‘No more paper-printed driver’s license’ as LTO secures delivery of 4M plastic cards

THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) will no longer issue a paper-printed driver license as it was able to secure around four million plastic cards that is more than enough to wipe out the backlog on driver’s license as well as the current daily usage through new application and renewal. 

This development came as the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has elevated to the Court of Appeals the injunction order issued by the Quezon City court in connection with the delivery of the remaining 3.3 million plastic cards that were procured early this year.

“The delivery of these four million plastic cards is enough to address both the backlog and the daily usage through application and renewal of driver’s license,” said Mendoza.

“So we would like to announce to our clients, to the Filipino people na wala ng lisensyang papel! Balik-plastic na lisensya na tayo!,” he added. 

If the Court of Appeals would rule in favor of the OSG petition, Mendoza said this would mean additional 3.3 million plastic cards on top of the four million plastic cards that are expected to be delivered starting next month.

“Itong four million plastic cards na ito ay parang maagang pa-Pasko sa ating mga motorista na nagtiyaga sa lisensyang papel. Hopefully, Valentine’s Day gift na rin sa ating mga kababayang motorista yun namang 3.3 million na plastic cards na hindi natuloy yung delivery dahil sa injunction,” said Mendoza. 

Since he assumed the top LTO post, Mendoza silently worked hard to address the backlog on millions of driver’s licenses which is one of the major problems that he encountered in Day One of his appointment, along with the backlog on license plates. 

“This is really good news for all of us. And we in the LTO are very happy that everything is coming together na. We are back on the right track,” said Mendoza.  

“And we are likewise happy that under the administration of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos ay maa-address natin ang backlog na yan sa driver’s license na yan.”

 “Kaya sa pagpunta ng ating mga kababayan para mag-apply at mag-renew ng kanilang driver’s license. Hindi na sila mangangamba nab aka ang ma-issue sa kanila ay papel na lisensya. Wala na po yan, lahat ay magkakaroon na ng plastic na driver’s license,” he added. 

On license plates, around one million metal plates are currently produced every month and right now, Mendoza said the backlog on four-wheel vehicles were already wiped out. 

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