LTO License Plate Lookup & Plate Number Search

How do you know a pre-owned vehicle has no history of apprehension from LTO? Run a plate number search and lookup and know the status in 10 minutes.

Buying a second-hand or used vehicle can be a great way to get on the road without the hefty price tag of a brand-new vehicle. But, how do you know a pre-owned vehicle is everything it was chalked up to be in the online ad?

The first thing you need to check when buying a used vehicle is its history. You wanna make sure that it’s clean and has not been tagged by LTO as a hot car or carnapped.

By verifying the car’s plate number, you can also check if it has other records⁠—like violations⁠—in the LTO that you should be worried about.

Running a license plate lookup and plate number search in the Philippines can be done in 2 ways:

  • SMS or text
  • Online plate number verification

How to run a plate number lookup and search via SMS/text

The idea behind checking the plate number via SMS/text is that a vehicle’s license plate number is linked to its Motor Vehicle (MV) number.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Key in LTO<space>VEHICLE<space>Plate#

Using your mobile phone, just type-in LTO<space>VEHICLE<space>Plate#.

Send it to 2600

Simply send it to 2600. Expect a system reply within 5 to 10 minutes.

The reply should have the following information:

  • The plate number of the car
  • Make and model
  • Year model
  • Color
  • Date of registration
  • Whether or not it has been tagged by LTO

This will work if you are a Globe, Smart, and Sun Cellular network user and would cost you Php 2.50 per text message.

Important things to note

  • The SMS verification of a private car vehicle is particularly useful in the case of police or military checkpoints. Just show them the message reply.
  • This only works for private vehicles. LTO hasn’t verified if the SMS verification of plate number works on taxis, trucks, motorcycles, and tricycles.
  • Only works during office hours on weekdays.

Check plate number using online plate number verification

If you prefer to check a vehicle’s history online, then you can use LTO’s online plate number verification:

Just enter the 15-digit Motor Vehicle (MV) number written on the top-left side of your certificate of registration.