Self Drive - Road Traffic Department

This service is for the registration of a vehicle bearing a Self Drive plate.


There are no eligibility requirements for this service.


The following steps are applicable when registering a Private Schedule Franchise:

  1. The applicant having been granted a Self Drive plate must take the relevant documentation to the Road Traffic Department Inspection Centre.
  2. The Inspector will verify all relevant information and inspect the vehicle.
  3. Upon being satisfied with the condition of the tires, condition of bus seats, bus reflectors, tints etc., the inspector will issue 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 Vehicle Information Disc for payment.
  7. The applicant must take Vehicle Information Disc and Pass Inspection Certificate to the Cashier for validation.
  8. The Cashier will inform the applicant of the required fees to have Vehicle Information Disc and Inspection Certificate validated.


Application Form(s):

Application for Self Drive Franchise

Supporting Documents:

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


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 month of May and October.

Related Fee(s):

Vehicle Registration:

  •        Group A – BS$160 – vehicle less than 5,000lbs
  •        Group B – BS$560 – vehicle between 5,000lbs and 15,000lbs
  •        Group C – BS$760 – vehicles over 15,000lbs

Inspection fee: BS$35
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