MANILA – Online transactions are now available for applicants in 24 offices of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) nationwide through its gradual launch of the Land Transport Management System (LTMS).

In a media bulletin, the LTO said its clients, through the LTMS, may now apply for new or renewal of their driver’s/conductor’s license, book appointments, other services, and pay for these transactions by creating an account at portal.lto.gov.ph.

Currently, the LTMS is available in Metro Manila at the LTO Central Office-License Section, Quezon City Licensing Center, Eastwood DLRO, Ever Gotesco DLRO, and at the Muntinlupa District Office.

For the rest of Luzon, it said the LTMS has been implemented at the Laoag District Office, Bayombong District Office, Lipa District Office, Naga District Office, Calapan District Office, Baguio Licensing Center, San Fernando Licensing Center, Angeles District Office, and Biñan District Office.

In the Visayas, it is available for clients of the Tagbilaran District Office, Dumaguete District Office, Roxas District Office, and at the Ormoc District Office.

In Mindanao, it is available at the Pagadian District Office, Malaybalay District Office, Butuan District Office, Tagum District Office, Davao District Office, and at the General Santos District Office.

In a message, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary Goddes Hope Libiran said while the system can also handle applications for student permits, issuance of such permits has been temporarily suspended due to recent changes by the LTO.

‘”Yung ibang transactions, like renewal of driver’s/conductor’s license and other miscellaneous transactions, go pa rin (Other transactions, such as renewal of driver’s/conductor’s license and other miscellaneous transactions, are still available),” Libiran said.

The LTO said the LTMS, which is still at the pilot test phase, was launched as part of the digitalization efforts of the DOTr throughout its various attached agencies as part of its measures against the Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante, LTO chief, said the system is being gradually launched to “smooth out any possible problems in the transition to digital.”

“We are fast-tracking necessary preparations so that more LTO offices will be equipped with the LTMS. Rest assured that while we shift to the new normal, we will surely adapt to digitalization. That’s where we are heading,” Galvante said.

He added that by next week, motor vehicle registration will be available for users of the LTMS.

Earlier, the LTO announced that beginning July 1, the issuance of student permits will be suspended as applicants will first be required to go through 15 hours of theoretical education beginning August 3. (PNA