How to apply for an identification card

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The Enhanced card program is ending

Enhanced Identification Cards and Enhanced driver’s licences will be discontinued by June 2022.

Current Enhanced cardholders are encouraged to transition at no cost to a regular driver’s licence or identification card – click here for more information. To learn more about alternative documents for international travel, click here.

Identification card

Manitoba Public Insurance offers an optional Manitoba Identification Card for Manitobans who do not have a driver’s licence.

  • The card provides proof of age, identity and Manitoba residency.
  • It is voluntary. No one is required to have one.
  • The card cannot be used to enter the United States.

Eligibility

You can apply for a Manitoba Identification Card if you:

  • are a Manitoba resident
  • are entitled to be in Canada
  • do not already hold a driver’s licence

If you are under 18, your parents must co-sign your application.

If you have a valid Manitoba driver’s licence but want to replace it with a Manitoba Identification Card, you can go to an MPI Service Centre or any Autopac agent, surrender your driver’s licence, and apply for a Manitoba Identification Card for $10. If you are 65 and over, you can surrender your driver’s licence and obtain a Manitoba Identification Card for free.

Required documents

You will need original supporting documents that prove your:

  • birth date
  • full legal name
  • photograph
  • Manitoba residency and permanent address (please note that two supporting documents are required and they must be dated within 90 days of the date of application)

Use the Proving My Identity tool to determine the documents you need.

Documents must be originals, not photocopies. Electronic scans of these documents will be kept on file by MPI.

If you cannot provide one of the acceptable documents to prove your photograph or residency, in exceptional cases the MPI Guarantor Declaration Form may be used. You can download a copy of the Guarantor Declaration Form or you can ask an Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre representative to print the form for you.

Cost

The Manitoba Identification Card costs $20, including the photograph. (This fee may be waived under certain circumstances. See an Autopac agent for details.)

It’s good for up to five years and costs $20 to renew. A valid card may be replaced for $10 if it is lost, destroyed or damaged.

How to apply

  1. Gather all the necessary original required documents to meet the application requirements.
  2. Take your documents to any Autopac agent or a MPI Service Centre and register as an MPI customer (if you are not already a customer). If you provide your Manitoba birth certificate to support your application, you will also be asked to consent, in writing, to MPI verifying your birth certificate information with the Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency.
  3. The agent will take your photograph and will capture your signature digitally.
  4. If your application is approved, your card will be mailed to you within 10 business days. If you do not receive your card within 10 business days of your application, it is very important that you notify an Autopac agent or MPI. MPI will be able to determine if there is a possibility that your card has been stolen or lost in transit. If so, MPI will ask you to report this to police in order to protect your privacy.