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        This is how the new LTO certificate of registration looks like

        Will the previously issued CRs be recalled?
        by Aris Ilagan Aug 27, 2021
        PHOTO: Grace Rojas/LTO

        The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has stepped up efforts to improve its services by introducing reforms in processing transactions with motorists.

        The agency has recently issued a new certificate of registration (CR), which is legal proof of vehicle ownership. Not only is the new CR bigger in terms of paper size, it also comes with a few format changes. LTO Sorsogon District Office chief Grace Rojas shared images of the updated form online:

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        “LTO updates for everyone. Ito po yung bagong Certificate of Registration (that is) being issued by the LTO under its new LTMS (Land Transportation Management System). Marami po kasing nagtatanong if legit yan. Yan po yung new design/feature ng CR/Cerficate of Registration,” Rojas wrote.

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        For decades, we’ve been used to the small, yellow LTO CRs that become brown and brittle as time passes. The new vehicle registration form is printed out using the LTMS, an online service system that simplifies and speeds up the transaction process.

        Applicants for student permit and driver’s license renewal also need to register their LTO account using the LTMS first and foremost.

        Going back, the new CR will indicate the vehicle category designation, vehicle identification number (VIN), vehicle type, and vehicle classification (private or public utility vehicle). In the case of electric vehicles, the maximum power capacity will also be shown using kilowatts as the standard unit of measurement.

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        At the bottom part of the document is a bar code that provides the vehicle and owner information, which can be obtained using optical scanners.

        Roja’s post did fail to mention if the LTO will order the recall of previously issued CRs, so the vehicle owner can be issued the new one upon renewal of the unit’s registration. Also, does the updated form have security features like holograms or paper marks to protect it against possible tampering?

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        If anything, the new CR definitely looks cleaner and more presentable than the previous document. Do you think so, too?

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        PHOTO: Grace Rojas/LTO

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