After my debacle with the Pasig City Police last weekend, I promised to really visit LTO this week. You see, my driver's license expired on my birthday (March 31), but unfortunate circumstance got in the way (I had a fight with someone days before my birthday). Shaken and stirred, I kinda got disoriented and even though we both have recovered from the incident, I never really got the chance to renew my license. In fact, just last week, I realized what had happened and so I really scheduled Monday of this week, to accomplish it.
Unfortunately, the damn Pasig Police did not know any of that drama so when he caught me making an illegal right turn during a "red light", he scolded me when he found out that I had been driving with an expired license. My tears and panic attack mode worked again --- he let me go without a ticket but with a very guilty conscience. Miss planner failed big time and I could not believe what happened. I've always been efficient with these things. I renew two licenses every three years so I am so used to it already.
Anyway, I finally got my license renewed. I had it done at the LTO license renewal center at SM Hypermart beside Tiendesitas. I chose to go there because everyone says it's the best place right now, and I agree! The place is air conditioned, the people are nice (maybe because they're comfortable and not exhausted) and the whole process was quick.
I would not suggest for you to go there though, because everyone might start going there and change things (just kidding).
but really, go there the next time you have to renew your license. it's hard to get bored because there's lots to do while waiting for your turn (go grocery shopping, visit bench fix, grab a bite to eat). remember: SM Hypermart beside Tiendesitas. They're open from 9am to 6pm!
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Last December 2015, my sister was set to renew her license and was met by a shocker. This branch has closed. On March 2016, when I finally renewed mine, I was problematic about where to go and decided to just go to MAIN because all the other satellites were having problems.
Either satellite branches (especially in malls) have closed, or they can process, but cannot release cards. One time I saw a friend on FB brag about how fast her LTO processing went (less than 15 minutes) with the amusing hashtag #thankyouPNOY and I wanted to comment and thought twice about it. I wanted to tell her it's not something she should be grateful for. You're supposed to get your card right away.
Anyway, when I was renewing at MAIN I found out why satellites have closed and why releasing has become an issue. THERE'S A SHORTAGE in cards like there is a shortage in car plates. I don't know why and I wouldn't even bother to criticize, so I'll leave that all to you. I am updating this blog because it's still a top post and I know I am directing you to the wrong place now instead of leading you to the right one. But I am hopeful one day that TIENDESITAS and other satellites will run at full functional capacity once again. For now, let me direct you to the MAIN branch in EAST AVENUE. Parking is a bit tricky, so you might want to think about that, and fixers are aplenty, so be wary. The entire processing and releasing took just 25-45 minutes so do not be fooled. Fixers will charge thousands for immediate release, how busy are you that you cannot wait 45 minutes?