The Vehicle Registration Process In Bermuda
So you’re bringing your car with you and you want to know how to register it to the island nation of Bermuda. Before we get into that, note that Bermuda law requires drivers to be on the left-hand side of the road and the speed limits are marked in kilometers per hour versus miles per hour.
That said, registering, maintaining and applying for car registration in the country is relatively straightforward.
Registering A Vehicle
First things first is a list of the following documents.
- A completed car registration form
- Proof of residence
- Proof of insurance
- A bill of sale
People who are not residents of the island are barred by law against driving a four-wheeled vehicles. Scooters are still game though.
In addition to those documents, there are a number of fees associated with registering the car, including one for a license plate, one for a registration fee and a license. Those fees are also determined by the class of the vehicle and the age of the driver.
For our readers that are planning on registering an imported car in Bermuda, our shipping page for the island provides a thorough look at what’s involved in the process. As with any of our services, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, or provide a complementary cost estimate.
Getting A License In Bermuda
Unlike other countries where licenses are good for several years, drivers in Bermuda have to renew their license (spelled license in the country) once a year. Licenses are good for private cars, auxiliary vehicles and motorcycles.
Obtaining your license also requires a handful of items to be checked off. Those items are
- Your vehicle passing the vehicle examination
- Having a major credit card
- Having a copy of the valid, up-to-date car registration
It should be noted that you can renew your license online if you desire.
Driving Etiquette & Tips For Bermuda
The country’s roads have a slew of vehicles on the road including taxis, buses, mini buses, scooters, mopeds, limos and, of course, other cars. The roads are notoriously narrow and accidents involving motorbikes are a common. Thick vegetation usually borders both sides of the road
More importantly, there is no defined shoulder on the roads, resulting in cars blocking most of a lane when they pull off to the side. While there’s a maximum speed limit of 35 kph/21mph on the island, most locals tend to speed above the limit. Thankfully the traffic is moderate.
Another noteworthy feature of the road are roundabouts that dot the island and can easily confuse drivers unaccustomed to driving on the left-hand side of the road.
Tourists are prohibited from driving cars on the road so they often use motorbikes to get around.
Vehicle, Licensing & Driving Resources
License Registration & Renewal - A government portal for the nation of Bermuda that provides a list of requirements to obtain a license as well as a table of registration fees.
U.S. State Department Travel Portal - A breakdown of island nation of Bermuda including laws, driving customs and travel tips.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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