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Barbados - Apply for Learner Driver License

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  1. Go to the Barbados Licensing Authority to apply for a learner's permit.
  2. Complete an application form.
  3. Submit the completed form along with a photo ID such as a passport or Barbados Identification Card, 3 passport-sized photos and other required documents.
  4. Sit in and pass the Regulation/Theory Test.
  5. Pay the relevant fee before receiving the permit.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • A photo ID such as a passport or Barbados Identification Card, proof of age and residence
  • Three passport-sized photos
  • Declaration of medical fitness

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Ministry Of Transport and Works
Pine East-West Boulevard

Telephone: 246-429-2191
Fax: 246-437-8133


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  • Citizens or residents of Barbados
  • Minimum age: 16 years old

Note: The minor's parents or guardian must give their consent.


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


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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

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Processing Time[edit]

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Apply for learner's permit from the Barbados Licensing Authority.

A Regulation/Theory Test must be successfully completed before the applicant can obtain a permit.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Need for the Document[edit]

A Driving Licence is an official document certifying that the holder is suitably qualified to drive a motor vehicle or vehicles.

Before you can apply for a driving licence, you will need to obtain a learner's permit first. The permit will allow you to practice driving before taking the practical driving test.

Information which might help[edit]

Learning how to drive:

Once you obtain a learner's permit, you may now start practicing how to drive. Remember that you 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.

Driving test:

The driving test will usually be taken within three months from the time the learner's permit was issued. Upon passing the driving test, you may obtain a license by applying on the prescribed form and paying the relevant licence fee.

Foreign driver's license holders: A Barbadian who has obtained a licence abroad, or a new resident who holds a valid foreign licence, may apply for a Barbados driving licence from the Licensing Authority by submitting an application in the prescribed form and paying the relevant fee. A test may be required at the discretion of the Licensing Authority.

Visitors and Temporary Residents: If you hold a valid driving licence issued by the traffic authorities in your country of normal residence, you may apply for a temporary driving permit by applying to:

  • The Licensing Authority offices at The Pine, St. Michael, Oistins in Christ Church and Holetown in St. James
  • At any approved hired car agency.

There is a fee for the permit, which will be valid for one year or until the expiry of the applicants driving licence, whichever is the shorter time.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • Ministry of Transport and Works, Barbados:


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