Establishing your identity

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The first time you apply for a Manitoba driver’s licence, you will be asked to show documents that prove your identity.

This requirement under Manitoba law is aligned with North American standards. Verifying your identity before we issue a driver’s licence helps to protect you, and all Manitobans, from identity theft. It also ensures that Manitoba driver’s licences 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:

  • Birth date
  • Full legal name*
  • Photograph
  • Signature and citizenship (enhanced products only)
  • Manitoba residence and permanent address**
  • Entitlement to be in Canada

* 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.

Acceptable supporting documents

You can use a wide range of documents to prove each part of your identity when applying for a Manitoba driver's licence. Each document must be from an authority such as a federal government, province or federal agency. They must also 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.