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Bahamas - Registering a Boat/Ski for Commercial Use

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It is a requirement of The Government of The Bahamas that all boats/skis to be used commercially must be registered. The registration process at the Port Department is one designed to assist the boat owners in getting their licenses in an efficient manner.


Boat/ski owners must be Bahamian. It should be noted that the water sports industry in The Bahamas is strictly for Bahamians only.

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Required Information

  • Name of Boat
  • Length
  • Date last hauled
  • Class of Registration applied for
  • Name and Postal Address of Owner
  • Age of Owner
  • Nationality of Owner
  • Name and Address of Master
  • Names of Crew
  • Type and Number of Fire Extinguisher fitted
  • Life Savings equipment carried
  • Make and H.P. of engines
  • List Auxilliary Machinery


  1. To registration for a Commercial License the applicant must fill out and submit an application Form to the Port Department Office on New Providence or any of the other Port Department offices listed below.
  2. The applicant would be scheduled to go before the New Providence Port Authority Board (NPPAB) for consideration.
  3. The Port Department evaluates the vessel to ensure that it has adequate crew and determine a limit the maximum amount of passengers that can be safely transported on boat.
  4. If approval is granted, the applicant must provide all supporting documents and pay the appropriate Boat Registration and Inspection Fees.
  5. The boat MUST then be inspected by a Port Department Inspector.
  6. Once approval is granted by the Inspector the Commercial License is issued.

Application Form for Registering a Boat link:

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Required Documents

  • A valid form of photo identification (i.e. Passport, Voters Card, etc.)
  • A business license
  • Proof of ownership of the boat (i.e. Bill of Sale, Charter Contract, etc.)
  • A valid insurance certificate


  • Boats under 15 feet in length


  • Boats 15 feet or over and under 25 feet in length


  • Boats 25 feet or over and under 50 in length


  • Boats 50 feet or over and under 100 feet in length


  • Boats 100 feet or over in length


  • Boats 100 feet or over in length


  • Duplicate certificate

Inspection Fees

  • Boats under 15 feet in length


  • Boats 15 feet or over and under 25 feet in length


  • Boats 25 feet or over and under 50 in length


  • Boats 50 feet or over and under 100 feet in length


  • Boats 100 feet or over in length



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Processing Time

Registering a boat/ski for commercial use may take one to two months depending on when the application is submitted. The deciding board meets on the last Thursday in the month.

Office Locations & Contacts

New Providence Offices

  • Prince George Wharf

P.O. Box N-8175
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 322-1596 or 326-7654
Fax. (242) 322-5545

  • Dock Master’s Office

Potter’s Cay
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 393-1064
Fax. (242) 394-1240

  • Grand Bahama Office

P.O. Box F 2044
Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 352-9163
Fax. (242) 351-4538

  • Abaco Office

P.O. Box Ab 20922
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 367-0038
Fax. (242) 367-0041

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