Learn how to clear your unsettled traffic violations online

unsettled traffic violations

Do you have an outstanding traffic violation/infraction/offense associated with your driver’s license? If yes, we’d advise you to settle it as soon as possible because that is ethical and necessary for several LTO procedures like license renewal.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Can I pay LTO fines online via LTMS Portal?

    Yes, a user can settle pending violations online.
  • What type of traffic violation can lead to confiscation of the driver’s license?

    Several, including - driver’s involvement in an accident, accumulation of 3-4 traffic violations, reckless driving, overspeeding, carrying fake driver’s license, and many more.
  • How much does it take to check unsettled LTO violations online?

    A user only requires 5 to 10 minutes to check unsettled LTO violations on the LTMS Portal (taking reasonable internet speed into consideration).
  • How much does it cost to check unsettled LTO violations online?

    Checking unsettled LTO violations via the LTMS portal doesn't cost a penny. It is a frontline service allowing drivers to access their driving records for free.
  • How? Well, you can either do it personally by visiting the LTO office or from the comfort of your space, thanks to the LTMS Portal. We are here to discuss the latter in detail, so let us get started.

    But first, let us learn a little bit about the LTMS Portal.

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

    LTMS Portal

    LTMS Portal

    The LTMS is the online platform provided by the Land Transportation Office (LTO). It was designed by the authority to bring LTO services to the public's doorsteps, thus improving the service delivery and processes. It makes it more convenient for employees and customers to process several LTO transactions online.

    Here are a few LTMS Portal services on offer -

    • Driver’s application for permits or license
    • Driver’s renewal of existing permits or license
    • Registration of motor vehicles
    • Request for Certificate of No Apprehension
    • Request for additional restriction code or category
    • Request for revision of records
    • New driver’s license renewal course
    • Viewing misconduct history
    • Viewing LTOs previous transaction
    • Switching driver’s license classification (from non-professional to professional)
    • Replacement of lost or damaged driver’s license
    • New driver’s license renewal course

    And many more, one of which is viewing information regarding unsettled violations and taking steps to address them without needing to visit the LTO office. Thus making it super convenient for the user to monitor their LTO driving record and clear any outstanding violations.
    The best part is it could be done anytime, from anywhere, as long as some basic prerequisites are met. For instance, a stable internet connection, electronic devices like a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and an active LTMS Portal account.

    Understanding LTO violations and fines

    The Land Transportation Office imposes fines and penalties in the event of a violation, it can be a driver-, number plate-, license, or registration-related matter. And therefore, every driver, no matter how law-abiding, should know about them, making sure he/she never committed a mistake.

    LTO violations and fines

    While we have thoroughly covered driving-related penalties, fines, and violations in detail, here are a few examples -

    • Driving without a valid driver’s license (fake, expired, revoked, or suspended license)
    • Driving a vehicle involved in a crime
    • Commission of a crime in the course of apprehension
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and similar substances
    • Reckless driving with registration violations
    • Submission of fake documents when applying for a new/renewal license
    • Not adhering to LTO’s traffic rules & regulations
    • Failure to carry a license, CR, OR
    • Passengers not wearing a seatbelt
    • Not wearing a seatbelt & allowing a child below 6 to sit in the front seat
    • Driving an unregistered vehicle or one with an undocumented engine
    • Unauthorized modification of motor vehicle
    • Driving a right-hand drive motor vehicle

    The penalties for LTO violations depend on the severity and nature of the offense and so the fine ranges from a few hundred to several thousand pesos. Failure to pay the due fines often results in additional penalties imposed by the authorities and in some cases may even lead to suspension or revocation of the license, impounding of the vehicle, and even incarceration.

    Also Read: Check out all the violations, penalties, and fines a driver may face in the Philippines

    Unsettled LTO violation

    When a driver does not resolve, pay, or address a traffic offense, it is referred to as an unsettled LTO violation. As mentioned, the list of violations can include issues about reckless driving, illegal parking, failure to present a license, and more.

    The only way to resolve an unsettled violation is to pay the required fine and attend the required course. And we'd suggest you do it sooner than later as no one wants to accumulate demerit points under their name. Right?

     

    Checking unsettled LTO violations

    One of the key advantages of the LTMS Portal is that a registered user can not only check unsettled violations under his/her name but also settle them on the go. One can check unsettled traffic violations via the LTMS Portal. Thus, without spending much time, effort, or money, the agency is enabling the user to check his/her unsettled violations.

     

    Benefits of checking unsettled violations online

    • Checking unsettled violations and addressing them helps avoid accumulating penalties, legal consequences, and demerit points.
    • Helps users stay informed about all the outstanding infractions linked to a driver’s license
    • Ensures compliance with traffic laws
    • Promotes responsible driving behavior

     

    Requirement for checking unsettled violations online

    To check any unsettled LTO violations, a user first needs to make sure that all the prerequisites are met. The list includes -

    • Stable internet connection
    • Compatible devices like a tablet, smartphone, or a computer
    • Compatible web browsers
    • LTO client ID or registered email address along with a nominated password
    • Personal information (first-time users registering at LTMS or users who want to update their profile)
    • Driver’s license details (like license number and expiration date)

    Once every requirement is ready, go ahead and check your unsettled violations at the LTMS Portal.

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

    LTO violations and fines

    Step-by-step instructions to check unsettled violations online

    Step 1: Check your device (smartphone/tablet/computer/laptop) for stable internet connection
    Step 2: Access the LTMS portal (portal.lto.gov.ph)
    Step 3: Login LTMS account using login credentials
    Step 4: Explore the LTMS Dashboard
    Step 5: Click on ‘Violations’ icon
    Step 6: Check your demerit points, unsettled violations, and history
    Step 7: Take necessary actions by paying fees and settling violations

    Fees for checking unsettled violations

    What’s best is unlike other LTO transactions online, checking unsettled LTO transactions via the LTMS Portal is free. This service is a part of the LTO online frontline service which allows individuals to access important information without any charges.

    LTO violations and fines

    Processing time for checking unsettled violations

    It’ll not take more than 5 to 10 minutes for a user to check unsettled LTO transactions, depending on the speed of the internet. Compared to doing the same by visiting the LTO office, this way is much more convenient and time-saving.

    Conclusion

    By following a few simple steps, a user can easily check his/her unsettled LTO violations online via the LTMS Portal. It is a super convenient way to monitor one's driving record and also ensures compliance with traffic rules and regulations. So, go ahead, manage your driving records, clear all the violations and be a responsible citizen.

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

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