“The MOA clarifies persons who are not required to secure TINs in their applications for driver’s licenses. The said individuals are accredited foreign personnel of diplomatic missions and international organizations; individuals not engaged in business, such as minors, students, househelpers, housewives, balikbayans and the like, provided that they are securing a non-professional driver’s license; foreigners such as tourists, foreign students, foreign missionaries; and professional members of religious organizations, such as priests, pastors, nuns, lay ministers, missionaries.”

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has partnered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in the efficient implementation of Executive Order (E.O.) No. 98 through a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at the BIR Executive Conference Room.

E.O. 98, series of 1999, directs all government agencies to include the Taxpayer Identification No. (TIN) as part of the essential requirements in all applications for a government permit, license, clearance, official paper or document.

LTO, in compliance with the said E.O., issued last December 8, 2000 a Memorandum Circular requiring the submission of TIN in all transactions applied at any LTO District Offices or Licensing Centers. There have been recurring complaints by applicants of driver’s licenses on the tedious process.

The MOA clarifies persons who are not required to secure TINs in their applications for driver’s licenses. The said individuals are accredited foreign personnel of diplomatic missions and international organizations; individuals not engaged in business, such as minors, students, househelpers, housewives, balikbayans and the like, provided that they are securing a non-professional driver’s license; foreigners such as tourists, foreign students, foreign missionaries; and professional members of religious organizations, such as priests, pastors, nuns, lay ministers, missionaries.

The MOA, according to Senior Deputy Commissioner (SDCIR) Joel Tan-Torres, “shall foster close coordination with BIR and LTO and thus pave the way to more uniform implementation of TIN requirement resulting in better service to the public”.

The MOA was signed by SDCIR Joel L. Tan-Torres and LTO Assistant Secretary Arturo C. Lomibao.