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LTO Penalty for Unregistered Motor Vehicle or Expired Registration (Apprehended)

If you're apprehended by an LTO (Land Transportation Office) Officer or traffic enforcer in the Philippines with a violation of "unregistered MV or motor vehicle", you are going to pay a penalty worth Php 10,000 (around $227). Even if the registration (Certificate of Registration) or Official Receipt (OR) of the Registration has been expired, LTO will still charge you a violation of "unregistered MV".
LTO Penalty
According to an LTO Office Representative,
-If you only failed to carry the valid  OR/CR  (not yet expired), the penalty is Php1,000. 
-If you are operating it but unregistered for the current year, and you are also the owner of subject vehicle, the penalty is Php10,000.00, and Your license will not be released until your motorcycle is properly registered." 
If an LTO officer or Traffic enforcer found out that you have no registration or has expired Official Receipt of the Latest Registration, you will be issued a Temporary Operator's Permit (TOP) and your driver's license will be confiscated. Worst, if you have no driver's license, your motorcycle, car or vehicle will be impounded. This TOP in pink copy is your temporary driver's license. You can use this TOP for only 3 days. So, you must settle your charges to the LTO office to get back your driver's license.

Actions of Other Drivers

  • When LTO officers or Traffic enforcers are conducting a checkpoint operation on the road, some drivers will turn their vehicle back around to avoid the checkpoint and this makes them escape any charges for violation they may commit.
  • Some other drivers are personally negotiating the traffic officer and give them an amount of money in exchange for letting them avoid the big penalties to be paid in the LTO office.


  • Every time you ride your motorcycle or car, you must bring the updated or current OR (Official Receipt) of the Registration and of course your driver's license in order to avoid penalty.
  • Have a photocopy (xerox copy) of your OR or CR. In case of loss of the original copy of OR or CR, you have a photocopy that you can present to the LTO officers or Traffic enforcers.
  • Follow the traffic laws.

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Total comments : 43
Jarene   (19 February 2019 8:18 PM)

Pano po pag expired lang yung or? Magkano ibabayad?

Briomher   (15 February 2019 10:41 PM)

Sir magkanu penalty if ipa registere ko ang motor this year at na 3years syang xpire...

Salamat po.

Febbielyn ignacio   (12 February 2019 7:05 AM)

Good day po...ask ko lng po kasi bmli asawa ko ng 2nd hand na motor tpos my oroginal cr or at deed of sale pero nakapangalan pa din sa unang owner then 5 yrs na din di narerehstro ibig ba sabin nyan 10k pa sin bbyran nmin bago marehistro

oliver   (14 August 2018 10:51 AM)

Good day maam!

i bought this car last 2016 local unit in cebu but was not been transfer and renew until 2018 mag 2 yrs this october na walang pa na transfer i have complete notirized dead of sale .. how much the cost

waiting for response

thank youi

Aifred A. Aponte   (05 June 2018 3:11 AM)


Paano poh pag bagaong bili ang motorcycle sir di pa poh ba pwede magagamit? or my penalty din poh ba un?

Beverly rafael   (11 May 2018 8:33 PM)

Ask lng po magknu po magagastus if ung car po is unregistered over 3years or 2years. And ung papalipat sa name ng buyer from real.owner thank you po
Have a nice day

Mitch   (29 April 2018 11:43 PM)

Good morning po. Magkano po lahat gagastusin kung paregister ung motor na last registration is jan 2008??

Please help po para mabudget pangrenew

JOSE SAN JOSE REBULADO JR   (25 April 2018 5:22 PM)

ang huling rehistro ko ay May 5 2016 so NAEXPIRED SIYA NUONG mAY 2017 ANO PO

almar cena   (14 April 2018 9:37 AM)

magkano po ang bayad sa 8 years na di narenew ang rehistro sa motor cycle?

arman   (11 April 2018 9:07 PM)

magkano po ba pag expired na sya ng 4 years

Raymond Keith Acub Carrera   (17 March 2018 12:12 PM)

Magkano po lahat ang babayaran sa expired motorcycle ng 7 years if iparehistro?.

MICHAEL ADARME   (03 March 2018 9:54 AM)

magkano po ang bayad sa 8 years na di narerehistro ang motor

Pete   (16 February 2018 5:25 AM)

What if I am already at LTO office to register a motor vehicle with expired registration, will they penalized me with 1,000 pesos?

Emma Ruth Echalico   (30 January 2018 7:18 AM)

good day po! ask ko lang po kung pwede pa irenew ang motorcycle if ang last registration po eh april 30, 2008 pa?

Ferdinand de la cruz   (28 December 2017 5:47 PM)

Good day, Sir/mam... Ask ko lang po kung magkano po ang pa-renew ng 7yrs expired na rehistro? Magkano po ba ang penalty bawat 1yr expired...Sana po may Pumansin at Sagutin ang tanong ko gusto ko kasi malaman kung magkano ang magagastos ko... Para hindi ako maghirapan magdisisyon kung bibilhin ko si motor na binebenta saken o, hindi na... Salamat po..

Jerovin torio   (02 December 2017 2:03 PM)

Magkanu po penalty ng motor kung unregistered ng 1 year,
Salamat po

Mark T. Magcalas   (22 November 2017 12:47 PM)

magkano po penalty ng 2 years unregister sa motorcycle?

Christian   (08 September 2017 7:41 AM)

My motorcycle was impound on January just this year. No papers to be shown to traffic since that motorcycle was just given to me. No registration, no O.R etc. I also don't have drivers license. My question is, could i still have it? How much do I have to pay?

Camille   (06 September 2017 5:39 PM)

Bakit po ang mahal ng penalty if nahuli ang MV sa daan na expired ang rehistro?
Tanong Lang po ..if magbayad nga ng 10thou sa penalty ,kasama na po ba dyan ang pagrenew ng rehistro?

Noel Perez   (20 August 2017 10:45 AM)

Nasira po yung car namin first quarter ng 2010 at na stock na lang po sa garahe. Now pa lang napaayos. Ask ko lang po magkano po ang magiging penalties. Salamat po.

aristy aviles   (15 August 2017 9:07 PM)

paano po kung nahuli ka na papunta ka sa emission testing center para irenew registration ng sasakyan?? may charge pa rin ba un?

ma.Irene almenanza   (05 July 2017 11:10 AM)

Good day po...ask lang po kung within 30 days ng pag baba ng desisyon ng franchise para sa puj eh di po namin agad marenew ang rehistro ng unit,ano pong possible na violation at magkano po ang penalty..thank you and godbless

Shannon Bansuan   (04 July 2017 12:24 PM)

Good afternoon po. I ask a question po regarding my own case. I was caugh 3 years ago and was not able to settle it as soon as possible. Do i stil have a chance po ba to settle it now to get my license back? Please answer. Thank you very much and more power. God bless.

Jimbert A. Mancia   (20 June 2017 12:26 PM)

Hi good afternoon. I bought a second hand motor vehicle from cebu city with an expired registration for about 1 year and 3 months. So how much is my penalty? Your response is highly expected. Thank you!☺️

Anna Maria Young   (05 April 2017 10:58 AM)

Hi Good afternoon.I just bought s second hand motor vehicle from Dumaguete with an expired registration what is your recomendation?
Thank you and hoping for your kind response.


Anna Maria D.Young.

angel Paulo   (09 March 2017 3:00 PM)

I plan to retire my old scooter for 1 year beacause i already have a new one, but i plan to use my old scooter again after a year how do i register it with out being apprehended since there are many checkpoints in our area? thanks! : )

Jemar C. Bugas   (10 September 2016 8:17 PM)

Is it valid for the LTO checkpoint a for registration MV a purchase copy of travel certificate and sales invoice coming from the motor dealer?/

Jo   (31 August 2016 12:06 PM)

Good day! What does penalty on the Official Receipt of first Motorcycle registration stand for?

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Can   (24 August 2016 7:29 AM)

i owned a car is second hand just this year and expired almost 5 years. how much the cost of penalty and renewal for 5 year non register.

juan   (01 June 2016 12:31 PM)

what if the date of your registration is June but you accidentally register in march same year what will happen? you consider it advance or you will register back again in june?

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