If you bought a motorcycle here in the Philippines, the seller or distributor usually processes the 1st registration for you and the registration will be good for a year. After that one, once it’s close to its expiry date it’s your duty to renew your motorcycle. The problem is: during your renewal usually your motorcycle still doesn’t have an assigned plate number and still using the MV file number.

The requirements are simple, and you probably saw this list while you are searching on how to renew your motorcycle or on the LTO website itself. But for your convenience, I will still list it down for you below (source: LTO).

  • CTPL Insurance Policy or additional insurance that you want or in LTO website ” Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover (COC) “
  • Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
  • Photocopy of Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt of payment
  • Certificate of Emission Compliance (CEC)
  • Taxpayer’s Identification Number

My Challenge

I read from other blog sites about the Compulsory Third Party Liability Insurance or CTPL insurance that ML or Cebuana Lhuillier is offering. So far it’s affordable and convenient insurance for me since Cebuana and ML are almost everywhere besides the fact that it’s around 300 pesos only.

When to renew?

However, when I applied for it, the teller informed me that they can only provide this insurance to those who have plate numbers assigned/available or at least “uploaded” in LTO’s system. I got confused, the latter is obvious and easy to understand since I don’t have that plate number yet even after a year while the former which is the “upload” term got me puzzled. What do they mean by “uploaded”? Is it not LTO’s responsibility to do that “upload” in at least real-time when there’s a new registration?

Anyway, if you know the answer why, please let me know and feel free to comment down under this post. This is my first time to renew a motor vehicle and the acquisition of insurance was the challenging part.

Because I don’t know another insurance provider for vehicles in my area, I decided to go to the LTO office in JCenter Mall.

LTO Satellite Office: JCenter Mall

For those who are not in Cebu, some items of this section may not be applicable to you. Please go to the nearest LTO office in your area and let me know down in the comment section of your experience.

In my case, the closest and convenient LTO office for me is the JCenter Mall in Mandaue City, Cebu. So, I went to this office because I’m certain that they have an approved or affiliated requirements provider like clinics, insurance, emission testing, etcetera. Somehow it provides convenience but it is also kind’a questionable because of the monopoly going on. I don’t know if this is true to all LTO offices, please share it down the comment section about your observation. Well, I just hope that they will have more approved and recognized requirements providers nearby. Though I heard that they will have a new office soon which is more of a compound and probably in that way they can house more affiliated requirements providers.

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Please note that you can still go to your favorite or preferred requirements provider offices just make sure that they are approved by LTO.

For a first-timer like me, the closest one in their office is the most ideal one, though they offer a little pricey CTPL insurance compare to Cebuana. It’s just weird that they are not requiring “upload” and MV file number is fine. Anyway, at the end of the day, what’s important is you have that CTPL insurance policy and document to submit.

The next stop is the emission testing, there’s a center located behind the mall, close to the jeepney terminal. The emission testing is around 300 pesos for motorcycles and 60 pesos for the stencil. Note, after you’re done with the emission testing immediately go to the neighboring area (just right beside the emission testing center), it’s the LTO’s Inspection Center. Informed the officer then fill-out the form, in the form, paste there the stencil of the chassis and the machine number.


After all the requirements were completed, I went back to the office and submitted my papers. It was Wednesday and very few were applying for the registration. It took me 10 minutes of waiting before I was called by the cashier to pay for the registration. I paid around 500 pesos then the cashier gave me the Official Receipt (OR) and sticker.

If it’s your first time to renew and you also don’t have a plate number assigned yet. Better to directly go to the nearest LTO office and see if there are nearby affiliated insurance providers, it may be pricey but once you will have your own plate number probably next year you can avail ML or Cebuana’s CTPL insurance.

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25 thoughts on “How to Renew Motorcycle Registration without Plate Number

  1. Boss karun covid man nipalit kog secondhand motorcycle nya first registration nya is September 30,2019 dn sa iyang or Kay ua pay plate number ASA nakuh mabaw an iyang expiration date f ua pay plate number??maapil pa ba ni cya sa extension sa LTO registration

    1. hmm.. i think better ask lang sa LTO officer para ila ma check.. naa mana siya MV diba? mostly pag wala pa plate number kay MV man ang gamiton.. kung ang Sept.30 kay wala ra mga penalty then i follow sa lang na nga date.. pero best advice is check with LTO officer sa office

  2. Saan mag babase ang pag renew ng registration mo kung wala ka pang plate? Sa MV file ba? O sa date kung kelan ka registered last year?

  3. paano po malalaman kung nakaregister na yong motor na bago? at kung may mv file na,mag 1month na sya ngyon jan. 8.

    1. yung sa akin it took 4mons bago ko nakuha yung registration.. may ibibigay na documents ang seller sa iyo pag registered na ang vehicle just keep in touch with them

  4. Sir salamat sa information, bahin sa requirements. Bag o lng pod nag 1yr akoa mc from yamaha, after 6months nko nakuha or/cr photocopy ug temp plate, so same situation wala pay plat number gyud! Pangutana sir, posible ba nga pwedi ra si yamaha lng ghapon muprocess sa registration nya mubayad lng ka sa ilaha?, total installment man ang mc nako for 3yrs. Pila sumada total sir sa imong pag process sa renew?

    1. depende ra na sa ilaha sir pero most likely dili na sila mosugot.. kay ang first registration ra na sila usually mo process, mas maayo sab ikaw mo process kay dali ra, depende sa office makuha na nimo imo new registration half day ra.. pag andam lang 1K, mag depende na sa emission center ug insurance kay sa LTO around 500 or 600 raman tingali

      1. Hi Gino, you can ask the LTO for your temporary plate number this will allow you to get your COC for authentication. I am an insurance guy so I know how it works even for your car. You should first check all the market who has the lowest price. Currently now I’m connected to a broker who cater digital platform for any type of insurance CTPL Comprehensive PA Health. If you have some question you can ask me.

  5. Feb.20,2020 nregister motor ko,valid p dn b un registration til end of february 2021???or hangang feb.20,2021 lng un validity nya?MV file number p lng dn hawak ko

    1. hindi po kung kailan na register ang basihan sa renewal kasi pwede naman po na late na register or 1mon advance.. ang basehan po ay ang last digit or number ng MVfile mo or plate number kung meron na.. example kung ang last digit is 4 therefore every April ka magpaparenew ng registration though pwede naman 1mon advance

    2. in addition, baka magtaka ka kung bakit may penalty ka kahit within the assigned month ka nag renew.. may “deadline” week kasi and it is determined by the second number from last digit ng MV file or plate number
      below is the weekly deadline per 2nd from the last number (example if 5 is 2nd from last digit thus yung deadline mo is till 2nd week of that month lang)
      Week 1 = 1 2 3
      Week 2 = 4 5 6
      Week 3 = 7 8
      Week 4 = 9

      1. Just to confirm, registration using MV File is same rule in registration using Plate number, pertaining to its last digit?
        Thank you and respect.

  6. good morning. unsay basehan sa next na renewal ang cr date ki mar 3 2020 unya nag renew karon sa or feb 16 2021.. so pagka next year. unsa na date basehaN?

    1. ang basehan kay ang last number sa plate number or MV file.. if the last digit or number of your MVfile or plate number is 3 therefore you will renew it every March though you can renew 1mon in advance

    2. in addition, baka magtaka ka kung bakit may penalty ka kahit within the assigned month ka nag renew.. may “deadline” week kasi and it is determined by the second number from last digit ng MV file or plate number
      below is the weekly deadline per 2nd from the last number (example if 5 is 2nd from last digit thus yung deadline mo is till 2nd week of that month lang)
      Week 1 = 1 2 3
      Week 2 = 4 5 6
      Week 3 = 7 8
      Week 4 = 9


    1. every year po tayo magpaparenew tapos yung month of the year po is based sa last digit ng MV file or if meron kanang plate number last digit ng plate number.. in your case which is 4 therefore every April ka po magpaparenew.. also kung ayaw mo magkapenalty dapat within specified week of the month ka din.. malalaman mo naman yan base sa 2nd digit from the last number ng MVfile.. bali ang katabi ng 4..
      so kung 2 example “… 24” yung last 2 digit ng MVFile so 1st week of April ka magpaparenew

  8. Hi Sir, ask lang ko kay ang last digit sa akong MV file is 3 then basi nimo ang mv file or plate no. last digit ang basihan sa renewal. but last ko nag pa renew is ang akong gisunod is ang posted date sa OR which is october 25 2019. na renew man akong motor with-out any penalties. kay if base sa last digit akoa 3 so march but nag pa renew ko is october na which is mao naka indicate sa akong OR posted date. then wala man lagi ko penalty?

    1. yes sir mao na giingon sa akoa sa LTO kato nag pa renew ko 1st.. mao nagka penalty ko ato kay abi nako August pa (release date) pero ang gitan-aw kay ang MV man 😔 pero basin nasulod ka ato mga extensions sir because of COVID last year.. pero kung recent lang, wala ko balita kung may extention of validity pa ba karon basta ako gina sunod na permi kay ang MV kung when ko pa renew

  9. Sir mangutana ko..akoa motor bag o lng last january 2021. Dn na register sia last january 26,2021..dayon with plate number na siya sa orcr.pero ingun nila paso na daw akoa OR kay lge 7 ang dulo.need nba naku mag pa register ulit?dba mao pamay pagregister ani akoa motor?salamat sa sagot daan sir.

    1. kinsa mana imo pasabot na “sila” taga LTO jud? i ask lang sa LTO maam kung unsa jud kay kung ang traffic enforcer na mutan-aw para sa ila i think paso jud xa kay mao man ila basihan..

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