Which identification card is right for me?

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Manitoba Public Insurance offers several licensing and identification options – which one you pick depends on your needs. This chart compares the options available from MPI with a Canadian passport to help you choose the one that’s right for you.

Compare the cards

Manitoba Driver’s Licence

Manitoba Identification Card

Enhanced

Driver’s Licence

Enhanced Identification Card

Canadian Passport

Fits conveniently in your wallet

X

X

X

X

Allows you to cross the U.S. border by land or water

X

X

X

Allows you to board an airplane to travel within Canada

X

X

X

X

X

Allows you to board an airplane to travel into U.S. air space

X

Allows you to enter other countries besides the U.S.

X

Proof of identity

X

X

X

X

X

Proof of age

X

X

X

X

X

Proof of residency

X

X

X

X

X

Licence to drive

X

X

Requires an in-person interview

X

X

Price (first time)

$65**

$20
(photo included)

$30 (plus $65** driver’s licence fee)

$50 (plus $65**) if you have a driver’s licence

$50 for non-drivers (photo included)

5-year passport: $120

10-year passport: $160

Renewal fee

$65 annually

$20 for every five years

$30 every five years

$65 annually

$50 for every five years (plus $64 annually) if you have a driver’s licence

$50 for every five years for non-drivers

5-year passport: $120

10-year passport: $160

Replacement fee

$10*

$10*

$15*

$15*

$45 (to replace a valid lost or stolen passport)

Service outlets

Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler

Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler

Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler

Winnipeg, Brandon, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler

Passport offices or by mail

*No replacement fee for stolen cards with a police report.

** This amount is reduced depending on the driver’s Driver Safety Rating (DSR).

The information found here is subject to change. If there are any differences between the information found on this website and the EDL and EIC Applicant’s Guide, the EDL and EIC Applicant’s Guide will be followed.

Features of the Manitoba Identification Card

  • Provides proof of age, identity and Manitoba residency, if you do not have a driver’s licence.
  • It is voluntary. No one is required to have one.
  • It’s made with advanced technology features and won’t fade with age. Your photo and signature are laser-engraved and cannot be altered without damaging the card.
  • Unique patterns on the card are difficult to counterfeit and provide another barrier against tampering.
  • It does not contain a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ). (The MRZ provides another way to read Enhanced Identification Cards. Identification data is encoded in optical character recognition format (letters and numbers).
  • It does not contain a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip, so no information on your card can be read by an RFID scanner.

Features of the enhanced cards

The Manitoba Enhanced Driver’s Licence (EDL) and Enhanced Identification Card (EIC) use the latest security technology to protect your identity and privacy. These cards provide proof of age, identity, Manitoba residency and Canadian citizenship. They can be used to enter the U.S. by land or water.

Card material: Multiple layers of the highest quality plastics make EDLs and EICs counterfeit resistant. They will withstand ultraviolet (UV) rays and will not fade with age.

RFID chip: The RFID chip embedded in your EDL or EIC does not transmit any information, but can be read by a scanning device if your EDL or EIC is not in its protective sleeve. For more information, see RFID Technology.