All you need to know about driver’s license confiscation in Metro Manila

driver’s license confiscation in Metro Manila

No matter how good a driver you are, there once is a time in everyone's lives when they make a mistake and a traffic law enforcer catches them red-handed. Has it happened to you or have you been successful in maintaining a clean record? Whatever may be the case, today we’ll be discussing how you should handle your license when an officer stops you for a violation.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much is the LTO fine and penalty for the driver's failure to carry ORCR?

    If a driver fails to carry the car's OR and CR, he or she will be fined PHP 1,000.
  • What are LTOs' business hours?

    The LTO usually starts operation by 8:00 am and ends the day by 5:00 pm, however, operation hours vary depending on the volume of applicants.
  • Where shall I pay off my LTO fines?

    You can settle your LTO violation fee at any LTO branch or satellite office or pay the fines via the LTO’s online portal.
  • What is LTO DLRO?

    DLRO refers to the Driver’s License Renewal Office, it is an LTO office that focuses on the renewal of the driver’s license without change in information.
  • What will happen if someone doesn’t claim their confiscated license?

    In such cases, the LTO will first check the applicant's unpaid fines and then determine whether to renew their license. If approved, the applicant will first have to settle the charges and pay the fine & penalty for an unclaimed license, along with the usual renewal fees.
  • Can I check LTO violations online?

    Yes. LTO's portal allows users to check their violations online through its portal, the LTMS Online.
  • As a driver, you can drive legally on the roads thanks to the LTO-issued driver’s license, thus making it one of the most crucial documents to obtain and maintain. We have already discussed the process of license procurement, renewal, associated costs & fees, and expiry in detail. Now it’s time to talk about the confiscation of driver’s licenses. Here we’ll be shedding some light on topics like -

    • Who has the legal power to confiscate the driver’s license
    • When the driver’s license was confiscated
    • What to do after the driver’s license gets confiscated

    Also Read: Here’s why you should not be driving without a license in the Philippines

    driver’s license confiscation in Metro Manila

    Let us find answers to all these questions one by one-

    Who has the legal power to confiscate the driver’s license?

    Under the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) single ticketing system(explained below), Metro Manila traffic enforcers are no longer permitted to confiscate driver’s licenses. It was a thing in the past but not now, except for certain conditions.

    When the driver’s license was confiscated?

    Wanna know such conditions? Well, a driver’s license can be confiscated and even revoked by the LTO, if a driver is found to be a perennial violation of the traffic laws (especially, if they fail to pay the fine).

    Note, that every time a driver commits a traffic violation, his/her license gets issued a demerit point. And only when the license reaches its full quota of demerit points, it can be confiscated or permanently revoked.

    What to do after the driver’s license gets confiscated?

    Once the authorities have confiscated your license, the next obvious step is to get it back. But the question is how? Well, there is no universal answer, as the process varies with the Local Government Unit (LGU) you’ll be heading to. For instance, if you go to the LGU in Quezon City you’ll be required to bring along the following documents to get back your license -

    • A photocopy of your LTO OR and CR (Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration)
    • A photocopy of one of your valid IDs
    • Original ordinance violation receipt
    • An authorization letter to claim the confiscated license (in case of a representative)
    • Affidavit of Loss (if the original OVR ticket is missing)

    driver’s license confiscation in Metro Manila

    Step-by-step process to get a confiscated driver’s license

    Step 1: Head to the nearest LGU
    Step 2: Go to the OVR Receiving Clerk desk at the Task Force for Transport and Traffic
    Management Office and submit the documents
    Step 3: Get the Order of Payment
    Step 4: Clear all the fines and penalties
    Step 5: Wait for the official receipt of payment
    Step 6: Hand over the official receipt to the officer at the designated window
    Step 7: Congratulations, you’ll now be handed your confiscated driver’s license

    Also Read: LTO Driver's License Renewal: Check out the cost, requirements, and more

    Understanding the single ticketing system

    It was in May 2023 that the pilot run for the single ticketing system began across several Philippine cities including Manila, Valenzuela, Caloocan, Parañaque, Quezon City, San Juan, and Muntinlupa. It aims to centralize the NCR which will lead to -

    • Harmonize national and local traffic rules
    • Reduce corruption among traffic enforcers and motorists
    • Uniformity of fines for common traffic violations imposed on the driver

    Also, while the single ticketing system does not allow traffic enforcers to confiscate the license, it enables them in other ways. For example, traffic enforcers are now allowed to carry body cameras and handheld devices connected to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) system, both of which enable them to issue violation tickets. Drivers with such violations will be issued demerit points on their licenses along with fines which they can pay via mobile wallets or at the city hall of the LGH where they were apprehended.

    Note, that violators have just ten days to pay traffic fines.

    driver’s license confiscation in Metro Manila

    Also Read: LTMS Portal Online: All you need to know from registration to requirement

    Violations a driver may committee & corresponding fine

    Here’s a guide that will give you clarity on the various driving-related violations along with their corresponding fine and penalties. Thus, helping you be aware on the road and be a better driver.

    Violation

    Fine

    Penalty

    Invalid driver’s license (expired, revoked, suspended)

    PHP 3,000

    • Disqualification from acquiring a driver’s license 
    • Not allowed to drive a motor vehicle for 1 year after payment of the fine

    Driving a vehicle involved in a crime

    PHP 10,000

    • Disqualification from acquiring a driver’s license 
    • Disqualification from diving 
    • Confiscation of the vehicle

    Driving a vehicle involved in the commission of a crime

    PHP 10,000

    • Driver’s license will be confiscated and revoked
    • Disqualified from getting a license for 5 years (from the date of payment of the fine)
    • Confiscation of the vehicle until ordered

    Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and similar substances

    From PHP 50,000 to PHP 500,000


    - No physical injury or killing someone: PHP 50,000 to PHP 100,000

    - Physical injuries: PHP 150,000 to PHP 250,000

    - Homicide: PHP 350,000 to PHP 500,000

    Driver with non-professional license -

    • First conviction will result in confiscation and suspension of the license for 18 months
    • Second conviction will result in permanent revocation

    Driver with a professional driving license


    • Confiscation and perpetual revoking of the license
    • Driver will not be able to get any kind of driving license

    Reckless driving with registration violations

    PHP 2,000 to PHP 10,000


    • First-time reckless driving: PHP 2,000
    • Second-time reckless driving: PHP 3,000
    • Third & subsequent cases of reckless driving: PHP 10,000
    • Suspension of driver’s license (3 months to 2 year)

    Not wearing a seatbelt & allowing a child below 6 to sit in the front seat

    PHP 1,000 to PHP 5,000


    • First offense: PHP 1,000
    • Second offense: PHP 2,000
    • Third offense: PHP 3,000 & suspension of license for 1 week from the payment of fine
    • 1-week suspension of license

    Passengers not wearing a seatbelt (public vehicle)

    PHP 3,000 (both for the driver & operator)

    NA

    Failure to carry a license, CR, OR

    PHP 1,000

    NA

    Not adhering to LTO’s traffic rules & regulations

    PHP 1,000

    NA

    Bottom line

    A driver’s license is insured who are physically and mentally fit and possess complete knowledge of the traffic rules and regulations. Therefore when driving on the road, it is every driver’s responsibility to drive carefully and in case they violate any rule, pay the fine immediately.

    There is no fun in getting your license confiscated or in the worst scenario revoked.

    Also Read: A Comprehensive Guide to LTO Vanity License Plate (OMVSP) in the Philippines

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