 2,700 kg


Vehicle Type: Motorcycles without sidecar
Gross Weight: N/A
MVUC: ₱240


Vehicle Type: Motorcycles with sidecar
Gross Weight: N/A
MVUC: ₱300


Vehicle Type: Trucks
Gross Weight: 4,501 kg and above
MVUC: ₱1,800 + 0.24 x gross weight in excess of 2700 kg


Vehicle Type: Trailers
Gross Weight: 4,501 kg and above
MVUC: 0.24 x gross vehicle weight

MVUC Rates for Electric Vehicles

The LTO released its guidelines for the classification, use, and registration of electric motor vehicles last year, despite the fact that it may appear that their use is not yet fully regulated.

The table of registration fees is provided below for the benefit of drivers and owners of electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicles: Category L2b
Description: Maximum speed of 25-50 kilometers per hour; Driver’s license and vehicle registration required; Helmet required
MVUC Rate: ₱240 – same as motorcycle without sidecar


Electric Vehicles: Category L3
Description: e-Motorcycles; Drivers should wear motorcycle safety gear; Should have a valid driver’s license
MVUC Rate: ₱240 – same as motorcycle without sidecar


Electric Vehicles: Category L4
Description: e-Tricycle; Three-wheeled vehicle; Helmet is not required
MVUC Rate: ₱300 – same as a motorcycle with a sidecar


Electric Vehicles: Category L5
Description: e-Tricycle; Three-wheeled vehicle; Helmet is not required
MVUC Rate: ₱1,600 – similar to light passenger cars


Electric Vehicles: Category L6
Description: e-QUAD; Can travel on national highways but limited to the outermost lane of the road
MVUC Rate: ₱1,600 – similar to light passenger cars


Electric Vehicles: Category L7
Description: e-QUAD; Can travel on national highways but limited to the outermost lane of the road
MVUC Rate: ₱1,600 – similar to light passenger cars


Electric Vehicles: Category M1
Description: e-Car; e-SUV
MVUC Rate: Similar to conventional counterparts

LTO charges a different set of MVUC rates for aged private cars (the model year 2000 and older):

Vehicle Type: Light passenger cars (1995-2000 models)
Gross Weight: Up to 1,600 kg
MVUC: ₱2,000


Vehicle Type: Light passenger cars (1994 and older models)
Gross Weight: Up to 1,600 kg
MVUC: ₱1,400


Vehicle Type: Medium passenger cars (1997-2000 models)
Gross Weight: 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg
MVUC: ₱6,000


Vehicle Type: Medium passenger cars (1995 and 1996 models)
Gross Weight: 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg
MVUC: ₱4,800


Vehicle Type: Medium passenger cars (1994 and older models)
Gross Weight: 1,601 kg to 2,300 kg
MVUC: ₱2,400


Vehicle Type: Heavy passenger cars (1995-2000 models)
Gross Weight: 2,301 kg and above
MVUC: ₱12,000


Vehicle Type: Heavy passenger cars (1994 and older models)
Gross Weight: 2,301 kg and above
MVUC: ₱5,600

Other LTO Fees for Car Registration

The total cost for your car’s registration may increase due to additional LTO fees in addition to the MVUC.

For instance, the license plate has a separate cost. An LTO fee may be incurred even if you alter some components of your car or where it is registered.

LTO Fee: Private motor vehicle inspection center (MVIC) fee
Amount: Vehicles with gross weight equal to or less than 4,500 kg: ₱1,800; Motorcycles: ₱600


LTO Fee: Legal research fund
Amount: ₱10


LTO Fee: Computer fee
Amount: ₱67.63


LTO Fee: Examination fee
Amount: ₱100


LTO Fee: Regular vehicle license plate
Amount: ₱450


LTO Fee: Motorcycle license plate
Amount: ₱120


LTO Fee: Cost of sticker
Amount: ₱50


LTO Fee: License plate duplication/replacement
Amount: ₱450


LTO Fee: Vanity plate
Amount: Select Edition: ₱10,000; Premium Edition: ₱15,000


LTO Fee: Change classification/chassis/color/engine/tire size
Amount: ₱30


LTO Fee: Change body design
Amount: ₱100


LTO Fee: Change of venue of vehicle registration
Amount: ₱100


LTO Fee: Revision of gross vehicle weight
Amount: ₱30


LTO Fee: Transfer of vehicle ownership
Amount: ₱50 per transfer

LTO Penalty for Late Registration

If you register your vehicle after the LTO’s cutoff date, you will pay more. The following is a list of LTO late registration fees:

Delinquent Vehicle Registration: Beyond the registration week (based on the middle digit of the plate number)
Penalty Fee: Vehicles: ₱200; Motorcycles: ₱100


Delinquent Vehicle Registration: Beyond the registration month but not more than 12 months (based on the last digit of the plate number)
Penalty Fee: 50% of the MVUC rate


Delinquent Vehicle Registration: Beyond 12 months without apprehension for LTO violations
Penalty Fee: 50% of the MVUC rate plus renewal


Delinquent Vehicle Registration: Beyond 12 months with apprehension for LTO violations
Penalty Fee: 50% of the MVUC rate plus renewal for every year of delinquency

For more details on fees associated with vehicle registration and renewal, visit the LTO website.

LTO Fees for Driver’s License Application and Renewal

Are you requesting a new driver’s license? or extending your current license? Make sure you have the right amount with you to pay the right LTO fee.

Transaction: Student permit application
Total Fee: ₱317.63


Transaction: Driver’s license application (professional/non-professional)
Total Fee: ₱689


Transaction: Driver’s license renewal (professional/non-professional
Total Fee: Valid license: ₱585; ₱660 for license expired for one day to one year; ₱735 for license expired for one to two years; ₱910 for license expired for over two years


Transaction: Dormant license renewal (professional/non-professional)
Total Fee: ₱1,045.26


Transaction: License classification change request
Total Fee: Valid non-professional to professional (and vice versa): ₱425; Expired non-professional to professional (and vice versa): ₱785 + penalty

For more details on fees associated with obtaining a driver’s license, visit the LTO website.

LTO Violation Fees

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You will be fined if you violate a traffic law. The following is a list of all LTO fines for frequent traffic infractions in the Philippines:

Violation: Driving without a valid driver’s license
Fine: ₱3,000


Violation: Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or dangerous drugs
Fine: Confiscation of the driver’s license on the first offense and lifetime revocation for the second offense


Violation: Driving a motor vehicle used in the commission of a crime upon conviction by a regular court
Fine: ₱10,000


Violation: Reckless driving
Fine: First offense: ₱2,000; Second offense: ₱3,000; Subsequent offense: ₱10,000


Violation: Submission of fake documents in driver’s license application or renewal
Fine: ₱3,000


Violation: No seat belt (including having a child passenger six years old and below on the front passenger seat)
Fine: First offense: ₱1,000; Second offense: ₱2,000; Third offense: ₱5,000


Violation: No motorcycle helmet
Fine: First offense: ₱1,500; Second offense: ₱3,000; Third offense: ₱5,000; Fourth and succeeding offenses: ₱10,000


Violation: No driver’s license, certificate of registration, or official receipt while driving
Fine: ₱1,000


Violation: Traffic violations such as parking violations, disregarding traffic signs, illegal turns, illegal overtaking, and others listed under the Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01
Fine: ₱1,000


Violation: Driving an unregistered vehicle
Fine: ₱10,000


Violation: Unauthorized vehicle modification
Fine: ₱5,000


Violation: Vehicle without or with defective/improper/unauthorized devices, accessories, parts, and equipment
Fine: ₱5,000


Violation: License plate not attached or improperly attached
Fine: ₱5,000


Violation: Smoke belching
Fine: First offense: ₱2,000; Second offense: ₱4,000; Third offense: ₱6,000


Violation: Vehicle registration/renewal fraud
Fine: ₱3,000


Violation: All other violations in connection with motor vehicle registration/renewal/ operation
Fine: ₱2,000

How to Avoid LTO Violations

Most car owners are getting ready to get back on the road now that the nation is gradually preparing for the new normal.

However, paying an LTO fee for your infractions only makes already painful traffic congestion worse.

Following are some steps you can take to prevent LTO violations and save your money for more significant costs.

1. Make Sure to Have Your Valid Driver’s License with You

Your driver’s license is your primary access card for using a car and traveling on the nation’s highways.

Don’t try to drive if your driver’s license is expired. Leaving it at home or elsewhere is not acceptable. Anytime you decide to get in your car and drive, you should bring it with you.

Additionally, you must confirm the legitimacy of the Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration (OR/CR) for your vehicle.

These two documents, which serve as proof of vehicle ownership and registration, add to the legitimacy of your driving experience.

2. Check for Any Damaged or Missing Vehicle Parts

Your broken brakes or lights could harm you, other people, and the environment in addition to resulting in fines and penalties. If you make sure every component of your vehicle is in working order, you can avoid having to pay any LTO fees.

3. Follow the Traffic Rules and Road Signs

Driving errors can be avoided by understanding the meaning of road signs. Road signs and traffic signs are crucial for warning drivers and providing directions.

4. Drive at a Moderate Speed

Always drive at a reasonable speed and obey posted speed limits because public roads are not intended for racing.

You are forced to pay the overspeeding fine if there are speed cameras and you are driving too fast.

For more on the topic, you may also be interested in:
Drivers License Renewal: Applying, Read This Guide First
➡ How to Use the LTO Portal in the Philippines – A User’s Guide

Final Thoughts

Several LTO penalties have drivers scratching their heads in frustration and confusion. But aside from making the necessary payments, little can be done.

Not only will be aware of the agency’s rules and regulations to prevent you from having to pay the LTO fee, but it will also guarantee that you drive without incident.

To avoid being fined, follow the rules of the road and drive defensively and safely.

Additionally, renew your vehicle’s registration on time to avoid paying an LTO late registration fee.

Last but not least, do not wait until your license has expired to renew it because it will cost you more.

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