Driver Licensing

Motorcycles - Class 6

The Class 6 Driver Licence Stages are:

MMotorcycle Training Course Stage – permits operation of a motorcycle while taking the motorcycle training course only

L Learner Stage

IIntermediate Stage

F Full Stage

Each stage has specific restrictions imposed on the new driver that will reduce the opportunity and likelihood for them to engage in risky driving behaviour.

Time within the Learner and Intermediate Stages is only earned if the driver holds a valid licence. The driver will not earn credit for time served in the stage if their licence is suspended, prohibited or expired.

To apply for a Class 6 (Motorcycle) licence, you must:

  • hold a valid licence of any other class and be at least 16 years of age.
  • pass a knowledge (written) test and meet the vision and medical standards. If you fail the knowledge test, you must wait a minimum of seven days before you may take another knowledge test.
  • successfully complete an approved Motorcycle Training Course.

Motorcycle Training Course

Prior to obtaining a Motorcycle Learner Licence, first-time motorcycle applicants must complete an approved Motorcycle Training Course. On the successful completion of the knowledge test you will be issued a motorcycle M Stage licence that will allow you take the Motorcycle Training Course only.

The Motorcycle Training Course is an approved one-day practical course that will provide the new motorcyclist with the basic skills required to operate a motorcycle. It is a user pay course offered at designated locations throughout the province. Contact your nearest Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance for further information on the recognized motorcycle training course.

Time spent in the M stage does not count toward the nine-month Learner Stage.

Class 6 Learner (L) Stage (minimum nine months)

On successful completion of the Motorcycle Training Course, you will be issued a certificate that you must present to your Autopac agent, Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre, or mobile testing unit before the Class 6 Learner Stage licence will be issued.

Once you have your Class 6 Learner Stage licence, you may operate a motorcycle following these restrictions:

  • maintain zero blood alcohol content while operating a motorcycle
  • carry no passengers

While in the Class 6 Learner Stage, you are not allowed to:

  • drive at night (1/2 hour before sunset to 1/2 hour after sunrise)
  • tow vehicles
  • operate off-road vehicles along or across a highway (unless you hold a minimum Class 5 Intermediate Stage licence)

Class 6 Intermediate (I) Stage (minimum 15 months)

To graduate to this stage, you must pass the Class 6 road test. If you fail the road test, you must wait a minimum of 14 days before you may take another road test.

During the Class 6 Intermediate Stage, you:

  • must maintain zero blood alcohol content
  • may carry a passenger
  • may tow a vehicle
  • may operate off-road vehicles along or across highways

You are only required to complete the Intermediate Stage once. Credit for time served in the Intermediate Stage in Class 6 will be given for the Intermediate Stage in Class 5 and vice versa.

Class 6 Full (F) Stage*:

On completion of the 15-month Intermediate Stage, you will graduate to the Full Licence Stage. For the first 36 months, you must continue to maintain zero blood alcohol content while operating a motorcycle.

*The law about blood alcohol content (BAC) changed as of December 2006.

If you entered GDL before the law changed:

  • you must have no alcohol in your blood for the first 12 months

If you entered GDL after the law changed:

  • you must have no alcohol in your blood for the first 36 months.