Testing for your Class 5 licence

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In Manitoba, a Class 5 licence allows you to operate a passenger vehicle, a bus (not carrying passengers), a truck with two axles as well as a moped and Class 3 vehicle registered as a farm truck. Find out more here.

To obtain a Full Stage Class 5 licence, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age (or enrolled in Driver Z) with consent of either a parent or legal guardian, if under 18 years of age.
  • Establish your identification and register as a Manitoba Public Insurance customer.
  • Meet the required vision and medical standards.
  • Pass a knowledge test.
  • Complete the Learner Stage (minimum nine months).
  • Pass a road test.
  • Complete the Intermediate Stage (minimum 15 months).

Establishing your identity and registering as a customer

You will need to register as a customer before you can schedule your knowledge test appointment.

This will speed up the process because we can begin verifying your identification right away. That means your photo card can be processed without delay once you’ve passed the test.

You’ll also avoid any surprises or delays that could result on the day of the test if you don’t bring the right identification.

Find out how to establish your identity and register as a customer here.

Vision and medical standards

If you have a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive safely, you must inform Driver Fitness before taking the knowledge test:

Driver Fitness
Box 6300
Winnipeg Manitoba R3C 4A4
Phone: 204-985-1900 or toll-free 1-866-617-6676

If a medical report is required, it must be approved by Driver Fitness before you can take the knowledge test.

Those who fail to meet minimum vision standards, with or without corrective lenses, cannot obtain a driver's licence. If corrective lenses are required for driving, this will be indicated on your licence.

Knowledge test

About the test

The Class 5 knowledge test assesses your knowledge of traffic laws, safe driving practices and recognition of road signs. To prepare for your knowledge test, review the Driver’s Handbook and take our driving quizzes.

Cost

A knowledge test costs $10.

Time limits and guidelines

There is a 30-minute time limit to complete a knowledge test. It is not an open book test. It is administered using a computer.

Cell phones and electronic devices are not allowed in the test area.

Languages

Knowledge tests are available in English and French. In addition, we provide knowledge testing in 28 other languages:

Amharic

Kurdish

Arabic

Lao

Bosnian

Low German

Simplified Chinese

Polish

Cree

Portuguese

Croatian

Punjabi

Czech

Romanian

Farsi

Russian

German (High)

Saulteaux

Hindi

Serbian

Hungarian

Spanish

Italian

Tagalog

Khmer

Ukrainian

Korean

Vietnamese

Please specify your language preference and needs when booking your appointment.

Next steps

After passing a knowledge test and meeting the visual and medical standards, you will be required to purchase a licence for $20, plus base driver premium charges of up to $45 and any applicable additional driver premium. With this licence, you will be in the Learner Stage of the GDL program for a minimum of nine months.

If you are in the GDL program and are not successful on your knowledge test, there is a seven-day waiting period before you may take the test again.

If you are outside of the GDL program, you can repeat a knowledge test the next working day.

Road test – About the test

Once you can perform the basic driving techniques, are at least 16 years of age and have held a Learner’s stage Class 5 licence for at least nine months, you can take a road test.

The Class 5 road test not only measures your ability to operate a Class 5 vehicle, it also identifies errors that need to be corrected. You will be required to operate your vehicle in typical traffic situations in a safe and legal manner. You will be judged on your driving skills. For a full list of driving skills and details on how to perform them safely on your test and beyond, please review your Driver’s Handbook.

Location

Road tests must be booked at your closest location. Winnipeg residents must take their Class 5 road test at Winnipeg Service Centre.

Cost

A road test costs $30.

Languages

All road tests are conducted in English or French. Examiners use straightforward and clear language when giving directions. To prepare for the road test, you should be familiar with the following terms:

  • Right turn
  • Left turn
  • Parallel park
  • Intersection
  • Stop

Only the examiner and the driver are allowed in the vehicle during the road test.

If you are not fluent in English, we recommend you bring an English speaking person with you to the appointment so they can help translate basic instructions and expectations before the road test begins. They can also translate the results after your road test is completed. Please note: This person can't come with you on the road test.

Class 5 road test scoring

A class 5 road test will be discontinued as soon as one of the following occurs:

  • The driver fails the parallel parking exercise.
  • The driver performs a dangerous or illegal act that results in an automatic failure.
  • The driver accumulates 11 general errors on the road test.

Whenever possible, the parallel parking exercise will be performed at the start of the test.

As soon as one of these actions occurs, the driver examiner will direct the driver back to the service centre or mobile location. The driver must request, schedule, and pay for another road test to make another attempt.

Road test – Preparing for the test

Review the rules of the road

To pass your test, you need to be able to perform a number of driving skills and techniques, including:

For a full list of driving skills and details on how to perform them safely on your test and beyond, please review your Driver’s Handbook.

Top 10 driving tips

After analyzing the top high-risk driving behaviours shown during road tests, below are the top 10 tips to correct dangerous actions and keep our roads safe for all Manitobans:

1. Exceeding the posted speed limit (especially in school zones).

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2. & 3. Unable to properly parallel park within three attempts or four minutes, and striking the poles within parallel parking.

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4. & 5. Failing to make a proper left turn, and turning in front of oncoming traffic.

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6. Proceeding from a stop sign when it’s not safe because of pedestrians or other vehicles.

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7. Entering an intersection on a red light or entering on a late yellow light and failing to clear before the light turns red.

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8. Stopping unnecessarily where there’s no stop sign or other traffic control device.

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9. Failing to shoulder check and signal when changing lanes.

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10. Failing to signal when leaving a parked position on a street.

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Road test – Components of the test

Ensure you bring your valid 5L or 5A driver’s licence and a valid registration certificate for the vehicle you will be using, or your test will be cancelled.

Your driver’s licence cannot be expired or lapsed.

Take the time to review the restrictions (found listed on the back of your licence) carefully. You must comply with any and all of those listed on your licence at the time of your road rest. If you feel any are incorrect, you must have them corrected at a MPI Service Centre prior to your road test appointment. It can’t be corrected at the time of your appointment.

You must supply a vehicle in good working order and a Vehicle Registration Certificate, confirming the vehicle is properly registered and insured. The vehicle must have adequate seating for the driver examiner. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of the road test with your fees not being refunded. Road tests will not be conducted in infrastructure or agricultural equipment.

There are five parts to a road test in Manitoba:

1. Greeting

You must check in 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you fail to do so, your test may be cancelled. You will need to pay to rebook your test.

You must have a supervising driver with you when checking in for your road test appointment. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of your test. This individual will not be permitted in the car during the test with you but must be present when you check in.

After you check in, a driver examiner calls you, introduces him or herself, checks your documents, and asks you to sign the road test sheet.

You will then proceed to your vehicle together.

2. Vehicle check

The examiner will ask you to get in and start the vehicle.

He/she checks the vehicle to ensure it meets safety standards. If there are vehicle deficiencies, the road test may be cancelled.

3. Explanation of the test

The examiner will explain how the test will be conducted. This is your only opportunity to ask questions. The examiner will not answer questions about the rules of the road while on the test. So, if you are unsure about anything, ask at this stage.

4. On-road portion

Test applicants will be asked to demonstrate the following skills throughout the testing period:

  • Vehicle condition and equipment: The examiner will ask you to check basic operating features of your vehicle.
  • Vehicle control: You must demonstrate the ability to control the vehicle when starting, stopping, steering, shifting, signaling, backing, parking and turning.
  • You will have four minutes or three attempts to parallel park within the 1.85 m by 7.5 m space. Each attempt consists of three movements of the vehicle (backwards, forward and then backward again). You must successfully park within 18 inches (or 46 cm) from the curb, without going over it or hitting a pole.
  • Rules of the road: You must demonstrate full knowledge of all rules of the road.
  • Observation: You must demonstrate the ability to observe all relevant conditions around the vehicle by using the mirrors correctly. You must check behind and in the blind spots and must look well ahead to anticipate changing traffic situations and conditions.

5. Explanation of the test results

Once the road test is complete, the examiner will review your test results with you and answer any questions you may have.

Next steps

After passing a road test, you will move to the Intermediate Stage of the GDL Program for a minimum of 15 months. After that period with no infractions, you will earn a Full Class 5 licence.

After an unsuccessful road test, there is a 14-day waiting period before you may take the test again. You can schedule your appointment for any time after this waiting period is over.

After four unsuccessful road test attempts, you are required to take a minimum of two hours of professional instruction from a driving school with a permit from MPI before booking a fifth road test.

A signed Driving Instruction Verification form, including the driving instructor’s permit number, must be presented to an Autopac agent in order to pay for and book the fifth attempt. An additional two hours of driving instruction will be required prior to each additional attempt.

Please note: All driving schools must have a valid permit from MPI. To ensure a school has a valid permit, customers should ask the school or instructor to see their permit or contact the Permit Unit at 204-985-8063 or permitunit@mpi.mb.ca.

How to book

Appointments

All knowledge and road tests are by appointment only. Visit an Autopac agent or use our website to pay for your test and schedule your appointment. You can schedule your appointment up to eight weeks in advance.

Minors require parental consent, provided at an Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre, to purchase services online.

Both knowledge and road tests are conducted during weekdays only (with the exception of holidays). Saturday appointments are available in Winnipeg.

Your Autopac agent can provide you with details of available appointments at any testing location. See Mobile Test Unit locations and schedules for customers outside of Winnipeg.

Please note: You will need to give written consent for another individual, including a parent or legal guardian, to purchase and book a road test on your behalf. This requirement is dictated by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) which prohibits us from releasing any information about another customer without their written consent.

Location

Road tests must be booked at your closest location. Winnipeg residents must take their Class 5 road test at Winnipeg Service Centre.

Rescheduling or cancelling your appointment

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you must notify your Autopac agent or change your appointment online at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, you will forfeit the service and any applicable fees.