MANILA (UPDATED) – Driver's license cards from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) will have a new design and the agency's new supplier, Allcard Plastics Philippines, will start issuing the cards in August.
The new plastic cards will feature new color-coded classifications for student drivers and conductors.
Non-professional and professional driver’s license cards will still be colored blue. The conductor’s license card is yellow.
Instead of getting a piece of paper, student drivers will be issued orange cards. The fee to acquire a student permit remains at P150.
Other changes include a new security feature, enhanced resolution, and bigger fonts for the name and address of the driver.
The new licenses will still have security features similar to the old cards, such as a 2D barcode.
The "Philippines" and "millennium" tags printed at the top and bottom of the flag are removed while "height," "weight," and "agency" are spelled out. The cards will be printed in 600dpi.
"May mga security features dito na hindi nila magaya, 'pag kumuha sila ng pekeng lisensya, malalaman natin 'yun. Do not resort to this, pwede namin kayo i-bar from getting a license for a year," said LTO spokesperson Jason Salvador.
LTO said it will request approval from the Department of Finance (DOF) to bring down license fee to P70 from the current P150 because the lower amount was the price bid by Allcard Plastics Philippines.
"We will ask the DOF to reduce the cost of the license somewhere around P70. Sa tingin natin malaking tulong ito sa mga namamasada," Salvador said.
Allcard Plastics Philippines bagged the license cards project after submitting the lowest bid of P336 million.
Allcard will be supplying 5 million pieces of drivers license cards over a 12-month period for P67.40 each.
The firm will be replacing Amalgamated Motors Philippines Incorporated (AMPI), which supplied cards to the LTO for more than 20 years.
AMPI came under fire when complaints of shortage of PVC license cards surfaced last year.
Instead of the PVC card, those who renewed their licenses were given a piece of paper which served as a temporary license card.
To date, the agency has a backlog of 610,852 driver’s license cards in the country. This number does not include six other regions.
AMPI, the current license card supplier, started having problems in supplying the cards due to government's non-payment.
The Commission on Audit (COA) has ordered the DOTC to stop paying AMPI because the latter continues transacting with the government without a proper contract.
In a statement, AMPI asked for the public's understanding, "AMPI has endeavored to supply driver’s licenses nationwide even as it remains to be an unpaid supplier for almost two years. LTO has issued temporary licenses without expiry dates until such time that AMPI has resolved payment issues. Thank you for your understanding.”
AMPI has not collected any payments for the last 23 months.
Meanwhile, LTO has high hopes that the backlog on license cards will be addressed a month or two from now.