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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.

Following is a procedure on how you can apply for a learner's permit / learner's driver license.


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

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

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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

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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

  • 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


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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Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry Of Transport and Works
Pine East-West Boulevard

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


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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 applicant’s driving licence, whichever is the shorter time.

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External Links

  • Ministry of Transport and Works, Barbados:


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