So I decided to sell my motorcycle I paid cash for last Oct 2014. I don’t know how but stapled to my original copy of the OR was a copy of the CR instead of the yellow papered original. I normally leave it in a plastic sheath under the seat. It only came out from under the seat once last December for registration renewal and back under it went right in front of the LTO. My gut feeling tells me at the LTO when they handed me my new OR someone stapled the copied CR under it and kept the original by accident. Or maybe I was an idiot and lost it. Whatever it’s just paperwork right? I mean it shouldn’t be the end of the world to lose routine paperwork right? It’s not like I lost a search warrant to raid a house. Or the last will and testament of Bill Gates my uncle. That’s a pretty important document I’d go so far as to say. Any normal government department should replace vehicular paperwork without hesistation providing you can show ID and relevent proof of ownership right?
I had to first go to the “Hall of Justice” to sign a sworn affidavit that I lost my CR. Then I had to go to the police station to see the current front desk officer to make a police blotter about my missing CR using the affidavit as proof I lost it. Then go to the admin section of the police station to get a copy of the police blotter report “certified.” Then finally I went to the LTO ready to finish this nonsense and just get a new piece of paper so I can give it to the buyer. As soon as they looked at my LTO paperwork (I showed them the copy of the CR that I had) without hesitation, “Sir we can’t give you a new original this is from Cebu.” I bought this bike in Dumaguete and for some reason the dealer processed everything at the Cebu City LTO.
What I don’t get is that if a license plate and OR/CR issued by the LTO (A national agency) is recognized by the government in all of the Philippine islands, then WHY THE FUCK can’t you issue replacement paperwork at any office? They have national databases. I can confirm this as I’ve been to them before to verify license plates when checking out prospective used bikes to purchase. I was seeing names and addresses from all over the PH.
So now I’m making a trip 160km away to get paperwork from a different office that bares the exact same name as the one I was just in.
Shit happens. People lose paperwork all the time. I’m not the first nor will I be the last. What if someone from Davao moved to Baguio and encountered the same problem I did. Travel all the way back just for paperwork? That wouldn’t even be feasible if you weren’t a person of means.
And they wonder why so many people are riding/driving dirty around here with no plates, no license, no nothing. Sometimes the agency doesn’t even want to function for you.Published in