The Land Transportation office (LTO) on Monday has started the distribution of plastic driver’s license cards.
According to reports, the driver’s license cards are available to driver’s in Metro Manila and may claim their cards at LTO’s 36 licensing offices in the city.
It was however reported that plastic driver’s license cards released are for those who applied or renew between January 1 and October 16.
Based on reports, each licensing center can process 800 cards a day while the LTO head office can release up to 1,600 cards daily, said LTO Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante.
The Metro Manila release of the cards will erase 700,000 of the LTO’s 3 million backlog. License cards in other regions will soon be available and is expected to be completed by February 2017.
In an interview with DZMM Radio, Galvante reiterated that applicants should only present their official receipt and need not pay any fee. Reminding also the applicants to secure the cards from the branch they applied.
“Isang paalala lang namin, kung saan sila nagpa-renew ng kanilang lisensya sila pumunta para i-retrieve. At isa pa, wala silang ibang babayarang sa license card, nabayaran na iyun. Ang ipapakita lang nila ay kanilang resibo,” he said.
Further, Overseas Filipino Workers who will use their driver’s license as a work requirement will be given priority on the release of driver’s license cards.
Meanwhile, the shortage of license cards started in 2013 when the Commission on Audit disallowed payments to LTO’s former card supplier, Amalgamated Motor Philippines Inc., for lack of a proper contract. This forced forced motorists to their receipts, stamped with a validity period, as temporary licenses.