Ever since the creation and establishment of Land Transportation Office (LTO) MIMAROPA as a separate and distinct regional office in 2002, it had no permanent regional office building, nor did it have a LTO information technology system facility.
Since the LTO implemented Administrative Order No. AVT-2014-24 which revised the rules and regulations of the initial registration of brand new motor vehicles, the new registration unit of LTO MIMAROPA is temporarily done at LTO Region 4-A since February 2014 to June 2016. This new one stop registration process is supposed to eliminate the unnecessary delays and cut down the processing time. But due to voluminous transaction being handled by Region 4-A, the manufacturers, assemblers, importers and dealers of motor vehicles in the region complained about the delays in processing time of the initial registration of their respective motor vehicles. Such situation hinders the LTO MIMAROPA to work efficiently and deliver timely and quality service to the public.
After years of waiting, with the help of the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro, Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Office, Stradcom and private sector, the new registration unit of MIMAROPA region was created and launched on July 12, 2016 in the new office building situated at Brgy. Tawiran, Calapan City.
The new registration unit of MIMAROPA is created to implement LTO AO No. AVT-2014-24, which states that the initial registration of all types of new motor vehicles shall be done only at the appropriate LTO regional office where the sale of the particular motor vehicle is reported and the motor vehicle file number for the initially registered motor vehicle shall be the agency code assigned to the respective regional office.
With the thousands number of vehicles with pending issuance of license plates since last year, the claiming and releasing of license plates has become a challenge for both LTO and motor vehicle dealers. Because of the initiative of LTO MIMAROPA to establish its own registration unit in the region, the services for vehicle registration is now more efficient and timely.