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Barbados - Apply for Driver License

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Procedure[edit]

Apply In-Person

  1. Step 1 - Obtain Learner’s Permit
    1. Visit your nearest licensing authority to make an application. A Learner's Permit is essential for obtaining a Permanent License.
    2. You will need to apply in the prescribed format to the Licensing Authority along with your
      • passport-sized photographs,
      • proof of your age and residence,
      • declaration of medical fitness
      • The required fee of $80.
    3. The application document is provided by the licensing authority.
  2. Step 2 – Take the regulations Test
    1. After verification of your documents, you will have to go through the Regulations Test. A handbook of traffic , signs and regulations is providrulesed with the application form. On passing the Regulations Test, you will be issued a Learner's Permit. If you fail the test, you will be given a chance to take the test again.
    2. A fee of $30.00 is charged or the regulation test.
  3. Step 3 - Enrol in a driving school.
  4. Step 4 – Take the driving test
    • For obtaining a License, you must have a valid Learner's Permit and must apply after 30 days and within 180 days of issue of the Learner's Permit.
    • You should be conversant about vehicle systems, driving, and traffic rules regulations.
    • You will be put through a driving test by Licensing Authority, for which you must bring a vehicle with you.
    • A fee of $ 100 is charged for the driving test.
    • On passing the test, you can now apply for your Driver's License.
  5. Step 5 - Apply for a drivers licence.
    1. A candidate on passing the driving test may obtain a licence by applying on the prescribed form provided by the Licensing Authority and paying the relevant licence fee.
    2. The fee charged for the drivers licence depends on the validity period you seek
      • 1 year validity $50.00
      • 3 years validity$125.00
      • 5 years validity $200.00
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Required Documents[edit]

  • Attested copy of address proof
  • Attested copy of Birth Certificate
  • Valid passport
  • Two passport size photographs
  • Proof of payment of application fees
  • Declaration of medical fitness
  • Valid driving license ( in case you are applying for an international driving licence)
  • Valid Visa( in case you are applying for an international driving licence)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Barbados Licensing Authority – Holetown
Address: Highway 1, Holetown, Barbados
Phone: +1 246 – 432 – 0119
Opening Hours: (Monday to Friday 8:30am till 3pm) (closed on Saturday and Sunday)
Co-ordinates: Latitude: 13.185801 Longitude: -59.637994

Barbados Licensing Authority – Oistins
Address: Southern Plaza, Oistins, Barbados
Phone: +1 246 – 428 – 2960
Opening Hours: (Monday to Friday 8:30am till 3pm) (closed on Saturday and Sunday)
Co-ordinates: Latitude: 13.065505 Longitude: -59.546065

Barbados Licensing Authority -The Pine, St. Michael
Address: Pine East – W Blvd, Bridgetown, Barbados
Phone: +1 246 – 467 – 7300
Opening Hours: (Monday to Friday 8:30am till 3pm) (closed on Saturday and Sunday)
Co-ordinates: Latitude: 13.099705 Longitude: -59.582804

Barbados Licensing Authority -Warrens, St. Michael
Address: Warrens Towers 11, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados
Phone: +1 246 – 622 – 1618
Opening Hours: (Monday to Friday 8:30am till 3pm) (closed on Saturday and Sunday)
Co-ordinates: Latitude: 13.14093 Longitude: -59.61191

Barbados Licensing Authority -Roebuck Street, St. Michael
Address: Roebuck Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados
Phone: +1 246 – 467 – 1100
Opening Hours: (Monday to Friday 8:30am till 3pm) (closed on Saturday and Sunday)
Co-ordinates: Latitude: 13.102803 Longitude: -59.610315

Eligibility[edit]

  • Citizens or residents of Barbados
  • Minimum age: 16 years old for a temporary licence. ( The minor's parents or guardian must give their consent)
  • If you are at least 18 years of age you may apply for a permanent license to drive a private motor vehicle.
  • A person who is at least 20 years old can obtain a License for driving a commercial vehicle.
  • Must not be suffering from any such disease or physical disability which may result to you causing a road accident while driving.
  • Must undergo a driving test and you pass.

Fees[edit]

  • Learner's Permit ( first issue- valid for six months) $80.00
  • Learner's Permit Renewal (Valid for three months) $35.00
  • Regulation Test $30.00
  • Driving Test $100.00
  • Driving licence
  • 1 year validity $50.00
  • 3 years validity $125.00
  • 5 years validity $200.00
  • International Driver's License $65.00

Validity[edit]

  • The learners permit is valid for 180 days after which a renewal of 90 days can be issued.
  • The validity of the driving licence will either be for a period of twelve (12) months or three (3) years or five (5) years from the date of issue at the option of the holder
  • Interim driving licenses are only valid for 1 year after which, you are expected to have your full license which is valid for a period of twelve (12) months or three (3) years depending on the license you paid for.
  • However, your license shall lose its validity, if it gets cancelled due to any action that in violation of Barbados traffic laws.
  • Note that persons 65 years of age and over are required to renew their licence every year

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Processing Time[edit]

  • Learners permit is issued immediately after taking and passing the regulation test
  • The driving test will usually be taken within three months of the permit application being granted.
  • The drivers licence is issued after a period of 5 working days.

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Instructions[edit]

Step 1: Obtain a Learner's Permit. A Learner's Permit is essential for obtaining a Permanent License. You will need to apply in the prescribed format to the Licensing Authority. Along with your passport-sized photographs, proof of your age and residence, declaration of medical fitness and the required fee.
Step 2:Regulations Test. After verification of your documents, you will have to go through the Regulations Test. A handbook of traffic rules, signs and regulations is provided with the application form. On passing the Regulations Test, you will be issued a Learner's Permit. If you fail the test, you will be given a chance to take the test again.
Step 3: Driving test. For obtaining a License, you must have a valid Learner's Permit and must apply after 30 days and within 180 days of issue of the Learner's Permit. You should be conversant about vehicle systems, driving, and traffic rules regulations. You will be put through a driving test, for which you must bring a vehicle with you. On passing the test, you will be issued your Driver's License.

Required Information[edit]

  1. Date of Birth.
  2. Place of birth
  3. Driving School name
  4. Driving Licence Category
  5. Residential Address
  6. Working Telephone Number
  7. Medical fitness condition

Need for the Document[edit]

  • The driving license is issued as an authority to allow a person to drive a motor vehicle of any class on a road in Barbados.
  • No person will be allowed to drive a motor vehicle on road in Barbados unless he is the holder of a valid driving license or a learners permit endorsed in respect of that class of vehicle.
  • Any person driving a motor vehicle on a road is required by law carry his driving license or learners permit, and on being so required by a police officer, produce it for examination.
  • The driving licence shows compliance with Barbados traffic laws regarding driving.

Information which might help[edit]

  • A Driving License is an official document certifying that the holder is suitably qualified to drive a motor vehicle or vehicles. Under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, no person can drive a motor vehicle in any public place unless he holds a valid Driving License issued to him, authorizing him to drive a vehicle of that particular category.
  • It is illegal to drive without wearing a seat belt and any children under the age of 5 must be in a car seat.
  • Drink driving is an offence although having unopened alcohol in the vehicle is not.
  • The speed limit is 60 mph or 37 kilometres per hour although it depends which roads you are using as the limit varies. The limits are usually clearly displayed on road signs.

other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

The driving licence can be used as can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • Barbados Integrated Government – driver licence :Driver License
  • Ministry of foreign affairs and foreign trade of Barbados - Travelling to Barbados :Refer Link
  • Driving licensing :Refer Link

Others[edit]

  • In Barbados they drive on the left hand side of the road. In order to drive it is necessary to have a Barbadian driving permit which is available from car rental companies, the Ministry of Transport or police stations at a cost of BBD$10.
  • The permit is valid for one year and to obtain one you must have a valid driving licence or international licence.
  • Although it is not long since road signs were rather rudimentary the Barbadians are now proud of their new universal signage. Roads are not always good –there are few pavements and there are potholes which it is advisable to avoid. The roads also have more than their fair share of roundabouts. The speed limit is 60 mph or 37 kilometres per hour although it depends which roads you are using as the limit varies. The limits are usually clearly displayed on road signs..