The first time you apply for a Manitoba driver’s licence, you will be asked to show documents that prove your identity.
To quickly determine the documents you need to bring, use our Proving My Identity tool. The tool will show you the documents that you can use to establish your identity.
This requirement under Manitoba law is aligned with North American standards. Verifying your identity helps to protect you, and all Manitobans, from identity theft. It also ensures that Manitoba driver’s licences and ID Cards are issued only to those who are in our country legally, whether as citizens or visitors.
To prove your identity, you will need supporting documents that establish these key elements:
* If your surname differs from the surname on your birth certificate, a second document such as a Marriage Certificate or Certificate of Change of Name is required.
** Two supporting documents are required to prove you reside in Manitoba. Rural customers must provide at least one document containing their physical address. If rural customers do not have two supporting documents containing their physical address, the second document can contain their mailing address. Any supporting address document must be dated within 90 days of the date of application.
Note: For an enhanced driver’s licence, identity requirements also include your signature and proof of Canadian citizenship.
Your documents must be originals – not photocopies. Electronic scans of these documents will be retained on file, in keeping with Canadian standards.
Please note that two supporting documents are required to prove you reside in Manitoba. Rural customers must provide at least one document containing their physical address. If rural customers do not have two supporting documents containing their physical address, the second document can contain their mailing address. Any supporting address document must be dated within 90 days of the date of application.
If you do not have an acceptable document with your photograph, signature (for Enhanced cards) or address, MPI may accept a completed Guarantor Declaration instead. Some restrictions apply, so please read the form carefully. A Guarantor Declaration can be used as a second acceptable document for proving Manitoba residency if you only have one document with your address on it.
To view eligible supporting documents that can be used, see the Acceptable Verifiable Resource List or use our Proving My Identity tool.
Documents in a language other than English or French will require translation. Translations will be accepted from:
Accepted translations must:
Submitted translations must include the key information for the specified documents below. Translated dates must be in a standard format (for example, dd/mm/yyyy), or otherwise clearly differentiate between the month, day, and year.
Translated driving history documents must contain the following fields in order to be accepted for Driver Safety Rating credit.
Driver Abstract/Driver Record
Translated fields from the driver abstract or driver record must contain all of the following information:
Claims Experience Letter
Translated claims experience letters must contain the following information:
You have four gender maker options on a Manitoba driver’s licence or identification card:
Note that changes to accommodate individuals with non-binary gender markers or undisclosed gender markers may not yet be adopted in all jurisdictions. If your Manitoba identification card or driver’s licence displays an X gender marker or a blank gender marker, MPI cannot guarantee your identification will be recognized in all jurisdictions or by all third-party organizations.
If you are applying for a driver’s licence or identification card for the first time and would like to self-declare your gender in a private setting, please contact us at 204-985-7000 to schedule an appointment.