By Chito Chavez
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said the extended five-year validity of driver’s license which rolled out today would dramatically cut red tape and other forms of corruption in the agency.
LTO chief Edgar Galvante said the new license would be issued gradually to prevent the overcrowding of the LTO offices in the country.
He said the initial batch of five-year driver’s licenses were issued to new applicants in Metro Manila starting today.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was among those who received the new driver’s licenses.
The LTO would then expand its issuance in Southern Luzon, Central Luzon and Davao Region next month and in the whole country nationwide by October.
In the past, driver’s licenses are valid only for three years.
Galvante also noted that the new driver’s license has a number of security features to making it highly improbable to fake.
With 32 enhanced security features, the new driver’s license which is valid for five years is laser-engraved and imprinted with guilloche pattern and has ultraviolet and holographic features.
“Meron ‘tong 32 security features, 22 sa harap, tapos 10 features sa likod. Ang iba rito hindi makikita by naked eye, kailangan may aparato para mabasa at definitely hindi ito napakadaling gayahin kaya hopefully mawawala na ‘tong mga fake licenses,” Galvante said.
“Very technologically advanced itong processing na ‘to kaya we are confident na hindi ito basta basta mapepeke. Mayroon itong 2D barcode na nakapaloob yung fingerprint at picture, eh yung nga naunang lisensiya walang picture nung fingerprint,” he added.
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