What the new LTO license plates look like

The Land Transportation Office is set to issue modern license plates in September. Wonder what the new LTO license plates look like?

New LTO license plates

In a recent press release, the Department of Transportation and Communications said motor vehicle (MV) plates will have a three-letter, four-number combination, and motorcycle (MC) plates will have a two-letter, five-number combination.

Private vehicle plates will also come in a black-and-white design, with a look similar to those in more advanced countries such as Singapore and parts of Europe, the DOTC revealed.

According to DOTC, the new LTO plates, which vehicle owners are expected to receive by end of September, will have the “latest technologies adopted as multiple security features” including:
  • Laser-etched bar codes containing selective data inputs which will allow data verification with the LTO.
  • Reflective sheeting material, which will allow license plate visibility even from wide-entrance angles and up to a distance of 100 feet, for both daytime and nighttime. This will have security images which cannot be removed by any known method without damaging the sheeting.
  • Anodized bolt head screws and nuts with serial numbers, which will prevent tampering and removal of the license plates from the vehicle bodies once installed.


These new security features will be added to “promote safety and reliability in accordance with international quality standards” and “prevent tampering, theft, and falsification of license plates” that will mitigate carnapping, colorum, and smuggling practices, the DOTC added.