Private Charter - Road Traffic Department

This service is for the registration of a vehicle bearing a Private Charter plate. Private Charter Vehicles operate pre-arranged tour transfers or sightseeing tours.


To obtain a Private Charter Franchise, an applicant must be in possession of a valid Public Service Driver’s Licence.


The following steps are applicable when registering a public service franchise (Private Charter):

  1. The applicant having been granted a Private Charter plate must take the relevant documentation to the Road Traffic Department Inspection Centre to have their Public Service vehicle inspected.
  2. Inspector will verify all relevant information and inspect the vehicle.
  3. Upon being satisfied with the fitness of the vehicle the inspector will issue an Inspection Information Form (only for new vehicles) and an Inspection Pass Certificate.
  4. The applicant must take the required documents, along with the Inspection Pass Certificate to the Road Traffic Department Franchise Unit (Clarence Bain Building) for registration of the vehicle.
  5. The Registration Clerk will verify that the relevant vehicle and franchise information provided meets the requirements of the department. If satisfactory, the Clerk will register the public service vehicle.
  6. The Registration Clerk will calculate fees and issue the Vehicle Information Disc for payment.
  7. The applicant must take the vehicle Information Disc and Pass Inspection Certificate to the Cashier for validation.
  8. The Cashier will inform the applicant of the required fees to the have Vehicle Information Disc and Inspection Certificate validated.
  9. Upon payment of the required fees by the applicant, the Cashier will issue the valid Vehicle Information Disc and Inspection Permit.


Please apply at:

Road Traffic Department
Thomas A. Robinson
National Stadium
P.O. Box N 1615
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas

Application Form(s):

Applicant will be required to complete a Road Traffic Vehicle Information Form available at the Road Traffic Department, Franchise Unit.

Supporting Documents:

  • Proof of Age Document (Passport, Birth Certificate or Voter’s Card)
  • Valid Public Service Driver’s Licence
  • Valid Certificate of Insurance or Cover Note
  • Valid Business Licence
  • Franchise Grant Letter
  • Franchise receipt


The month of May is Public Service month when all Public Service Vehicles are licensed. Also, inspection is done twice a year for Public Service Vehicles during the months of May and October.

Related Fee(s):

  • Vehicle Registration:
    •     Group A – BS$160.00 – vehicle less than 5,000 lbs
    •     Group B – BS$560.00 – vehicle between 5,001 lbs and 15,000 lbs
    •     Group C – BS$760.00 – vehicles over 15,000 lbs
  • Inspection fee: BS$35.00
  • Public Service Fee: BS$20.00


Contact Us:

For more information, you may contact the Road Traffic Department at the address below:

Franchise Unit:

Thomas A. Robinson Stadium
Eastern Entrance Section 4
P.O. Box N-1615
Nassau, The Bahamas

Tel.: (242)604-5423-6  |  (242)604-5434


Agency Contact Info:

Road Traffic Department
Eastern Entrance Section 4
P O Box N-1615
Nassau, The Bahamas


Tel.: (242)604-5402  |  (242)604-5428

Fax: (242)322-8910