UV Express Franchise – Information, Fees and Franchise Investment

Did you know that UV is a play on the word “uwi na”? The Philippines has been home to a developing hustle and bustle lifestyle. Workers come from all over the country, just to be able to get to and from their homes and office. A car may be an investment for some, but given the high amount of traffic, the necessity for owning your own vehicle does not seem that worth it at all.

Which is why there is multiple franchises of UV Express. Contrary to popular belief, UV Express is not a company, but a license that allows you to operate utility vehicles (UV) for public transportation. Alongside the Jeep, you would not be able to avoid seeing a Van with the “UV Express” logo embedded on its side.

Yes, UV Express is popularly used, mostly because it is the cheapest alternative mode of transportation for everyday commute, as opposed to hailing a taxi. While taxis often private and offer comfortability, UV express offer cheaper prices per kilometer, making it the most used vehicle every day.

You can see this alongside Park Square at Ayala Makati, where UV Express vans are stationed. Multiple waiting lines are places around the terminal, with people waiting their turn to be able to use the service.

As you can see, as long as business is usual in the Philippines, the profitability is guaranteed as long as you are being smart with your investment and know what you are doing, which you will be as you continue reading on how to start your own UV Express franchise.

History of UV Express Franchise

FX Franchise in the Philippines

During the 1990s, the Toyota Motor Company released the Tamaraw FX, its Third Generation, exclusively in the Philippine. Marketed and designed as a smaller type of UV as opposed to its larger variant in the United States, it still provided relatively large area of space for passengers and their luggage.

However, as many of you may have experienced, the space for luggage would usually be used by the driver as additional space as a passenger seat. Competitors Mitsubishi, Isuzu, would offer their Adventure and Hi-Lander, respectively, as another form of public transport, which would eventually be locally termed as FX.

The LTFRB eventually noticed this trend of using the UV and offered a guideline to properly legitimize the business. Alongside this, the Nissan Urvan and Toyota HiAce replaced the old FX models for their larger space and legroom. These transitions would eventually become what the UV Express we all know and use today.

The UV Express as a franchise provides more than 120 services all over the Philippines aside from the National Capital Region. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is also the owner of said franchise.

Vans of the UV Express are able to seat a maximum of 14 passengers. The service charges 2 pesos per kilometer since 2013. UV express also has their own terminals in Metro Manila: Manila, Makati (Ayala Center), Pasig (SM Megamall), Mandaluyong (Starmall), Cubao, North Avenue, Centris Station, to name a few.

UV Express Franchise Information

Generally, there are no fees required to be paid to own a franchise of UV Express, other than 570 pesos for the documentation and processing fees.

In any case, there are scammers that would require you to pay a hefty sum for franchising, which we advise that you avoid by not consulting fixers.

UV Express Franchise: How to Start

In order to acquire UV Express as a franchise, it is up to the LTFRB to assist you, at the end of the article, contact information for their office has been provided for your convenience.

Contact Information

UV Express Franchise Philippines 2National Capital Region

2nd Floor, McDouton Bldg., 768 EDSA cor. East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

Hotline: 1342

Mobile No. (Globe): 0906 163 7034

Email: complaint.ltfrb.gov.ph@gmail.com

Facebook: LTFRB Citizen Enforcer

Twitter: @LTFRB

Office of the Chairman: 426-2519 / 426-2505

Office of the Executive Director: 925-7194

Admin Division: 426-2501

Financial and Management Division: 426-2496

Technical Division: 426-2526

Information Systems Management Division: 426-2491 / 426-2513

Legal Division: 426-2530

Public Assistance & Complaint Desk: 426-2515 / 426-25-34

SMS Hotline: 0921-448-7777

For a list of other LTFRB offices per region, please refer to their official website.

Advantage of UV Express Franchise

  • Direct assistance from the franchise owner (LTFRB)
  • Documentation fees and processing fees, aside from the vehicles needed, are the only expense you need to cover.
  • Return of investment is usually a year or two.
  • Profit making is guaranteed as UV express is a sustainable business model.
  • No royalty fees

Disadvantage of UV Express Franchise

  • Unguided registration may lead to being scammed
  • Vehicles are to be purchased by the franchise buyer, with the 3rd unit having a fee
  • High capital requirement (as per the vehicle) may prevent interested buyers from franchising

UV Express is an interesting business as it is owned by a governing body, but is free to franchise aside from fees and expenses. Unlike other franchise businesses, there are no royalty fees required, and profit will be toward the owner!

58 responses to “UV Express Franchise – Information, Fees and Franchise Investment”

  1. Ireen Abueme says:


    Good day.

    Would like to ask if we’ll going to pay for a vehicle? How much?

    Thank you

  2. Danilo says:

    How long will it take from application to release of franchise?. Interested but having second thoughts because my friend ‘s franchise apllication is more than two years now and still with ltfrb. Is this a normal wait in applying the franchise. Thank you

  3. Raul macabuag says:

    Open po ba ang UV express franchise nyon panu po mag apply as ltfrb salamt

  4. Cristopher Agujar says:


    I would like to apply for franchise.
    Can you tell me How?


  5. Marlon villafuerte says:

    We would like to apply for franchise. Naga-ragay line here in camarines sur.we would like to seek for your advise on how to apply.

  6. Ronald says:

    paano pa mag start ng uv express. pandi bulacan area po.

  7. rod lalosa says:

    ano po mga requirements sa UV franchising? ano po mga babayaran at nasa magkano po kaya aabutin lahat. thanks

  8. Jim Martin says:

    Madali lang pala mag apply at mura lang ang Franchise, pero bakit ang dami pa din Colorum. Gusto ko mag apply nito byaheng Balagtas to Monumento

    • Kennitte says:

      Madali nga mag apply,pero palakasan system SA Ltfrb.makakuha ka agad.gusto ko kumuha noon pa.sabihin walang slot.at Kung my slot,dami nila hinahanap.pero pag kilala.ID,UNIT AT PERA Lang Ang requirements.

  9. Joseph Isabela Sales says:

    Kaialangan po ba myembro ng isang kooperatiba para makapag operate ng uv express. May 1 unit po kami ng uv express at balak po namin na palitan ng bagong unit kaya lang may usap-usapan na kailang magmiyembro sa isang kooperatiba. Totoo po ba ito?


    Gusto ko po sna mag franchaise sa uv express sa province of aklan KALIBO TO CATICLAN meron po ba slot pra don ang byahe? P

  11. Brian says:

    paano po magagastos pagfranchise?

  12. Brian says:

    Magkano pla magagastos at paano magapply?

  13. Brian says:

    Magkano at paano magapply?

  14. Joey salonga says:

    Good day po pano po mag apply ng uv franchise at mgkno po mgagastos .

  15. Exe Natividad says:

    Good day po Kailangan po ba myembro ng isang kooperatiba para makapag operate ng UV express ano po nga requirements sa UV franchising at ano po mga babayaran at nasa magkano po kaya ang aabutin lahat Thanks po.

  16. Felix d. pollos says:

    sir I am senior citizen still working in saudi Arabia as an electrical tech. If it is possible can I get uv express franchise for my balikbayan kabuhayan sa Pinas please help ty po.

  17. danielle cardino says:

    magkanu po magfranchise? line palang po b yun or may vehicle na rin?

    please reply asap

  18. Lilian B. Castillo says:

    Ano po website ng ltfrb to get a application form for uv franchising at list of requirements?

  19. ROMEO B. LEGASPI says:

    Dear Sir,

    Paano at saan po ba pwede mag-apply ng UV Express Franchise for VAN, at kung sakali po ay gaano ka tagal ang release.Ano-ano po ang requirements.Preferred route : Tanza, Cavite – MOA.
    Maraming salamat po.

  20. Ricky Brignas says:

    How to apply

  21. Ricky Brignas says:

    how to apply franchise Van in BOHOL how much it cost in how to apply?

  22. Ricky Brignas says:

    how to apply franchise Van in BOHOL

  23. Shiela Labay says:

    Dear Sir/Ma’am Interested po kami sa franchise ng uv express route from cavite to ptex. Pwede po ba malaman ano po mga requirements to apply. Mataraming salamat po.

  24. Christy Cabasan says:

    Dear sir and mam,

    Good morning.
    Like k po mag franchise NG uv dto sa zambales olongapo. Paano at saan po ako pwde mag apply?
    Thank you.

  25. BENITO PALMA says:


  26. BENITO PALMA says:

    what year model is acceptable for a tourist van rental for franchising

  27. Vida Tagay says:

    Paano ang process sa pagaapply ng franchise for UV express, magkano ang required na ba2yaran kung ang preferred route ay ever – mega, at kung gaanon katagal marelease? Thank you.

  28. Dela cruz ryan nill says:

    Good day sir innova diesel 2.8 silver gray 8 setters pwde po ba ehh apply as a uv Express pano po magkano,how many day to approve

  29. Fina Romero says:

    How to apply for uv express
    It’s still open? I’m from Cavite

  30. Arnulfo says:

    How to apply uv Express franchise of 1 unit tanks

  31. Chuck Blanco Castro says:

    paano po mag apply ng UV express Franchise
    from Olongapo to sta.Crus Zambales?

    salamat po..

  32. Evangeline Reymundo says:

    Good pm.open po b mgfrancise n adventure po ang ssakyan?may ngsabi po kse s aken n mga van po ang pede. Paano ko po malalaman kung legit un binebenta n prangkisa?

  33. joemar says:

    pano ang first step ,salamat po

  34. cecilialombos says:

    how to apply uv express franchise .Borongan to pasay?mgkano ang fees.at requirements

  35. Love A. Tabile says:

    Hello Sir/Madam,i would like to inquire how to franchise uv express(van) from Palmera/Tungko-Quiapo vice versa. How much will it cost and what documents will be needed for the application. And how long is the processing? Thank you very much. More power.

  36. Kline karen tamayo says:

    Magkano po kaya lahat magagastos pag naglakad ng pampasada na van.and pano po ang first step ?thank you

  37. Fernando Sarsosa Malig-on says:

    Hi I would like to franchise UV express from San Carlos via Baguio vise versa how much I need to prepare, thank you so much please reply

  38. Eduardo adamos says:

    I want to apply a uv pranchise how much it will cost and how long it will take please give me idea on this

  39. Eduardo adamos says:

    I want to apply a uv pranchise how much it will cost and how long it will take please give me idea on this
    . Thanks for the assistance

  40. marina garcia says:

    paano po makakuha ng prangkisa ng van byaheng dasma baclaran

  41. Estelito Buro Jr. says:

    Hi sir/mam.
    Inquire ko lang po kung magkano and franchise ng taxi NCR po ang route. Gusto ko po sana mag business nalng salamat po.

  42. Henry co says:

    Good morning sir,maam.open pa po b ang frankisa ng uv express,antipolo-megamall.ano po ang mga requirement?

  43. Dela cruz ryan nill says:

    Ang nababasa ko ay puro lang commento pero wala naman mga reply sana naman mag reply kayo

  44. Eric blaster says:

    You see guys everything here are just questions!no answer from these people,do you really believe that only php570.00 is the expenses?do you?people on that branch of goverment are all shark,leeches,and no dignity at all,all of them!

  45. Manuel M. Baltazar says:

    Ako po ay OFW, Tag Las pinas city. Nais ko po magkaroon ng UV express taxi SUCAT/MAKATI.

    Salamat po.

  46. Vilma Akmad says:

    Good day po. Isa po akung ofw galing Saudi almost 23 years po akung nagtrabaho dun. Nagdisisyon po ako mag resign sa trabaho ko dahil sa nakakuha ako ng hulugan na van na akala ko ay makakatulong sakin para maitaguyod ko ang aking pamilya kaso lalo lng po ako naghihirap sa ngaun kc po ndi po ako makabyahe dahil sa wala po itong franchise nag apply naman po ako kaso ndi naman ako makakuha nito…sana po mayroon kaung maitulong sa katulad naming ofw na gusto ng mag stay sa dto kasama ang mga mahal sa buhay..maraming salamat po sana matulungan nyo nmn po ako dahil problema ko po ang panghulog buwan buwan at nag aaral pa po ang aking anak….

  47. zoilo carino jr says:

    sir i would like to appply franchise line for marilao to sm north

  48. Marlon b. Sison says:

    Panu po mag avail ng uv or fx franchise at kung saan mga ruta salamat

  49. Cecil says:

    Sir meron pba naga daet pls send some info ty

  50. Eva says:

    How to apply for tourist rentals and how much will it cost ..Also how long will it take inn processing…

  51. Renato says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am finishing my contract as an OFW come October 2019. I am planning to go into UV
    Express business. Please advise what are the
    requirements of getting an LTFRB franchise.
    I met some operators but not satisfied of their explanation. One saying that I have to be a member of their cooperative, some saying LTFRB is not issuing new franchises now. Please assists me. Thanks. Renato C. Favila

  52. Ronald nillasca says:

    What are the requirements to submit? How many weeks? Days to release?
    Can pls send to. Me step by step.. Thank you

  53. Rosario a. Abulencia says:

    How will I apply for a UV Express cubao montalban route? Open pa po ba?

  54. Aileeen says:

    Bakit po ang pila at tagal ng waiting time araw araw sa pila ng Sangadaan- Baesa pila?
    Konti po ang byahe d2
    Prang 3-4 lng na fx
    Paki hanapan po nman ito ng solition

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