The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Friday announced it extended the validity of driver’s licenses expiring later this month to the end of October this year.
“All holders of driver’s license cards expiring 24 April 2023 onwards shall no longer be required to renew their licenses until October 31, 2023 or as soon as the driver’s license cards become available for distribution to the public,” LTO chief Jay Art Tugade said in a memorandum dated April 21, 2023.
“Further, all penalties for late renewal transactions shall be waived,” Tugade said.
The LTO’s latest move was made amidst the supply shortage of plastic cards needed to make driver’s licenses.
On Thursday, the LTO announced it would print out drivers' licenses on paper due to the shortage of plastic cards.
“Nagdesisyon ang LTO na gawin ang hakbang na ito dahil ayaw namin ng dagdag na abala sa ating mga motorista. Makakaasa ang publiko na marami pa pong mga hakbang ang LTO para sa kapakanan ng publiko,” Tugade said.
(The LTO decided to do this because we do not want to add more burden to our motorists. Rest assured that the LTO is doing everything for the benefit of the public.)
The LTO chief said the agency is hoping that the Department of Transportation is fast-tracking the procurement of license cards to hasten the printing and distribution to drivers waiting to get hold of their driver’s licenses.
All law enforcement agencies were advised to recognize the validity of driver’s licenses expiring starting April 24, 2023. — DVM, GMA Integrated News