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The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has issued guidelines on extending the validity of driver’s licenses amid the shortage of plastic cards.

In a memorandum issued to the agency’s regional directors, LTO chief Vigor Mendoza II extended the validity of the driver’s license that expired on April 3 this year until April 2, 2024 , which will be the subject of a separate memorandum.

Mendoza insisted that no LTO office will collect penalties for expired licenses covered by the memorandum.

He also instructed all LTO regional directors and district office heads that the system generated by the driver’s license official receipt will be stamped or printed with “Valid as Temporary Driver’s License Until Plastic Card is Released”

The DOTr earlier started the purchase of five million pieces of plastic cards which Mendoza said is more than enough to fill the backlog early next year 2024.

In relation to that, the winning bidder Banner Plasticards has delivered about 100,000 plastic cards but the production and delivery has been stopped by the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Quezon City court based on the case filed by Allcards Inc. which lost the bidding process.