Must-Read Only LTO And Their Deputized Agents Can Confiscate Driver’s Licenses

Drivers license - Policeman gives driver a traffic ticket.

According to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) if local traffic enforcement officers apprehended you and confiscated your driver’s license because of a traffic violation you have committed, this procedure is prohibited.

DILG memorandum drivers license confiscation.

Abalos emphasized that if every local government unit (LGU) in the nation had the power to seize driver's licenses, the result would be chaos.

Imagine mo papanhik ka ng Baguio. Nahuli ka bandang Mandaluyong, nakuha lisensya mo. So from Mandaluyong papuntang Baguio wala kang lisensya. Dala mo ‘yung ticket ng Mandaluyong. What if ‘yung ticket na ‘yun hindi irecognize ng Tarlac, Pampanga, lahat ng dadadaanan mo, Pangasinan or ng ibang LGU? (Imagine if you are going to Baguio and your license got confiscated in the area of Mandaluyong. So from Mandaluyong to Baguio you do not have a license. You only have the ticket issued in Mandaluyong. What if your ticket is not recognized in Tarlac, Pampanga, all of the provinces that you will pass through, in Pangasinan or other LGU?),’ —Abalos said.

Personally, I highly support this reiteration; this is to maintain consistency. If there’s consistency, then there will be no confusion for the motorists and strengthening peace and order in our society.


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  3. (2022, September 21). DILG to LGUs: Only LTO can confiscate driver's licenses [Blog post]. Retrieved from

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