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Welcome to Manitoba!
Manitoba licensing laws require that non-residents obtain a Manitoba driver’s licence to continue driving in Manitoba three months after their arrival in the province. After arriving here, you will need to switch your valid licence to a Manitoba driver’s licence, so it is best to start this process as soon as possible.
Temporary foreign agricultural workers, including agricultural exchange students, must obtain a Manitoba licence to drive in Manitoba after three months. Workers from reciprocal jurisdictions are exempt from testing, but must exchange their foreign licence for a Manitoba licence to continue to drive after three months. Workers from jurisdictions where Manitoba does not have reciprocal arrangements to exchange driver’s licences (i.e., non-reciprocal jurisdictions) must pass Manitoba’s knowledge and road tests and exchange their foreign licence for the Manitoba licence.
Manitoba law does not permit drivers to hold more than one licence at a time. Since both reciprocal and non-reciprocal workers are in Manitoba on a seasonal basis, exchanged foreign licences will be retained and returned to workers when they leave Manitoba.
To apply, you must be set up as a customer. You can do this by visiting any service centre or Autopac agent in Manitoba.
You must bring original documentation to prove your identity, residency in Manitoba and entitlement to be in Canada. Please bring your foreign passport, your work permit and any two of the following documents showing your name and Manitoba address and that are dated within 90 days of applying :
Once setup has been completed, and the identity documents provided, you can book your knowledge and road test appointments.
Payment for your licence is due at the time the temporary licence is issued. The basic annual licensing fee is $65. This amount may be adjusted in future years depending on your driving record.
The portion of the $65 annual fee payable for your licence is affected by your anniversary date. Your anniversary date is your birthdate plus four months. For example, if your birthdate is March 10, your anniversary date will be July 10.
If your anniversary date occurs when you are in Manitoba:
If your anniversary date occurs while you are outside of Manitoba:
For additional information on documents that can help establish your identity, visit our Proving My Identity tool.
See more information on the knowledge test and road test. Prepare for your knowledge test with driving quizzes. See the Driver’s Handbook.
If your licence or driving record is in a language other than English or French, you will need to translate your documents.
Official Translation will be accepted from:
Note: You must also produce your original driver’s licence with the translated documents.
For full information, see Translations on the Establishing Your Identity page.
Employers are encouraged to reach out to their local MPI Service Centre to discuss capacity planning for testing.
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