The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) finally found a solution to expedite the process of releasing new and renewed driver’s licenses…or at least that’s what they claim.
In a recent press conference, LTO Chief Edgar Galvante holds that they have revamped the system in processing new applications and renewals in National Capital Region-LTO offices. With this system, license cards should be released the same day of application — and will take effect on license cards with 5-year validity.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade demonstrated how the new LTO system works by experiencing the whole process of driver’s license renewal himself. Within 10 minutes after submitting his application, he got his new license card.
Secretary Tugade is happy with the new system, but reminds the LTO employees to give quality service to public, meaning, fixers and corruption should also be eradicated within their ranks.
Aside from the revamped system, the new license cards are now made of polycarbonate material, as opposed to the previous ones that are made of PVC. The new license cards are also laser-engraved rather than thermally-printed. LTO Chief Galvante claims that the new plastic cards are not only durable but also have several security features, which they didn’t disclose.
In addition to that, those who have applied for 5-year driver’s licenses October last year and onwards will get their new plastic license cards starting next week, without additional charges.