Land Transportation Office waives penalties for expired licenses due to glitch in system

January 09, 2019
Driver's License

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) waived penalties for expired licenses due to glitches in its new online system for Metro Manila and Metro Davao wherein renewal offices will only accept medical certificates sent electronically by accredited doctors / clinics.

In a public advisory posted on the agency’s FaceBook account, the agency  advised drivers applying for a license that starting this week, some of its offices will only accept medical certificates submitted online by accredited clinics and doctors.

The LTO said the new policy also applies to drivers applying for student permits as well as those who are renewing their license.

The new system is part of effort of the agency to serve the public better and conform to the mandate of the law, Republic Act 11032, Ease of Doing Business and Efficency Delivery of Government Service Act of 2018 to automate transaction, we include the online medical certificate submission.

Memorandum Circular No. 2018-2157 on the Revised Guidelines for Medical Examination, Accreditation of Medical Clinics and Registration of Physicians relative to the issuance of medical certificates, student drivers permits and drivers and condoctor’s license applicants was implemented in LTO-National Capital Region, January 7, 2019.

With the new project, there are system glitches and although we trained the doctors on the use of biometric examination and uploading results in LTO system, it takes time be familiar with its use,” said the LTO in its statement.

The policy will also be implemented in Regions 5, 4A, 4B, 7 on Monday, January 14. It will take effect on Jan. 21 in Regions 6 and 9; in Regions 1, 2 and 3 on Jan. 28; and in Regions 10, 8, Cordillera Administrative Region and CARAGA on Feb. 4.

People applying for a license, however, said the LTO should have accredited more clinics and doctors first before rolling out the new system.

“Damihan pa ang mga doctors na accredited,” said an applicant.