TNVS FAQ by UberMNLTips

After you’ve signed up as an Uber Partner, you now need to get TNVS Accreditation in accordance to the LTFRB Ridesharing Regulation.

Don’t worry, Uber will be facilitating the whole thing so you don’t need to physically go to LTFRB and secure your CPC (Certificate of Public Convenience) Franchise.

Before we go to the process and requirements, let’s first answer some FAQs to get a clearer picture of the LTFRB Regulation and the incidental TNVS Accreditation. Also, you might want to read this article about what TNVS and LTFRB Accreditation really means for Uber Partners.

It’s also important that you know and you understand where the regulations are based. We’ve curated all the Memoranda issued by the  Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for TNCs and TNVS. You can download them below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Know the TNVS and LTFRB Accreditation Requirements

What is a TNC?

TNC or Transport Network Company is the web-based platform that provide ride-sharing services, such as Uber or Grab.

*These classifications, definitions, and requirements were outlined in Memoranda issued by the  Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for TNCs and TNVS. You can download them below:

 

What is TNVS?

Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) refers to vehicle owners who provide transportation services using the Uber or Grab platform. To process your TNVS Accreditation, there are TWO (2) permits/steps you need to get (don't worry, Uber will process this for you):

First, Provisional Authority (PA)

Then, Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC)

 

*These classifications, definitions, and requirements were outlined in Memoranda issued by the  Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for TNCs and TNVS. You can download them below:

Who should apply for TNVS?

According to LTFRB (in one of their official response to us), it is the VEHICLE OWNER, name appearing in the ORCR and Sales Invoice must be the TNVS Applicant.

VEHICLE OWNER = TNVS APPLICANT

This means that all the requirements for TNVS (both PA requirements and CPC requirements) that you will pass should be under the name of the TNVS Applicant = Vehicle Owner.

What is Provisional Authority (PA)?

This is the first step of TNVS Accreditation.

Provisional Authority is a temporary official permit recognized by the LTFRB for TNVS operations.

  • The PA (Provisional Authority) is a temporary permit to operate as a TNVS, valid for 45 days and renewable for up to 135 days.
  • Uber will be assisting you in applying for your PA and CPC.

To get all the details, the process, form downloads and submission link, please refer here: http://driveonuber.com/pagepa

REMEMBER: Uber will process this for you. You just need to submit the requirements.

What are the requirements for Provisional Authority (PA)?

These are the requirements you need to submit for PA application. PA requirements should be submitted ONLINE.

TIPS:

For all the details and sample forms, refer to UberMNLTips Guide to TNVS and LTFRB Accreditation.

To get all the details, the process, form downloads and submission link, please refer here: http://driveonuber.com/pagepa

 

If you own the car:

  • Professional Driver's License (of driver which you already uploaded when you signed up)
  • Signed and Notarized Special Power of Attorney (4 Pages, signed by the vehicle owner as listed on the OR-CR. Download here.)
  • List of Vehicles + Details* (excel file. Download here.)
  • OR-CR of all Vehicles
  • Proof of Filipino Citizenship (from owner in OR-CR ex. Passport, Voter's ID, Birth Certificate, etc)
 

If someone else own the car (if Uber Partner is not the owner of the vehicle):

Additional Requirement (from above):

  • Signed and Notarized Special Power of Attorney signed by Vehicle Owner (2 Pages, signed by the vehicle owner as listed on the OR-CR. Download here)
 

For Corporation/Company:

Additional Requirement (from above):

  • Articles of Partnership/Incorporation (if applying as a corporation)
  • Certification of Registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (if applying as a corporation)
  • Board Resolution and Secretary's Certificate (if applying as a corporation)

For all the details and sample forms, refer to UberMNLTips Guide to TNVS and LTFRB Accreditation.

What is Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC)?

This is the second part of your TNVS Application.

Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC )is referred to as the franchise or franchise permit.

  • The CPC is valid for one year and renewable up to 7 years.
  • CPC requirements must be submitted within the first 30 days online.
  • In order to issue a CPC, the LTFRB must conduct a public hearing for you or your representative. Because this can take a little longer to process, the LTFRB can issue a Provisional Authority (PA) for a TNVS Operator to use for the first 45 days until the CPC is issued.

REMEMBER: Uber will process this for you. You just need to submit the requirements.

What are the requirements for Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC)?

These are the requirements you need to submit for CPC application. Uber encourages partners to submit CPC requirements within your first 30 days of operating .

TIPS:

For all the details and sample forms, refer to UberMNLTips Guide to TNVS and LTFRB Accreditation.

To get all the details, the process, form downloads and submission link, please refer here: http://driveonuber.com/cpc

REMEMBER: As per LTFRB, the Vehicle Owner = TNVS Applicant. This means that all the document requirements below SHOULD be under the name of the TNVS Applicant = VEHICLE OWNER.

 

1.  SIGNED Specimen Signature Template (TNVS Applicant = Vehicle Owner should sign)

2.  NOTARIZED Certification Regarding Litigation, Proceedings and Investigation (TNVS Applicant = Vehicle Owner should sign)

3.  2x2 colored photo of the TNVS Applicant = Vehicle Owner

4.  Proof of Financial Capability (Should be under the name of the TNVS Applicant = Vehicle Owner. May include Bank Certificate with cash in bank of at least Php 10,000 during previous month, Bank Statements for last two months, or Passbook indicating transactions for last two months.)

5. Location Map of Garage indicating full address. (This can be a screenshot from Google Maps)

6. Valid Professional Driver's License of ALL drivers. Expired Driver’s Licenses will not be processed.

7. Valid PNP Clearance of ALL drivers  (This expires very fast. Make sure to claim it right before submission to avoid any future problems. Expired PNP Clearances will not be processed.)

8. DTI Certificate of Business Name Registration of Individual (For Individual)

For Corporation: a) Board Resolution of company b) SEC Certificate of company c) Articles of Incorporation of company   (For Corporations, you will be contacted as to how to submit the latter 3 requirements.)

9. Certificate of Registration with BIR (Form 2303). (Note: Application for Registration (Form 1901-1904) is NOT accepted. TIN ID is NOT accepted). You can also pass the following if you don't have Form 2303

a) If Earning Purely Compensation Income: Form 1700

b) If Self-Employed: Form 1701

c) Other: Form 2307 (Certificate of Creditable Tax Withheld at Source)

TIP: FOR OFWs and others who require BIR Form 2303, there are additional requirements that differ per BIR branch. Contact your chosen BIR branch for further details.

10.  Valid NBI Clearance of ALL drivers. Expired NBI Clearances will not be processed.

For all the details of each requirements and sample forms, refer to UberMNLTips Guide to TNVS and LTFRB Accreditation.

How much will TNVS application cost?

TNVS application cost

  • You will only be charged once we have submitted your application to the LTFRB. You shall be notified through your payment statements when we will be charging you. Payments are also made by a reduction of your weekly statements in three (3) consecutive weeks.
  • For vehicles in excess of 4, you will be charged another P1,500 per unit.
  • PAMI, or Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency, Inc. is the government-accredited insurance coverage that is required by the LTFRB for all TNVS applicants. As per LTFRB regulation, You are required to have this coverage on top of any other existing insurance you currently have. Uber willl get the PAMI for Partners.
  • PAMI Passenger Accident Insurance cost is per vehicle.

How long is the TNVS Processing?

Based on personal experience we got our P.A. about a month after submitting our TNVS requirements with Uber.
No CPC Franchise has been released yet for TNVS to date since they started implementing and collecting requirements around August. So we are yet to see how long it will take. But it should take less than 45 days since the P.A. is only valid within 45 days.

TIP: If you have already submitted your TNVS requirements, you can track your application here: http://driveonuber.com/tnvs-status

How do I track my TNVS application?

If you have already submitted your TNVS requirements, you can track your application here: http://driveonuber.com/tnvs-status

Are PAs and CPCs for TNVS operators exclusive to one TNC?

As per LTFRB's official response to UberMNLTips,

No. However, applicants must allege in their applications that they are accredited by both TNC’s.

Honestly, we haven't tried this ourselves yet since the TNCs process the PAs and CPCs on behalf of the partners. In as far as we know, Uber does not require exclusivity if you get the CPC from them. However, GrabCar requires exclusivity if the Peer got the CPC from them.

How many years can we use a car for TNVS (i.e. Uber or Grab)?

As per LTFRB and DOTC regulation, a CPC can be renewed up to 7 years from the first issuance of the CPC Franchise.

You can also read more about this in this related article.

Does the TNVS Applicant = Vehicle Owner need to be the Uber Partner?

As we mentioned above, VEHICLE OWNER = TNVS Applicant but he/she does NOT necessarily need to be the Uber Partner. you can still be an Uber partner and not necessarily be the owner of the vehicle (ex. you plan to manage a fleet but want to use the car of your friend, relative etc.). This is allowed as long as the vehicle owner (in this case, your friend or relative) is TNVS-accredited.

TIP: Here's a guide on how to get TNVS Accredited if the vehicle is NOT under your name.

 

What I don't own the vehicle? or I want my car to be managed under an Uber Partner account of another person?

As we mentioned above, VEHICLE OWNER must be the TNVS APPLICANT. You might also want to read on this article about how to get TNVS Accredited if the car is not in your name.

  • If you are an existing Uber Partner who does not own a vehicle, then please have the vehicle owner apply for TNVS accreditation.
  • If you are a vehicle owner under a different Uber Partner, you will need to apply for TNVS.
  • You can also arrange to have the vehicle transferred to your name by registering it via Transfer of Ownership with LTO.

Will Absolute Deed of Sale suffice?

Unfortunately, NO.

**UPDATE as of Sept. 25, 2015**

From an Official response of LTFRB to UberMNLTips, it seems a Deed of Absolute Sale is NOT really accepted. The TNVS Applicant's name must be the Vehicle Owner's name as reflected in the ORCR. Otherwise, the application will be rejected.

If you received your PA already but the ORCR still is under the original car owner, have it transferred to your name before passing the requirements for CPC. Otherwise, the application will be rejected.

Here's LTFRB's official response:

"It is the policy that it is indispensable that at the time of filing of the application, the unit proposed for operation must already be in the name of the applicant. You may ask LTO for the requirements of transfer of vehicle ownership.

For those applications which had already been accepted in the first three (3) batches, what is indispensable  is that at the time of the submission of the Formal Offer of Evidence during the hearing, the vehicle must already be in the name of the applicant-operator. Otherwise, the application will be dismissed."

What if I don't have ORCR yet? Will Sales Invoice suffice?

Yes, Sales Invoice is accepted ONLY FOR PA application.  Once your PA is released, you need to provide a copy of the OR/CR.

TIP: If you will be using your Sales Invoice, remember that the Chassis Number = Frame Number = Serial Number. DO NOT USE MODEL NUMBER as this is not unique. This may be reason for void your entire TNVS application.

Can corporations and/or partnerships be TNVS operators?

Yes. Requirements are provided under Memorandum Circular No. 2015-017.

REMEMBER: TNVS Applicant must be the Vehicle Owner. Hence, if you are applying for TNVS accreditation as a partnership/corporation, the vehicles must be under the name of the company. A Deed of Sale from incorporators to the corporation would NOT suffice. The vehicle's registration must be transferred to the corporation.

Can non-Filipino/foreigner car owners living in the Philippines apply for LTFRB Accreditation?

Unfortunately, No. As per LTFRB's Official response to UberMNLTips,

It is explicit and absolute under Commonwealth Act No. 146  that an alien is not allowed to be given a franchise to operate a public  land transportation service.

Does the vehicle have to be brand new? How old is the allowed vehicle?

No, the vehicle does not need to be brand new. However, the car must be at least 3 years old or newer upon TNVS application. This means if you are applying for TNVS within 2015, your vehicle must be 2012 or newer.

You might want to read on a related article about 2011 cars being deactivated in the Uber system.

Will the TNVS vehicle have yellow plate?

No, this is not true. TNVS vehicles will continue to have regular (green, or the newer black on white) plates.

The TNCs though are required to issue (removable) trade dress to the vehicles that should be displayed when the vehicle is in use for transport services.

Are hatchbacks and compact cars accepted by LTFRB?

Updated as of January 9, 2017

Unfortunately, NO.

By Virtue of DOTC DO 2015-011, hatchbacks are NOT specified as an accepted vehicle type for TNVS vehicles. But this is still subject to reconsideration if TNCs (Uber and Grab) appeals for reconsideration of hatchback as an accepted vehicle type. Refer to this article for about the facts about hatchbacks and engine displacement requirements for TNVS vehicles.

Two wheel vehicles, 2-door vehicles, pick-ups and vans with seating capacity of 10 or more are currently not accepted by the LTFRB and Uber.

 

 

Is there a min engine displacement requirement? (ex. more than 1.2L engine)

Updated as of January 9, 2017

IMPORTANT: By Virtue of DOTC DO 2015-011, there's NO engine displacement requirement. However, hatchbacks are NOT specified as an accepted vehicle type for TNVS vehicles. 

Refer to this article for about the facts about hatchbacks and engine displacement requirements for TNVS vehicles. 

Are Honda cars allowed?

As per LTFRB, Yes, provided Honda Philippines allows the owner-operator to have the unit applied and operated as a TNVS.

We've heard Honda Pasig is allowing Honda for Uber. Just check though if the warranty of the vehicle will be voided.

I don't have TNVS accreditation yet, can I go online and accept trips?

As per Uber, operations as usual.

online uber

As per LTFRB, in their Official Response to UberMNLTips,

Q: Can operators with pending TNVS application still accept trips? Can LTFRB provide us leeway?

Answer: Yes, provided applicant is issued a provisional authority to operate.  If no PA is issued pending application, the acceptance of trips means operating a colorum vehicle.  It is clearly provided in Memorandum Circular No. 2015-016 that TNC’s shall only allow duly franchised TNVS vehicles to provide a pre-arranged ride through its internet-based digital technology application. Leeway is that applicant should secure a PA pending disposition of the application.

Use your best judgement.  😉

What is PAMI?

PAMI Insurance is a required Passenger Accident Insurance by the LTFRB to all public transportation in the country. This is on top of any other insurance you have. Uber will process this for you once you've submitted your TNVS requirements. PAMI will cost Php 1089 and Uber will deduct this from your Payout together with your TNVS fees a week after release of PA.

PAMI Insurance

How do I apply? What documents will I need?

Uber will help you process your TNVS application and submit it to LTFRB on your behalf. 

To know the process and the requirements, refer to UberMNLTips' Guide to TNVS and LTFRB Accreditation.

Or you can also refer to Uber's guide here: http://driveonuber.com/about-tnvs/

Ready to Prepare your TNVS Requirements?

Refer to UberMNLTips' TNVS Guide for all the details of the PA and CPC requirements.

This guide will help you prepare  all the requirements with detailed examples.

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