Your Jamaican driver's licence expires every five years on your birthday. However, you have the option of renewing it up to 30 days before it expires.
It is illegal to drive in Jamaica without a current driver's licence. Driving with an expired licence is the same as never having been issued with one.
Jamaicans residing in Canada may renew their Jamaican driver’s license whilst residing overseas. To renew your driver's licence, the licensee should delegate a person who is in Jamaica to transact business on their behalf. The application form for Driver’s Licence Transactions (Form 7) should be filled out and signed by the applicant in the presence of a Notary Public or a Consular Officer at the Jamaican High Commission in Ottawa or the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto. The Notary Public or the Consular Officer must sign and affix his stamp/seal to the form.
A recent passport-sized photograph of the licensee should also be certified and stamped by the authorised officer, who should also verify that the person is literate. Photographs must not be more than six months old.
Having done this, a notarized authorisation letter for the person delegated, the expired driver's licence, notarised form and photograph must be submitted to the collectorate for processing. To collect the new driver’s licence, the person delegated must present a proper valid ID.
Processing will take place once the fee, depending on the licence type, is paid. See a list of driver's licence fees.
For more information, contact:
Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ)
Customer Care Centre
Toll Free: 1-888-TAX-HELP (local)
Toll Free: 1-888-829-4357
Toll Free: 1-888-GO-JATAX (USA)
Telephone: (876) 902-9463
FAX: (876) 902-9494