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Overview of Public Transport Permit Process

The steps to be considered when applying for a Permit for a Public Transport Vehicle in the Cayman Islands.

The Public Transport Unit invites individuals to become a transport provider.

There are six categories of Public Transport permits: Taxi, Tour, Omnibus, Watersports, Contract Hire/School Bus and Limousine.

Applicants must be 21 years or over to be eligible to apply. Operators must be Caymanian.

Once you have determined what category you wish to apply for, please follow the following steps.


  • Collect a payment slip from the Public Transport Unit (PTU) to sit the General Knowledge Test.
  • The test is conducted at the PTU every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and lasts one hour (except public holidays)
  • Please arrive 10 mins prior to start of the General Knowledge Test
  • You will be notified of your results by a PTU Officer

If you are not successful, step one may be repeated. The opportunity is granted to review your test paper on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

See a list of material you will be tested on:
  • Traffic Law (2011) & Public Passenger Vehicle Regulations (2014 Revision) - can be purchased at the Legislative Assembly (LA)
  • Know Your Cayman Islands Booklet – PRIDE, Department of Tourism – visit for more information.
  • First-Aid Questionnaire
  • Basic Mathematics Calculations


Once you have obtained a score of 70% or above, you are eligible to collect an application form at the PTU Office to proceed with your application.

There are two different applications:

  • Operators Application Form - If you are an employer, Caymanians Only
  • Drivers Form - A potential employee of a Public Transport Permit Holder. If not Caymanian, provide proof of Work Permit or Residency & Employments Right Certificate.


In addition to the application, you must attach the following:
  • Completed Application Form
  • Cover Letter - support your application by outlining your business proposal
  • Two Reference Letters
  • Application payment Receipt (Caymanians exempt)
  • Medical inclusive of laboratory results from HSA
  • Passport
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Proof of Immigration Status
  • Birth Certificate
  • Police Record
  • Traffic Record
  • 1 Passport Size Photo 2"x 3"
  • Work Permit Certificate - if applicable
  • Trade and Business Licenses – Employers only
  • Age 70+ driving certificate from DVDL – if applicable

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application Fees
  • Vehicles constructed or adapted to seat less than ten passengers - $75
  • Vehicles constructed or adapted to seat ten to twenty-five passengers - $100
  • Vehicles constructed or adapted to seat more than twenty-five passengers. - $125


After submitting a complete application to the PTU for processing, collect your receipt.

Once your application is considered by the Public Transport Board (PTB), you will be notified in writing of the Board's decision.

To renew a current permit, please note the following steps:

Step 1: PTU Inspection

Your vehicle must be presented to PTU for inspection. It must receive a passing grade before you can move on to step two.

Step 2: Submit Renewal Application

Submit a renewal application before the deadline as specified on the homepage of this website.

Step 3: Collect ID

If you are successful in your efforts to renew your permit, PTU will notify you when your ID is ready for collection.

Classification of Vehicles

Categories of vehicles as specified under the law include:

  • The provision of tours, whether or not pre-paid, for visitors to the Islands
  • The provision of a bus service on a bus route in accordance with a regular schedule
  • Plying for hire as a taxi
  • Contract hire
  • Such other services as many be specified in a direction given to the Board by the Governor under section 46 of the Law.

There are six categories of Public Transport permits: Taxi, Tour, Omnibus, Watersports, Contract Hire/School Bus and Limousine

Omnibus - a vehicle constructed or capable of being used for the carriage of more than nine persons, excluding the driver, which is licensed to carry passengers on a fare-paying basis or by private arrangement on a designated route approved by the Public Transport Board.

School vehicle – a vehicle used for the conveyance of school children for hire or reward.

Taxi - a vehicle constructed and used for the carriage of not more than fifteen persons, excluding the driver, which is permitted to stand or ply for casual hire for the conveyance of passengers and their luggage.

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