Car: Annual car registration renewal made easy with AAP

January 07, 2015

The season of spending is not yet done and often extends into the New Year especially when you have a car with a license plate ending with "1".  That's because come January you're expected to renew your vehicle's annual registration.  Well, Stanley does have a license plate ending in "1" so here we go.  The good thing is that we have an AAP (Automobile Association Philippines) membership which means we are eligible to benefit from their LTO Registration Assistance service for a minimum fee (P300).

Just a brief guide though for car owners, you can't just renew your car's registration anytime you want.  There is a proper schedule that you should follow.  You need to know the week and the month of your scheduled renewal.  The middle number of your license plate reflects the week while your last number reflects the month.  Below is a guide depending on your license plate numbers.

For example, Stanley's license numbers are "791" so that means with a middle number of "9", his corresponding week is on the 4th week.  With a last number of "1", his corresponding month is January.  That means, ideally, we have to register him on the 4th week of January.

So now that we got that out of the way, let's get on with the car registration renewal through AAP.

Step 1.  Pass a smoking emission test.  This is a a requirement.  You need to bring the result with you to the AAP.

Every year, we go to the Smog Check Smoke Emission Testing Center along Aurora Boulevard because it's accredited by the AAP.  It's behind the LTO in San Juan, just before you cross the bridge along Aurora Boulevard.   It's a very simple process, you just park your car, they test it, they take a picture of the process as proof, you pay for the procedure, receive the results and OR, and you're done.  The total cost was P480 but we only paid P430 because we got an AAP discount.

Step 2. Bring the following documents to the AAP Office in Aurora Boulevard.  They're located at 682 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City, after Broadway Centrum, before the Gilmore computer shops and Robinsons Magnolia.

• Smoke Emission Test with passing results with the original receipt of payment
• Photocopy of Certificate of Registration
• Original copy of the previous year’s LTO Registration O.R.
• Original and photocopy of TPL Insurance Certificate of Cover (alternatively, you may get these from AAP)

They have a small but comfortable office.  Dylan and I just relaxed on their couch and we were offered our choice of coffee and chocolate from their dispenser. :) Patrick just brought the documents over to one of the staff and they just processed everything.  After, they gave us a computation of the total fees which amounted to P6,014.50, including the service fee and the fees for the new license plates to be issued this year.  

Facing the Office
The Cashier

After all that, we went downstairs to where Stanley was parked for the stenciling of the engine and chassis numbers, if I'm not mistaken.  

The whole process took less than 30 minutes.  From previous experience, we also received text notices from them regarding the status of the registration with LTO.  Before (in 2014), it took about 2 weeks for the registration stickers to be available.  Now, we'll see how long it will take.  The new license plates are to be expected 2 months after, that's what they said.

I hope you find this information useful.  If you want more information about the AAP LTO Registration Assistance, please visit their site here.  If you want to know more about being a member of the AAP, click here.


  1. This was a great post about how to register your car. I have had my car for a few months and just realized I should figure out when my car registration will need to be renew. I had no idea that there was a proper schedule to follow. When I get home I will have to take a closer look at that chart!
    Emily Smith |

  2. Hi Emily! Glad that you learned something from the post :) Good Luck! :)


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