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Driving license is a document authorizing the bearer to drive a motor vehicle.


Citizens or residents of Barbados who are at least 16 years old may obtain a Learner's Licence for private motor vehicles (if the applicant's parents or guardians give their consent). This is not a permanent licence.

If you are at least 18 years of age you may apply for a permanent licence to drive a private motor vehicle.

A person who is at least 20 years old can obtain a Licence for driving a commercial vehicle.

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Required Information

  • Full Name of Applicant
  • Address of Applicant
  • Date of birth of Applicant


  1. Proceed to the Ministry of Transport and Works which is located at Pine East-West Boulevard, St. Michael.
  2. A Regulation/Theory Test must be successfully completed before the applicant can apply for the permit.
  3. The applicant must supply a photo ID such as a passport or Barbados Identification Card and three passport-sized photos before sitting the Theory Test and paying the relevant fee before receiving the permit.
  4. The driving test will usually be taken within three months of the permit application being granted. A candidate on passing the driving test may obtain a licence by applying on the prescribed form and paying the relevant licence fee.
  5. A learner driver must be accompanied at all times by a licensed driver who has three years or more experience of driving the class of vehicle which the learner is driving and must display “L” signs conspicuously placed on the back and front of the vehicle. The “L” sign must not be displayed while the learner is not driving the vehicle.

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Required Documents

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1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.


Driving Licence And Permit Fees

  • Theory Test : $30.00
  • First issue of permit (valid for six months) : $80.00
  • Renewal of permit for three months : $35.00
  • Visitors permit : $10.00 for less than two months
  • Visitors Permit : $100.00 for two months and over and up to a maximum of one year.
  • Driving Licence Renewal for one year : $50
  • Driving Licence Renewal for three years : $125.00
  • Driving Licence Renewal for five years : $200.00
  • With effect from January 2010 persons 65 years and over will pay $25 per year for renewal of driving licences
  • There is a fee of $50.00 for vehicle investigations (when vehicles are off the road).

Other Fees

  • Bicycles - 25.00
  • Regulation Tests - 30.00
  • Highway Codes - 20.00
  • Conductor Badges - 80.00
  • Private Service Vehicle Badges - 70.00
  • Tariff Cards - 10.00
  • Limited Trade Plates(per pair) - 190.00
  • Provisional License Plates - 25.00
  • Special Permits - 25.00
  • Weight Certificates - 25.00
  • Vehicle Inspections - 100.00
  • Road Worthy Certificates - 25.00
  • Vehicle Investigations(new) - 50.00
  • Driving License Permits - 80.00


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Office Locations & Contacts

Office Locations

The Ministry of Transport and Works is located at Pine East-West Boulevard, St. Michael.

The Ministry has thirteen depots These are at:

  • Bagatelle, St. Thomas;
  • Bath, St. John;
  • Belleplaine, St. Andrew;
  • Chance Hall, St. Lucy;
  • Deacon’s Farm, St. Michael,
  • Golden Ridge, St. George;
  • Joe’s River ( which services St. Joseph and is located at Haggatt’s St. Andrew);
  • Prince Road, St. Michael;
  • South Point, Christ Church;
  • Prospect, St. James;
  • Jerusalem, St. Peter;
  • Richmond, St. Michael; and
  • Six Roads, St. Philip.


Minister - The Honourable John Boyce, MP

Permanent Secretary - Mr. Lionel Nurse

Chief Technical Officer - Mr. Frank Thornhill

Ministry Of Transport and Work

Pine East-West Boulevard, St. Michael, Barbados


Telephone: 246-429-2191

Fax: 246-437-8133

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