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Bonaire island has new license plates.

The Finance Department of the Island Government (Public Body Bonaire) has recently advised that new vehicle license plates are available for pickup between the dates of June 17 and 28, 2019.

The department has taken all steps to minimize inconvenience as much as possible for those needing to collect their Bonaire license plates.  Extra staff is available to assist, and the department will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM for the collection of the Bonaire license plates.

When to go.

Between the dates of June 17 through 28, 2019, residents and/or business with no more than four vehicles may pick up their new plates without an appointment. Those who are unable to collect their new Bonaire license plates during this period can telephone for an appointment to do so.  Residents and/or companies with more than four vehicles in their name may collect their plates by appointment between July 1 and August 31.  Call +599 717-5330 extension 2637, or send an email to The department tries to process requests by e-mail within one working week.




Where to go.

First, report to the Finance Department of the Public Body Bonaire.  Their offices are located at J.A. Abraham Boulevard 27 (across from the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort).  Here, your verification data will be controlled, and then, once all is deemed well, you will be able to pick up your new license plates at a counter nearby.

What to bring.

Please check to make sure you have original documents of these items with you.  You will not need to leave original documents, but the office must see originals.  Please note that an online document, such as that for online bank payments, is considered an original document.

  1. Valid Identification.  This can be your island sedula, a passport, or local driver’s license.
  2. Proof of payment for the motor vehicle tax assessment 2019 (or at least the first half year).
  3. Proof of payment (see below) for the fee for the new license plates.
  4. Proof of valid vehicle insurance.
  5. Businesses must also bring an excerpt from the Chamber of Commerce.

Ensure you make payment in advance for the Bonaire license plates fee.

The fee covering the issuance of the new vehicle license plates is $8.40 for vehicles or $5.60 for motorcycles.  This can be paid online using the following accounts.  Be sure your payment order includes both your license plate number and your CRIB number.

Bank accounts to be used to make payment:

Maduro & Curiel’s Bank (Bonaire): 40291708

RBC: 8400000180872997

Orco Bank: 7601000195

Banko di Caribe: 30638802.


Collection via proxy.

If you are unable to collect the new Bonaire license plates yourself, you may assign a proxy to do so.  Your proxy must have all the same original documentation captioned above, but, in addition, have a signed authorization form (available to download in PDF).


Residents:  Donate your plates to the Bonaire Animal Shelter!

Residents are encouraged to bring their old Bonaire license plates to Carib Inn.  For many years, Bruce Bowker, owner and manager of the Carib Inn, has sold the license plates to visiting tourists and donated 100% of the proceeds to the Bonaire Animal Shelter.  For those living on Bonaire, drop off the old plates at Carib Inn, and a cat or dog who is awaiting their forever home will thank you.

Visitors:  Keep your collection of Bonaire license plates going!

Drop by Carib Inn on your next visit to Bonaire, and purchase one of the vintage license plates.  Once again, you’ll have the thanks and love of a kitten or puppy, or senior cat or dog, from the animal shelter who is awaiting a new home.

(Source:  Public Body Bonaire)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

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