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GUIDE: How to Check LTO Alarm?

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Ensuring general safety, vehicles in the Philippines have LTO alarm tags, which are an active LTO record of existing or pending traffic violations or apprehensions. When a specific vehicle has an alarm tag, they have previous records of violations and even criminal involvement. Additionally, their records are also on the Philippine National Police’s watch list. Specifically, the Highway Patrol Group (PNP – HPG).

On the other hand, vehicles with LTO alarm tags can also have potential violations or cases with other agencies such as the Department of Health (DoH), the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), or the Internal Investigation Division (IID). So, if you’re wondering how to check your LTO alarm, you are definitely in the right spot.

How to check if a vehicle has an LTO Alarm Tag

It’s worth noting that there are two ways to identify if a specific vehicle has an alarm tag. It’s through a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or accessing LTO’s Mobile Query Facility. Remember that these two ways have different methods so it’s best to take notes of the details and their manual steps to ensure a seamless navigation.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

All of the vehicles come with their respective vehicle identification number (VIN). It contains 17 unique character codes that serve as serial numbers for better identification. The information included in the vehicle are the following: 

  • Country of manufacture
  • Vehicle manufacturer
  • Vehicle’s production number

More details will be found in certain places in your vehicle as well. Specifically, a vehicle’s VIN is commonly found under the hood, on the dashboard, and the driver’s side door pillar. Through the VIN, you’ll see the records of the vehicle’s previous involvement in accidents, repair, and more.

LTO’s Mobile Query Facility

Through this method, it allows an individual to have an easier time identifying a specific vehicle through its physical attributes. As a result, they’ll know if the car matches the vehicle they’re looking for. This method contains the following information:

  • Plate number
  • Make
  • Model
  • Year of Manufacturing
  • Color
  • Date Last Registered in LTO
  • LTO Apprehension
  • Records
  • LTO Alarm

If you want to check alarms using the LTO Mobile Query facility, you can simply type “LTO VEHICLE [Plate Number]” and send to 2600 from any network. It only costs PHP 2.50 for all cellular networks in the country. However, this system only works during office hours. So make sure you’ll be active during the daytime to avail of this service.

Who can avail the Service?

Anyone accessing relevant information such as VIN or the Plate Number can check alarm tags. However, lifting alarm tags is crucial for drivers or vehicle owners. In addition, individuals planning to purchase vehicles from used car markets are advised to renew their vehicles but can’t due to the LTO alarm tags.

Requirements to lift LTO alarm tags

If you want to request a lift for the vehicle’s alarm tags, individuals must submit the specific documentary requirements. The requirements are few. However, there may be additional requirements needed by specific agencies. Individuals should ensure that they’ll be able to take note of these requirements.

  • Original letter request addressed to the Director of Traffic Adjudication Service (TAS)
  • Any valid Government issued ID/Deed of Sale (if not the registered owner)
  • Original Special Power of Attorney (if representative)

Additional Requirements

In some cases, agencies like PNP-HPG, Department of Health (DOH), Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) or Internal Investigation Division (IID) may require individuals additional requirements such as:

  • Original letter request to lift alarm from the investigator
  • Original Affidavit of Desistance
  • Original Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) Letter of endorsement
  • Original Official Receipt (OR) / Certificate of Registration (CR) of the motor vehicle or certified true copy of the same from the issuing agency.
  • Original Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) Recovery and Disposition Report
  • Original Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) Crime Laboratory Marco – Etching Report
  • Original Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) MV Clearance 
  • Original duly accomplished Land Transportation Office (LTO) Motor Vehicle Inspection Report

For DOH, here are the following: 

  • Original Confirmatory Test
  • Original Medical clinic letter of Endorsement

Both LTFRB and IID, on the other hand, require the same document:

  • Original Resolution to lift alarm


Alarm tags are crucial components of vehicles. It can be easy and convenient to trace the vehicle’s records, especially if they’re involved in serious crimes or issues. However, identifying LTO alarm tags may require specific requirements and steps to have seamless access to both methods mentioned above.

Furthermore, it’s best to inquire with any officer from the mentioned agencies to make sure you’re following the right ways and requirements. You can start by visiting their website to gather insights about their contact details.

Also Read: GUIDE: Where to Get a Medical Certificate for LTO in 2023?

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