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New to Manitoba

Welcome to Manitoba! As a new resident to Manitoba, you can drive a passenger vehicle with your valid licence for up to three months.

You also have up to three months to switch your valid out of province vehicle registration (plates and insurance).

Please view the section that applies to your situation:

  • new or unlicensed drivers
  • moving from within Canada
  • moving from another country

New or unlicensed drivers

If you have never held a driver’s licence, you need to successfully complete Manitoba’s Graduated Driver Licence (GDL) program.

How to register for the GDL program

You must be at least 16 years of age to obtain a licence in Manitoba, or 15 ½ if you are registered in MPI’s Driver Z Program. Register through an Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre. You need proper identification to register as a customer.

Once you are registered as a customer:

  • Book your knowledge test at an Autopac agent or Service Centre.
  • When you have passed your knowledge test and vision test, and held your learner licence for a minimum of nine months, you may book your road test.

Moving from within Canada

After moving here, you have three months before you must switch your licence to a Manitoba driver’s licence. You can drive on your valid out-of-province licence in the meantime. You also have up to three months to switch your valid out-of-province vehicle registration and insurance.

You may be exempt from having to obtain a Manitoba licence after three months if you are:

  • A student residing in Manitoba for the purpose of full-time postsecondary studies and are a resident of Canada. See more information for students.
  • A Resource Officer or Fire Ranger employed by the Department of Sustainable Development.

How to apply for a Manitoba licence

Visit any Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre.

Step 1: Bring the following to apply for your licence:

  • required ID
  • your valid out-of-province driver's licence
  • the $65 annual licence fee

We will set up your customer account, take your photo, and start your application for a Manitoba driver’s licence.

Step 2: Exchange your out-of-province driver’s licence for an equivalent Manitoba driver’s licence.

You must surrender your out-of-province licence to obtain the Manitoba licence. A temporary Manitoba licence will be issued to you that is valid for up to 45 days to allow for production and mailing of your photo driver’s licence. Your out-of-province licence will not be returned to you.

If you are in GDL: If you have a learner licence, you will need to complete Manitoba’s knowledge test. If you live in a jurisdiction that uses a GDL system, you will receive credit toward the appropriate stage for the time you held your licence in your home jurisdiction. The temporary licence issued to you will reflect the proper GDL stage for the time credit for your driving experience.

More information

If you have driving experience and claims experience, bring it with you to see if you are eligible for any discounts on your driver’s licence or insurance.

If your out-of-province licence is expired, talk to your Autopac agent or Service Centre representative for more information.

If you are bringing in a vehicle from out-of-province or registering a new or used vehicle – see registration and insurance requirements

Moving from another country

If you are a licenced driver from another country, after moving here you have three months before you must switch to a Manitoba licence. You can drive on your valid out-of-country licence in the meantime. You also have up to three months to switch your valid out-of-province vehicle registration and insurance.

The process to receive a Manitoba licence depends on whether you are moving from a country on the reciprocal country list.

Exceptions

You may be exempt from having to obtain a Manitoba licence after three months if you are:

  • NATO Forces personnel or a spouse/partner of NATO Forces personnel (except Denmark)
  • A student residing in Manitoba for the purpose of full-time postsecondary studies and are a resident of the United States or a jurisdiction which has a reciprocal driver licensing arrangement with Manitoba. See more information for students from a reciprocal country.
  • An Official Consul, foreign consular staff or a spouse/partner of the Official Consul or foreign consular staff from the countries of United States of America and Iceland
  • A Resource Officer or Fire Ranger employed by the Department of Sustainable Development

Reciprocal country list

The following is a list of countries that have a reciprocal agreement with Manitoba. If you are from a country on this list, see moving from a reciprocal country. If you are from a country not on this list, see moving from a non-reciprocal country.

Jurisdiction

Class

Australia

Class 5 and 6

  • Applicants must pass vision test.
  • A driver licence report dated within 90 days.

Austria

Class 5

Canadian Forces Europe

Class 5 and 6

  • Proof of having held a valid Canadian licence within the previous four years must be provided.

Federal Republic of Germany

Class 5

France

Class 5

Isle of Man

Class 5 and 6

Northern Ireland

Class 5 and 6

Ireland

Class 5 and 6

Republic of South Korea

Class 5

  • Certificate of Driver’s Licence issued by the National Police Agency in South Korea must be provided.

Switzerland

Class 5 and 6

Taiwan

Class 5

  • Translation of the Taiwanese licence prepared by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Toronto.
  • Verification Certificate of Driver’s Licence (VCDL), Republic of China.

United Kingdom

Class 5 and 6

United States and its territories

Class 5 and 6, Class 1-4 (if exchanged licence indicates Commercial Driver’s Licence)

  • Includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Please note that Manitoba offers reciprocity on commercial driver’s licences for Canadian and U.S. commercial licences only.

If you live in a jurisdiction that uses a GDL system and you have less than 15 months of non-learner driving experience, you will be placed in Manitoba’s GDL program, but receive credit toward the appropriate stage for the time you held your out-of-country licence.

Moving from a reciprocal country

If you are exchanging a valid driver’s licence from a reciprocal country, you can get an equivalent Manitoba licence without taking a knowledge or road test.

How to apply for a Manitoba licence

Step 1: Visit any Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre. Bring the following:

  • required ID
  • your current driver's licence
  • the $65 annual licence fee

We will set up your customer account, take your photo, and start your application for a Manitoba driver’s licence.

Step 2: Exchange your driver’s licence for an equivalent Manitoba driver’s licence.

You will also need to have your licence translated if it is not in English or French or you do not have an International Driving Permit.

You must surrender your out-of-country licence to obtain a Manitoba licence. A temporary Manitoba licence will be issued to you that is valid for up to 45 days to allow for production and mailing of your photo driver’s licence. Your out-of-country licence will not be returned to you.

If you do not hold the equivalent of a full-stage passenger vehicle licence, a temporary licence will be issued to you with the appropriate GDL stage that reflects credit time for your non-learner driving experience.

More information

If you have driving experience and claims experience, bring it with you to see if you are eligible for any discounts on your driver’s licence or insurance.

If your out-of-province licence is expired, talk to your Autopac agent or Service Centre representative for more information.

If you are bringing in a vehicle from out-of-province or registering a new or used vehicle see registration and insurance requirements.

Moving from a non-reciprocal country

If you move from a country that is not on the reciprocal list, you will be required to complete Manitoba’s knowledge and road tests. You should start the testing process as soon as possible to ensure that you can successfully complete the road test within the three months that you can drive with your out-of-country licence.

How to apply for a Manitoba licence

Step 1: Visit any Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre. Bring the following:

  • required ID
  • your current driver's licence
  • the $10 knowledge test fee

We will set up your customer account, take your photo, and book your knowledge test. You will need to pay $10 at the time you book the knowledge test.

We will also confirm the proper class and stage of your out-of-country licence to determine if you may be exempt from GDL. You will need to have your licence translated if it is not in English or French, or you do not have an International Driving Permit.

Note: If you do not have your physical licence with you, you will need to complete the GDL program.

Step 2: Visit an MPI Service Centre to take the knowledge and vision tests. Once you have successfully completed your knowledge and vision tests, you can book your road test.

See information on the Class 5 knowledge and road tests.

Step 3: Exchange your driver’s licence and take the Class 5 road test.

The road test cannot be taken without the Manitoba licence, so please attend the Service Centre at least one hour in advance of your road test (or the day prior, if you have the first appointment of the day). This will ensure that we can issue your new licence and that you can take your road test at the scheduled time.

You will need to surrender your out-of-country licence. A temporary Manitoba licence will be issued to you that qualifies you to take the road test. We will not return your out-of-country licence. The annual charge for a driver’s licence is $65, which is payable at this time.

If you successfully complete the road test, we will upgrade your licence to a Class 5 Full. A temporary licence will be issued to you that is valid for up to 45 days to allow for production and mailing of your photo driver’s licence. Please bring a qualified supervising driver with you for your test in the event you are not successful, as you will require a supervising driver until you pass the road test.

Note: If you are unable to produce your out-of-country licence when taking the road test, your road test will be cancelled and you will be registered in the GDL program. This means that you must wait a minimum of nine months to book your road test.

More information

If you have driving experience and claims experience, bring it to an Autopac agent or MPI Service Centre to see if you are eligible for any discounts on your driver’s licence or insurance.

If your out-of-country licence is expired, talk to your Autopac agent or Service Centre representative for more information.

If you are registering a vehicle, see registration and insurance requirements.

Translations

Translations will be accepted from:

  • Any translation service listed in the Yellow Pages or Yellow Pages Web Site under Translation and Interpreters
  • Any translator registered with the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Manitoba (ATIM) (www.atim.mb.ca); or
  • An Embassy or Consulate, on official letterhead or in the form of an International Permit issued in the home country, if applicable.

For more information, see Members of the military.