There are certain considerations in place for Armed Forces personnel who are looking to obtain or upgrade their Manitoba driver’s licence.
Members of NATO forces visiting Manitoba, and their spouses, are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Class 5 Manitoba driver’s licence within three months of arrival, provided that they maintain a valid driver’s licence from their home jurisdiction. When applying for a Manitoba driver’s licence, reciprocity will be granted to members of NATO Forces personnel and their family members (subject to proof of military and/or dependent status). Reciprocity allows for exchange of a valid out-of-country licence for the equivalent Manitoba Class 5 or Class 6 licence without knowledge testing or road testing. Note that reciprocity is not available for driver’s licences from Denmark.
For members of the Canadian Armed Forces, if your Manitoba or out-of-province licence has lapsed, or if the licence was suspended for non-payment while you were actively serving, the military service record will be accepted to close the gap in the driver record. This will also be extended to your family members.
A Manitoba resident can use their DND 404 licence in classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, (including air brakes) to obtain a Manitoba driver’s licence. No additional testing is required.
Active members and members who have retired within the last two years require these documents to receive a licence:
Support our Troops specialty licence plates are available for sale through Autopac agents. A set of the new plates will cost $70, with $30 of each purchase going towards educational scholarships for qualifying military members, their spouses, partners or children planning to study in Manitoba. More information is available here.