The LTO-MMDA Experience

This happened 3 weeks ago but I totally forgot about it because I planned to write about this when I was with the process, unfortunately I still don’t have the car registration with me. So here’s the story.

My driver’s license has expired last year and I never got around to renewing it. Delinquent, I know. It’s either I get lazy, I don’t have the money, something happens, I have the money but something happens that I have to use the money for that instead, I forgot to do it, or I don’t feel like doing it, in short I’m too lazy. Then there’s the car registration which expires annually every February and I only remembered on the 2nd day of March. The thing is, I got away with the driver’s license because I’ve been careful and if ever I get caught by a traffic enforcer, I’ll just demand a ticket or whatever punishment I deserved and they usually let me go because I didn’t really violate anything in the first place, they just want a bribe. But I did get a ticket twice on separate occasions and never got to pay it because we lost the tickets. LOL.

Since it was March already and I really needed an ID, I went to LTO [Land Transportation Office] to get both my car registration and driver’s license renewed. Everything was going smoothly, there weren’t many people and the insurance office took care of the car registration while I went ahead to renew my driver’s license. After the guy took my photo and signature, I had to wait while they assessed my papers. When my name was called after a while, I was informed that my name triggered a warning from the MMDA [Metro Manila Development Authority] database. I had to go to their office and get it sorted out. I went the next day.

Before I left the house, I had the feeling that I should probably wear pants, but I shrugged it off and wore shorts. When I arrived at the MMDA office, the guard would not let me in because people wearing shorts and slippers weren’t allowed inside. The female guard suggested that I buy a pair of pants from the nearby thrift shop so my trip wouldn’t be wasted. Luckily, I had shoes in the car.

There weren’t many people in the MMDA office too, and there’s even a special lane for women and the elderly so I didn’t really have to wait that long. I thought I would be done that day and I would be able to make it back to the LTO office to get everything done, but they told me that I have to attend a seminar because their system said I had 3 violations. Apart from the 2 last year, there was another from my first year of driving, a violation I don’t remember committing. Anyway, I went to the seminar the next day.

Apart from the facilitator, I was the only woman in the room. I sat in the back and tried to stay awake because I haven’t had any sleep that night. A folder was handed out and inside it was the questionnaire. We were to answer this and then discuss afterwards.

I knew more than half of the signs in the sheet of paper but I didn’t have a pen with me so I was thinking of waiting for the guy next to me to finish so I could borrow his pen. A guy facilitator came inside because the woman had to get something from her office. This guy started giving out answers, mostly the hard¬†ones [signs I didn’t know] but then some of the guys taking the test started asking him what this number was and so on. It was a bit shocking to find out that most of these guys who are public transportation drivers DO NOT KNOW MOST OF THE COMMON ROAD SIGNS.¬†After that short test, we discussed what the signs meant and other rules and regulations. I fell asleep near the end because I couldn’t help it anymore.

After the seminar, I headed straight back to the MMDA office to get my clearance so I could go back to the LTO office. The waiting area was full of men, and there were only 3 of us women. Initially, no one bothered to give up their seat for any of us. But then one guy who I was in the seminar with offered his seat, but I said it’s all right because I’m going to get called soon. Chivalry is extinct.

I got my driver’s license that day and it felt good. The only problem was the car registration wasn’t done yet because they couldn’t find the records from last year, so I had to come back a different day but when I did, it still wasn’t ready. I was supposed to pick it up last week but I forgot and then it’s too late so I’ll have to try again tomorrow. I hope it’s finally done so I can get on with my life or something.

3 thoughts on “The LTO-MMDA Experience”

  1. Hi, I have a question. About the payment for the violations, since you weren’t able to pay on time, did you have to pay more for the those tickets? I’m asking because I have 1 violation, wherein the officer confiscated my official receipt. It was my first year driving, so I didn’t think it was a big deal, so I let it go, and after when I found out that it was important, I never bothered to do anything about it, but recently, my license expired, so it’s a whole other story.

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