Driver Licensing

Driver Improvement and Control program

The Driver Improvement and Control (DI&C) program aims to make Manitoba's roads safer for all. It encourages Manitobans to make safe driving behaviours a habit for a lifetime.

The DI&C program strives to:

  • prevent unsafe driving from becoming a habit
  • break unsafe driving habits that are already established

Early intervention is key

The program can intervene in different ways. How it intervenes depends on the driver and his or her unsafe driving behaviour.

Interventions are determined solely on driver experience and the severity and frequency of the driver’s involvement.


The DI&C program’s interventions may include:

  • sending the driver an advisory letter about his or her driving
  • sending the driver a warning letter about his or her driving
  • requiring the driver to complete a driver improvement course
  • a full driving record review with possible driver licence sanctions

Driving record review

The possible outcomes from a full driving record review include:

  • driver’s licence suspension
  • required completion of a driver improvement course or driver examinations
  • further restrictions on the driver’s licence

Drivers who don’t complete a required course or exam will have their driver’s licence cancelled and their driver’s licence fees refunded.

How the program works

The DI&C program defines two categories of drivers: novice and experienced.

A novice driver is a driver who has not held a Full Stage driver's licence for more than one year. This includes drivers who hold Learner or Intermediate Stage licences or are in the first year of a Full Stage licence under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program. It also includes learner drivers not under GDL who have never held a Full Stage licence.

An experienced driver is a driver who has held a Full Stage driver's licence for at least one year.

Different interventions may apply for novice or experienced drivers, depending on how serious the unsafe driving was and how often it occurred. For novice drivers, the interventions begin earlier than for experienced drivers.

For both novice and experienced drivers, the following driving behaviours may lead to interventions under the DI&C program:

  • at-fault collisions
  • traffic convictions
  • serious driving offence charge
  • 24-hour roadside suspensions
  • Tiered Administrative Licence Suspensions *

*Drivers operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration between .05 and .079 or who fail a physical coordination test or drug recognition evaluation are subject to a Tiered Administrative Licence Suspension. Tiered Administrative Licence Suspensions are progressively longer suspensions ranging from 72 hours to 60 days, depending on how many previous suspensions have been issued to the driver within a 10-year period.Receiving a Tiered Administrative Licence Suspension moves a driver down the Driver Safety Rating scale five levels.Tiered Administrative Licence Suspensions also apply to situations where a person operates a vessel, an aircraft or railway equipment while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

For more information, contact:

Manitoba Public Insurance
Driver Fitness Program
Box 6300
Winnipeg MB, R3C 4A4
Telephone: 204-985-1989
Toll free: 1-800-665-2670