44 responses to “Motorcycle Registration”

  1. So that’s replecement for a bike number3??? Anyway im doing motor driving licence. Did I mention Kasia is in Timor? She’ll be happy to meet you

  2. Hi DP and great recent up dates.

    I have had some experience with the registering motor cycles. If you tell the smoke emission testers at your new address that you wish to have the papers forwarded to them they will do so. Took me about 15 minutes as they did via e mail. Same goes for the LTO, had absolutely no problem at all.

    Brought two bikes in Cebu and now relicence them in Siquijor without a problem.

    Yes when traveling I always have at least 2 copies of the OR as one never knows when one is stopped for checking. We just completed a 2500km trip here and were stopped just one time. Also I carry a copy of my license.

    Keep up the good work and happy trip.

  3. great site but do you have any info on a foreigner buying a new bike, what doc’s are needed and how long does it take to get the numberplate and reg docs

  4. Hi ive a motor cycle which i havent renewed for licensing for two years how do i go about gettting it done?
    i was told i cant drive it to get an emissions test or to lto to get insurance since ive not renewed the bike.
    how do i get it renewed????
    Thanks ..text number 09214146960

  5. Gday all.
    Im a paraplegic from Australia, been in phils, Cebu & dumgte now for 14month.
    Going to live full time with my gfriend in Siargao Island – Cloud 9.
    I am looking at buying 2nd hand Honda xr200 & using another same swingarm, rear wheel, disc brake setup & put a sidecar on it. Question: If I just buy the bike registered can I then just fit the sidecar to it OR does it need TRIKE or SIDECAR Registration…Its for my private use on the sandy roads mainly on Siargao Island & going onto Bohol, Dumgte & CEBU … thx

  6. Check your O.R., Your motorcycle is registered as a motorcycle w/o sidecar. You can change the registration motorcycle w/sidecar. You have to take it to the LTO. They may require you to have it inspected. Fill out the “change body design” form and pay the fees.

  7. ask ko lang… if i am shedule for registration on the second week of the month and i wasn’t able to do so, am i considered “expired registration”? nbigyan kc ako ng violation, expired registration. supposively for second week but on the third week of the said month na-tikitan ako ng expired registration. did i violate? please guide me accordingly with thsi matter… tnx

  8. So If i ship a used $6000-$20,000 750-1100 CC Harley into Cebu from Canada is all I have to do is the above few items at such low cost?

    Could the only paperwork from Canada be a proof of ownership via a sales receipt?

    Isn’t there tax?

  9. i jaz want to ask how much it would cost to register a motorcycle for 14 years?!

  10. I have to change the denomination of my tricycle to with sidecar so I have to go to Region3 (Paniqui Tarlac to change its denomination as requested by the Municipality that I transferred. Its my late husband tricycle but I’m the one using it now (I cannot used it single its too heavy). Do I have to bring the motor vehicle? How much money will I spend to changed it to with sidecar? Can I transfer it to LTO main at Quezon City? Its too far to go to Tarlac always and I’m not familiar there coz we bought it at Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija. Pls help me regarding this matter.

  11. hi importing a quad 500 cc from china,what charges can i expect and how i can regester this vehicle in Surigao Del sur .?

  12. Hi…

    My boyfriend has a motorcycle and it was registered in Cebu. We brought the motorcycle to Nueva Ecija. The problem is the registration of the motorcycle is due and we need to renew it. Can I renew it by myself even without my boyfriend? I have all the documents in my hand.


  14. just want to ask if 40cc scooters need to be registered? seller told us that it doesnt have to be since it is below 50cc. tnx.

  15. I’m Just curious, when do we need to register a motorcycle? do we need to register it even if the plate number is still temporary? or , we just register it if you are given the official plate number?

    thanks..im just curious…so that i could not have penalty..i’ve just bought a new motorcycle..

  16. Mahigit na pong isang taon na ako naghihintay ng plaka ng motorsiklo ko. Hanggang ngayon wala pa rin ang hinihintay ko.Sabi ng supplier ko, wala pa po. Tingin ko nagpapalusot lang sila. Gaano po ba katagal ang pagkuha? Mayroon pa silang sinasabing VIRTUAL PLATE. Matagal na expired ang Certificate of Registration ko at nag aalala akong ma sita ng TORO at magmulta pa. Sabi nila lumabas na raw ang plaka ko pero isinauli nila dahil MC ang naka lagay at hindi TC. Hindi po ba talagang MC ang linalabas talaga at ako na ang mag papa TC sa LTO? tulong po.

  17. Hello! I’m planning to travel to Philippines as a tourist and buy a, preferably used, motorcycle for 3 months motorcycle trip around the major islands. I plan to buy ASAP after landing and sell it before I go back to Sweden after 4 months. But, there are a few things that I have been unable to understand:

    1, LTO webpage state that I need “Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)” but I don’t know if that is possible or required for a Tourist? Would a ACR-I help (as I’m then “registered” by the authorities)?

    2, Can one buy the ACR-I directly, i.e. not waiting 30 days for when I will apply for Visa (after the 59 Visa waiver period)? I anyway need the ACR-I after 59 days.

    3, Can/Should I request that the PNP TMG Clearance is done prior to signing of deed of sale? I mean this is the check that the motorcycle is ok to transfer.

    4, I have seen some motorcycles sold with “open deed”, does that mean that they are not the registered owner and I can’t transfer the ownership to me?

    Any information on above question, or the the whole buying/selling/paperwork of motorcycle would be very appreciated.

    Ulf Granar (Sweden)

  18. Hello, thank you so much for your all input.

    Some background, last year I did try to rent in Angeles to do a tour around Luzon, but despite making reservations (and getting Email confirmation) nice-bike.com had rented out the bikes, that was very disappointing. I tried other shops in Angeles but the quality of the bikes was to bad to take on month tour so I decided to travel by bus instead.
    This together with my 3 month drive in Vietnam and Laos with a purchased motorbike and having your own bike excludes all the hassle if the bike get a scratch along the way. All this pointed to owning a bike in Philippines :-)
    But I was not prepared for the difficult paperwork… In Vietnam there where basically no paperwork, and police is very honest and friendly.

    I agree on big cities (First drive out from Saigon was interesting…), and in general I either skip the big cities or find a hotel with parking and leave it there for duration of the visit.

  19. Last time I extended my Visa in Angeles, that was very quick and easy with helpful and professional immigration officers, Visa seems not a problem as long as you pay and adhere to the rules.

    I will arrive in Manila, but I can basically travel anywhere to buy and register the bike, not important where the tour starts.

    Intended tour is Manila, Coron, Palawan, Panay, Cebu, Bohol, and depending on time either drive back via Leyte and Luzon or take a RoRo back to Manila (transfer of ownership must be done at the same LTO office).

    Since I anyway have the airplane ticket I will make an effort to buy a motorcycle and have the ownership transfer, I’m well aware of the potential problems so I think I will visit the LTO office before purchase to confirm that I as a tourist can have ownership of a motorcycle.
    If I can’t make it happen I just travel the same route, but now like everybody else and rent locally.

    I try and make a short report of my success, or lack thereof, in a couple of weeks.

    Again thanks for all the good information.
    /Ulf Granar

  20. Hello again. I just wanted to report that I have, as tourist, bought and registered a motorcycle in Philippines.
    The process was fairly straight forward but it helped that the seller and his girlfriend had done this 2 years ago and could guide me.

    I now tour around Cebu island while I wait for my new tires to arrive in Cebu city.

    /Ulf Granar

    Below I describe the full process and my findings as I remember them when I bought and registered a motorcycle 23-25 January 2017 in Cebu Philippines.

    The best way to find my preferred motorcycle (Yamaha YBR 125G) was on OLX.ph.
    Note, I have since understood that there is problem to get correct off-road tyres for this model due to that they are of tubeless design. I had to resort to order original tyres from Yamaha, at a cost…
    Getting street tyres is no problem.

    I required that the bike had all legal papers:
    • Was correctly registered to current owner, i.e. no “open deed of sale”
    • Registered with valid license plate mounted with correct special screws from LTO (I since come to understand that these special screws are for later registrations only)
    • Came with valid OR (Original Receipt), CR (Certificate of Registration) and sticker on licenseplate
    • If I could not get a copy of the previous deed of sale that the PNP HPG certificate (which will prove that the bike is not stolen etc.) should be done before I handed over the money

    I found a french guy in Cebu that I felt I could trust and the bike was ok.

    Step 1, Take photo copies
    Time: 30 m
    Cost: Around 30 P
    Location: Any copy shop
    We took 4 copies of each:
    • Seller ID, 2 different on same paper
    • Buyer ID, 2 different on same paper
    • CR
    • OR

    Note, there may be up to 2 valid OR if the owner had the bike less than a year. One that state the ownership transfer and one that state that the bike is registered (i.e. paid equivalant of road tax).

    Step 2, Deed of sale
    Time: 1 h
    Cost: 400 P
    Location: Any Notary office
    We presented 1 copy each of the above copied documents, the clerk created 6 copies of the deed of sale that then was signed by seller and buyer.
    We received 3 original set of the deed of sale.

    Note 1, Copy shops and Notary office are often located around City hall, we where close to Mandaue city hall as this was close to the buyer.
    Note 2, LTO (Land Transport Office, i.e. the office that does the registration) requires the buyer to have an adress in Philippines, they do not seem to check against any register.
    Note 3, Notary office required that seller and buyer have different adress.

    Step 3, take photo copies
    Time: 30 m
    Cost: 8 P
    Location: Any copy shop
    We took 4 copies of each:
    • Deed of sale

    Note, I bought a plastic folder, the type with a zipper, big enough for the deed of sale (longer than A4) at a close shop, both to keep papers in and my sweat out. I strongly suggest it as there will be many many papers, and it cost only 30 P.

    Step 4, PNP HPG clearance certificate
    Time: 4 h
    Cost: 508 P (300 P + 200 P express fee + 8 P photocopies)
    Location: PNP HPG office
    Motor Vehicle clearance section located just inside the gate on left side at Cebu city police at camp Sotero..
    We requested a payment slip for ownership transfer certificate, this was 300 P.
    The payment slip must be payed at Land Bank of Philliphines and nearest branch was Escario Branch, 1.5 km away, open 9am to 3 pm. Processing in Land Bank was slow and paying the bill took 45 minutes.
    We then took 4 photocopies of the Land Bank receipt for total 8 P.

    At the Crimelab office we showed the following documents
    • Copy of CR
    • Copy of OR
    • Copy of Land bank receipt
    • Copy of deed of sale

    After that they did physical inspection, including stenciling (physical copy of frame and engine serial numbers), of the motorbike and took above copies and told us to wait.
    After around 30 minutes the guy returned and I got:

    • Approval slip (green + pink paper).
    • Orange form to be filled in
    I elected to pay the express fee (else it takes 3 working days to receive the documents) so I gave 200 pesos and the above mentioned forms to the counter.
    They finished the process in 15 minutes (including filling in the orange form that I took too long to fill in… so he said he do it… :-)

    From the counter I got back the pink paper (that verifies that the vehicle is not tampered with) and the PNP HPG certificate (that verifies that the bike is not reported stolen or involved in any criminal case) stapled together.

    Note 1, copy shop was available on the other side of the street of PNP and to the left as you exited from the Cebu police station.
    Note 2, The certificate is valid for 7 days.
    Note 3, After we got an approved certificate we went to HSBC bank in Cebu city, to my understanding the only ATM in Cebu which allowed 40K P withdrawal per day and no withdrawal fee. I withdrew the agreed amount and gave to the seller.

    Step 5, MVI (Motor Vehicle Inspection)
    Time: 2 h
    Cost: 50 P
    Location: LTO Motor Vecicle Inspection Center
    I gave to the information officer:
    • Copy of OR
    • Copy of CR
    • Test report form (received from officer at MVI and filled in by me)
    • (I may had given a copy of deed of sale, I do not remember)

    I was given back the stack of papers and told to go to window A and pay the fee of 50 P, which I did.

    Back to the information officer he said OK and I had to ask at another area that a guy should stencil the numbers.

    With the stencils attached to the form I presented the papers to the information officer and he sent for inspection guy that checked the motorbike.

    With inspection ok the inspection guy took the stack of papers and I was told to go to window B where after about 30 minutes my name was called and I got the MVI report.

    Note 1, I had to fix broken lightbulbs before the vehicle inspection. I found “New Star Motorcycle Parts” in Cebu city a better shop than many others.
    Note 2, I did the MVI at LTO MVI center in Mandaue
    Note 3, The only thing that was checked was the electrical functions, light, horn, brakelight etc. No test of brake or tires etc.
    Note 4, The certificate is valid for 10 days.

    Step 5, LTO registration
    Time: 2 h
    Cost: 230 P
    Location: LTO where motorcycle is currently registered.

    When I entered the LTO office in Danao there was an information officer that check my papers and stapled a process que number to my stack of papers:
    • Original OR
    • Original CR
    • Original deed of sale
    • PNP HPG certificate (both papers)
    • MVI approval
    • Photo copy of Seller ID, 2 different
    • Photo copy of Buyer ID, 2 different
    He then guided me to window A where I submitted the stack of papers and was told to sit down.

    After a little while I was called and I was asked to carry the stack of papers to the cashier and pay the fee for transfer of ownership.

    I was again asked to sit down at window A and wait.
    After about 1 hour I was called and received the new CR and the new OR (confirming that the bike is transfered to me) stapled together with previous OR (confirming that the motorcycle is registered).

    Note 1, due to that I made a mistake when drafting the deed of sale (I put the adress of my residence in my home country) my first application to LTO was rejected. I then had to go back and together with the previous owner to correct the deed of sale (at another 400 P cost) at the previously used Notary office and then go back to LTO with the correct deed of sale.
    Above I describe the process as it is done with correct deed of sale.

    Step 6, Insurance
    Time: 1 h
    Cost: 550 P (+ around 30 P for copies)
    Location: Any insurance agent
    Required documents:
    • Copy of new (+ old OR in my case)
    • Copy of new CR

    Note 1, there where many insurance agents outside of LTO in Danao. I selected one that seemed to had been there some time.
    Note 2, It may not be nessesary to pay for copies but I did that as a separate buy as I wanted several copies of OR and CR.
    Note 3, I choose minimum required 3′e party insurance. It covers only medical expense up to 100 000 P.

    The process should be possible to complete in 2 days, I spent 2.5 days due earlier mentioned error with deed of sale.
    Total cost including insurance 1806 P.
    Throughout this process all the people I meet at the various offices was 100% professional and helpfull.

    The following day converted my international drivers license to local drivers license at the same LTO office in Danao.
    This took around 6 hours (most of it for drug and medical test) and cost 853 P.

  21. Good morning sir/maam maaari bang marihistro ang mga BIG BIKES sa pilipinas kase may plano po akong bibili ng BIG BIKE sa ibang bansa ngayong taon na ito? Bibili po ako ng latest na motorsiklo yong KAWASAKI H2R kaso lng po 340 Horse power po yon ang tanong ko lang po ay pwede po bang marihistro yong ganyang motorsiklo


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