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LTO bares fake license trade

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The Land Transportation Office district office in Bais City has warned the public against fake driver’s licenses believed to be manipulated by some enterprising individuals.

LTO-Bais District Office chief Janine Lawas disclosed Tuesday that during roadside operations the whole of last week, at least two fake driver’s licenses were confiscated.

According to her, the discovery was made after records of the individual fake driver’s licenses did not show up during a check with the LTO computer data base.

The LTO district chief said she believes some enterprising individuals are engaged in this unlawful trade and that the fake driver’s licenses are made outside of Dumaguete.

Lawas said she has coordinated with law enforcement agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police to track down the individuals who falsify this document.

She also warned the public against falling prey to fixers when applying for a driver’s license and advised them to submit their application forms directly to any LTO district office.

Lawas explained it is easy to spot a counterfeit driver’s license as the LTO has security measures to determine whether this is copied and modified by unauthorized persons.

One way to determine a falsified driver’s license is the font type used as well as the type of lamination that when stripped off, will also remove the print on it, she added.

Last week, the LTO Region 7 operations team, headed by Macario Getaruelas, acting regional operations chief, conducted a five-day roadside inspection in the area of coverage of the LTO Bais District Office.

A total of 118 motor vehicles were impounded and 647 licenses confiscated, two of which were found to be fake, said Lawas. (PNA)

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