How to Verify Vehicle LTO Plate Number via SMS / text and know if it’s carnapped or with bad record of apprehension

There are literally so many purposes for verification of a vehicle’s plate number. First off, you have to realize that it is not so easy before when you want to know to whom a vehicle is registered or if that vehicle has a bad record in the LTO in terms of driver apprehension or if it is alarmed in the Land Transportation Office as a hot car or carnapped vehicle.

Here is a short guide for all who want to get the details of a vehicle in as fast as 1 minute. Yes, believe me you can now do it at that lightning fast pace because the LTO already had a system wherein all you have to do is to send a txt message (via SMS) to verify any vehicle’s plate number and know if it is a hot car (carnapped) or if it has a bad record in LTO. See the guide picture below.

LTO Vehicle Profile Verification via SMS

As of the writing of this post, August 6, 2012, this txt and SMS system verification method still works. I know it because I have tested it just now before posting it here for 100% reliability. I used my own car to test it out and presto! The results were amazingly and surprisingly 100% correct. You can try it to see if it still works by:

With your cellphone / mobile phone, just key in:

LTO<space>VEHICLE<space>[plate number of your vehicle] and send to 2600.

(Ex. LTO VEHICLE DEF123)

All you have to do after this process is to wait for about 5-10 seconds until the auto-generated reply arrives in your inbox.

LTO has this system as the fastes it has ever given chance to verify a vehicle basic information and specification plus model number and make. To be exact, I checked my inbox and these are the details provided in the auto-generated txt reply:

Car Plate – Model – Year of Manufacturing – Color – Date Last Registered in LTO – LTO Apprehension/ records and LTO Alarm (if any, referring to if your vehicle has been reported stolen or carnapped by the owner).

Please note that this can now be used by the proper authorities to get to crooks especially those carnappers who get caught in a checkpoint so beware all you scumbags!


Special Note: On per text message cost, a sent message with confirmation will cost the texter a Php 2.50. This text and SMS verification system by the LTO has been tested personally by me and the good news is that it definitely works for Smart, Globe and Sun Cellular users. I’m not so sure if it does the same for Touch Mobile, Red Mobile and the rest of the telco providers.

For an idea on the part of the vehicle owner, to avoid staying too long for the questioning of police officers in a checkpoing or a military authority, all you have to do is to show them the message and if your vehicle is totally clear of any records that could cause you to be apprehended, then you will not have to stay too long for questioning.

Another great tip where you can use this system is for verification of the registration of a second-hand car or used automobile you want to buy. This way, you can get assurance that it is clean before you get to pay for it or it’s too late. Remember that buying a hot car can cause you the same case as a carnapper.

To Remember: This registration verification via SMS is effective only for private cars> I am not sure to this date if LTO is planning to include all vehicles sooner or if it already included in the system / database of inquiry such as (motorcycles, taxis, tricycles, trucks, etc.). You can use this system, however to verify if it does work for other vehicles by using the system. I don’t have a jeep, tricycle, truck or a motorcycle to test it with so please bear with me. On the other hand, there are other related uses listed below taken from the official website of the LTO Philippines.

Other LTO services via text message:

  • To get motor vehicle transactions: LTOMV
  • For other permit and transactions: LTODL
  • To inquire license details: LTOLICENSELicensePlateNumber
  • To report a complaint on a PUV: PUV

Send to 2600


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  1. sir/mam paverify ko itong PLATE # 1883 QF,single motor,na heat and run po kc ako around 10:45 in muzon part ng san.jose bulacan..sna po na bigay nyo sken yung exact locaton and what name ng may ari ng MOTOR na ito nag karon kc nag damage ang sidecar ko..thanks

  2. tanung ko lang po kung ano ang mga dapat kong gawin upang maparehistro ko ,mailipat sa pangalan ko at maidrop po ang linya ng bus na naaward po sa akin, ang bus po nasheriff po un tapos po pinabidding ako ang top, ang binigay po sa akin ng atty. ay papel ako ang nanalo sa bidding xerox lang po ng or cr ng bus at released paper na puede ko ng kunin ang bus , ung mga binigay po ba sa akin ng atty. na papeles sapat na po ba un para isubmit ko sa lto ? salamat po

    1. may bus po na nasheriff ,pagkaraan pong 2 taon pina bidding at ako nga po ang naghighest , yellow plate pa po ang bus at sng binigay po sa aking papel ng atty ay xerox ng or cr ,certification na ako ang nakabili at released paper para makuha ang bus , sapat na po ba papel na un para maayos ko ang rehistro ng bus ?

  3. may napulot po akong plate ng motor pwede ko po bang malaman kung sino ang may ari o contact nya para mai soli ko po etong plaka salamat po.

  4. Sabi po sa poster nila 24 hrs pero tuwing gabi po pag nag checheck ako ng registration ng taxi laging ang reply sakin “Sorryy we cannot process your request right now. Please try again later” bakit po ganun? Dapat po maayos yung service nila kahit gabi kasi sa gabi mas laganap ang krimen na may kinalaman sa mga public vehicles…

    Sana naman ayusin po ito, sayang po kasi maganda yung nagagawa nito sa mga commuters

  5. Sabi po sa poster nila 24 hours yung service pero tuwing gabi po pag nagchecheck ako ng registration para sa nasasakyan na taxi ang nirereply lang po saakin “Sorry we cannot process your request right now. Please try again later” bakit po ganun? dapat po kahit gabi may service parin po sila kasi laganap po ang mga krimen na may kinalaman sa public vehicles sa gabi…

    Sana po maayos po ito ng LTO, sayang din po kasi, maganda at malaking po kasi ang maaaring maitulong nito sa kaligtasan ng mga commuters.

  6. panu ung temporary platemag year wala pang plaka sabi ng nagbenta…cabadbaran ang temporary plate ngaun laging reason ng nagbenta ng motor wala pa daw sabi ng companya na binilhan nya…paki send po ng detalye kung saan pwede i complain ang nagbenta kc nawala na ang com namin pero nakalagay sa papel ang full name nya….thanx

  7. ask lang po sana if panu po malalaman kung may bad record yung mga sasakyan like single motor,cars, example record is (hit & run)sa pamamagitan ng plate NUMBER through text message? thank you po

  8. sir/mam verify ko lang po itong plate number. TWJ 690 ano po name and address ng owner un po kasi ang cervice nung idol ko nung nag swimming gusto sya hanapin.. thans po sana matulungan nyo ako

  9. Hi sir/Mam mam pd bang malamang sa LTO kung saan nakainsured ng TPL insurance ang isang Motorcycle kung nawala na ito at hindi rin makita sa system kung saan nabili ang motorcycle salamat

  10. I would like to verify a certain vehicle that I am about to buy… Just to make sure it has no bad record. I tried your text system but it is not working… LTO VEHICLE YFV125 and send to 2600.

    can you please send me status of this vehicle via email? the make of this vehicle is Kia Sportage 2008 Model, Red in Color

    Thank you!~

  11. Sir,gusto ko lang check etong binele kong motor na Rusi Scooter kong wlang LTO alarm,ang plate number po nya ay 5859 HY ang number of CR153558425 – CR -296249472 last regesterd po sya 2012.sana po malaman ko agad.justbsend me my email – plechz123@hotmail.com.

  12. What to do po if you sent sms to verify a license plate number and no records found ang lumabas? Is there any other way to know if the vehicle is officially registered other than texting to 2600?

  13. Complaint on hyundai elantra white TiX 320 physical injury while on the intersection. May 17,2014 around 10:30pm intersection of araneta avenue and del monte avenue. Please take note as his behavior is not tolerable. Thanks

  14. Please verify nuovo z 2009 model with plate number 1476 pf was registered at lto caloocan branch under the name of mr roberdizo herminio jr lives at 19 sta fe st magsaysay village tondo manila?thanks so much

  15. Greetings!

    Hope u can advise me. My motorcycle was stolen just last sunday, may 18. I’ve reported this to our local police in Rodriguez, Rizal and to our barangay, wherein the blotters were all completed last tuesday. i tried texting LTO VEHICLE XO8214 then sent to 2600 and there are no indication that it has been stolen. I need to know what needs to be done next. I hope you can send me more info on what needs to be done to ensure that all appropriate branches of the police is alerted and I could somehow feel there is hope. I refuse to believe the common belief with a lot of our countrymen saying “Naku, wala na yan, mag-aaksaya ka lang ng oras, pagod at pera pag nilakad mo pa yan. Wala ring mangyayari”.

    I have received info from of my neighbors that they saw my motorcycle still being used apparently for personal usage by most probably the alledged culprit who stole it. Please understand that the process of filing with local police has taken almost 2days and in that itself is already very tasking and money is lost due to my absence of 2days from work.

    If i may, I would like to take this opportunity to suggest that you post the proper and complete procedure on how to go about this situation in order to educate our countrymen and help fight crime and not to just accept it believing “Malas lang”.

    Looking forward to a positive reply from your good office. Any assistance would be much appreciated. I will send you any info I have should you request for it.

    Kind regards

  16. gud pm po. ask ko lang po. pano po malalaman ung location ng may ari ng puting van na nakabangga smin hit en run po yung nangyari. mga 7:45pm po yon. sa may molino blvd po. kaso ang plate number lng 838. tapos walapang.ilaw ung sa may plate niya kya hindi po nkita ng malinaw. sana po help niyo kami. kahapon lang ngyri po.

  17. Would like to ask if we can get the name/owner of taxi with plate number TYT-168. Binangga kasi yung sasakyan namin last Jun 4 sa Ayala cor Paseo de Roxas pero tinakbuhan kami ng driver. Basag ang right headlight at yupi ang bumper ng sasakyan namin. Gusto sana namin mahabol yung driver kasi tumakas siya nung papunta na kami sa presinto para gawan ng accident report yung incident; kasama namin yung traffic/mmda aide pero walang takot siyang tumakas. Maraming salamat sa tulong nyo. God bless.

  18. sir/maam pa verify nmn po ako ng motor vehicle po
    Plate no#5206sd
    engine# g420id960648
    chassis#bg41d312624

  19. TANONG KO LANG PO NAHULI PO KASI AKO NG SATURDAY AROUND 4PM THEN SUNDAY PO WALANG OPISINA KAYA HINDI KO AGAD NATUBOS THEN MONDAY MORNING PO NA CHECK POINT PO AKO SA MALANDAY VALENZUELA PINAPAKITA KO PO YUNG TICKET KO HINDI DAW PO YUN VALID TAMA PO BANG TICKETAN PA NILA ULI ANG TICKET NA? VIOLATION PO NA NILAGAY NILA IVALID DRIVERS LICENSE, DI PO BA VALID YUN NG 3DAYS THEN NA INIMPOUND PA PO NG MGA VALENZUELA ENFORCER ANG MOTOR KO DAHIL NANGATWIRAN AKO

  20. To..
    LTO san fernando im asking if the machine now it already operate.cos last we get driver license the machine is not working.please let me know so that i can get my driver license id card.thank you

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