Driver Licensing

Overview

You are able to renew your licence, provide changes and have your photo taken at any Autopac agent.

If you are applying for your first driver’s licence, renewing or are moving to Manitoba, your Autopac agent will be happy to help you.

If you have held a driver’s licence in another country, we require certain information so we can determine the Class and Stage of licence you should hold in Manitoba.

If you want a driver’s licence you can use to cross the U.S. border by land or water, consider an Enhanced Driver’s Licence

First Driver's Licence

To obtain your first driver's licence, you must be at least 16 years old, or 15-1/2 if enrolled in the High School Driver Education program. If you are not in Driver Education you should:

  • Visit an Autopac agent with your identity documents and register as a Manitoba Public Insurance customer. You must meet identity requirements.
  • The agent will provide you with a document – it’s called a Change Particulars – that you will need to take the knowledge test you must pass before you get a Learner’s permit.

Later, you will also have to pass a road test. If you are successful in both, you will be on your way to earning full driving privileges.

Your driver’s licence is made up of two costs:

  • a $20 fixed fee, and
  • $45 base driver premium

If you keep driving safely, your licence will cost less over time. You can save up to $30.

All new drivers should consider taking lessons from a driving school with a valid permit.

Under Manitoba’s Graduated Driver Licensing program, you will be given a Learner's Permit after you pass the knowledge test, for a minimum of nine months. This is followed by an Intermediate licence, issued for a minimum of 15 months, and after that comes a Full licence.

Each stage puts specific restrictions on the new driver to encourage good, safe driving. The GDL program does not discriminate by age, gender or geographic location.

Your Photo and More

A key part of your licence is your photograph. So, when you get your first licence, you need to get your picture taken at any Autopac agent or at one of our Service Centre locations.

Your driver’s licence also shows what class of licence you have, and what stage of GDL you’re in.

A number from 1 to 6 shows the class of licence you have.

One or more of the following letters shows the stage of GDL you’re in:

  • L – Learner
  • I – Intermediate
  • F – Full
  • A – Authorized Instruction
  • M – Motorcycle Training Course only

Driver's Licence Addendum

A Driver's Licence Addendum is required when a driver has conditions on his or her licence, and these conditions and their descriptions exceed the print space on the licence. If you have been issued a Driver's Licence Addendum it must be carried with your driver's licence (temporary or permanent) at all times by law.

Donor Card

The other card many drivers carry with their licence is the Donor Card. By signing a donor card, you can indicate your wish to donate organs or tissue for transplant, research or education.

Donor cards are available wherever you renew your driver’s licence or Autopac policy. For more information about organ donation visit signupforlife.ca.

Lost or stolen driver’s licences

If your driver’s licence has been lost or stolen, replace it as soon as possible at your nearest Autopac agent or Service Centre. You will need to have your photo taken and, if possible, please provide another form of identification (e.g., birth certificate, vehicle registration card, Manitoba Health card, citizenship card or passport). A temporary paper licence will be issued to you the same day and the permanent driver’s licence card will be mailed to you in approximately 10 – 12 days. Discard the temporary paper copy once you receive the permanent card.

Replacement costs

If your driver’s licence has been stolen and you report it to the police, you will receive a police incident number. There will be no charge to replace your driver’s licence if you provide this number to the Autopac agent or Service Centre.

If you’ve lost your driver’s licence, there will be a $10 replacement charge ($15 for an Enhanced Driver’s Licence) that must be paid at the Autopac agent or Service Centre when you request a replacement licence.

Change of Name or Address

You are required to report changes in your name or address in person within 15 days to your Autopac agent or any Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre. At that time, a new photo will be taken.

For more information, visit or call your Autopac agent, or contact Manitoba Public Insurance at 204-985-7000 in the Winnipeg calling area or toll-free 1-800-665-2410.

Illegal Use of Driver’s Licence

You may be fined and your driver’s licence suspended if you misuse a driver’s licence. Examples of misuse include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • allowing someone else to use your driver’s licence;
  • misrepresenting yourself when applying for a driver’s licence;
  • using an outdated or otherwise invalid licence;
  • altering, in any way, a registration card, a licence, a motor vehicle liability insurance card or a certificate of insurance;
  • providing false identification when applying for a driver’s licence or permit, or
  • holding, at any time, more than one valid driver’s licence

Manitoba's One Piece Driver's Licence

Card Features

Please note: The Manitoba One Piece Driver’s Licence cannot be used to cross the U.S. border. If you are seeking a licence to drive that you can also use to cross the U.S. border (by land or water only), the Manitoba Enhanced Driver’s Licence (EDL) is the right choice for you. Find out more about the EDL here.