Driver Licensing

New to Manitoba

If you’ve moved to Manitoba and would like to obtain a Manitoba driver’s licence you have a few options:

If you do not have a driver’s licence from your home jurisdiction, you will need to successfully complete knowledge and road tests. Before taking these tests, you must register as a Manitoba Public Insurance customer and provide proper identification documents. The most convenient way to register is through an Autopac agent or a Service Centre. Once you’re registered as a customer you will need to book a knowledge test and a road test at an Autopac agency or Service Centre.

If you have a valid driver’s licence from a jurisdiction that does not have a reciprocal arrangement with Manitoba, you may operate a motor vehicle in Manitoba for up to three months. After three months you will be required to successfully complete a knowledge test and a road test. Before taking these tests you must register as a Manitoba Public Insurance customer and provide proper identification documents. The most convenient way to register is through an Autopac agent or a Service Centre. Once you’re registered as a customer you will need to book a knowledge test and a road test at an Autopac agency or Service Centre.

If you hold a valid driver’s licence from another jurisdiction, you may operate a motor vehicle in Manitoba for up to three months. After three months you will be required to exchange your valid out-of-province driver’s licence for an equivalent Manitoba licence without completing written and road tests.

Jurisdiction

Eligible to exchange for Manitoba Licence Class(es):

Canada (all provinces and territories)

All Classes (Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6)

*Air Brake endorsement must be indicated

If you live in a jurisdiction that uses a Graduated Driver Licensing system, you will receive credit toward the appropriate stage for the time you held your licence in your home jurisdiction.

United States and its territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands

Classes 5 and 6, Classes 1 – 4, only if the driver’s licence indicates Commercial Driver's Licence (CDL). If CDL is not indicated, further requirements may apply.

*Air Brake endorsement must be indicated.

If you live in a jurisdiction that uses a Graduated Driver Licensing system, you will receive credit toward the appropriate stage for the time you held your licence in your home jurisdiction.

Austria

Class 5 only

Federal Republic of Germany

Class 5 only

France

Class 5 only

Isle of Man

Class 5 and 6 only

Northern Ireland

Class 5 and 6 only

Ireland

Class 5 and 6 only

Republic of South Korea

Class 5 only

Switzerland

Class 5 and 6 only

Taiwan

Class 5 only

United Kingdom

Class 5 and 6 only

Canadian Forces Europe

Classes 5 and 6 only and proof of having held a valid Canadian licence within the previous four years must be provided.

Members of NATO forces visiting Manitoba, and their spouses, are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Class 5 Manitoba driver’s licence within three months of arrival, provided that they maintain a valid driver’s licence from their home jurisdiction. When applying for a Manitoba driver’s licence, reciprocity will be granted to members of NATO Forces personnel and their family members (subject to proof of military and/or dependent status). Reciprocity allows for exchange of a valid out-of-country licence for the equivalent Manitoba Class 5 or Class 6 licence without knowledge testing or road testing. Note that reciprocity is not available for driver’s licences from Denmark.

For members of the Canadian Armed Forces, if your Manitoba or out-of-province licence has lapsed, or if the licence was suspended for non-payment while you were actively serving, the military service record will be accepted to close the gap in the driver record. This will also be extended to your family members. If you are unable to produce required identification or proof of Manitoba residency, a Guarantor Form can be used and Military Police will be recognized to act as guarantors. There is also an escalation process in place that may allow for consideration of alternative documentation.

Military personnel who have military driving permits certified by the Department of National Defence (DND) may be eligible to upgrade their active Manitoba driver’s licence to permit operation of equivalent commercial class vehicles without having to complete knowledge or road testing. Medical reporting requirements would still apply.