Driver Licensing

Road Test

Once a driver has gained sufficient skill in basic driving manoeuvres, is at least 16 years of age and has held a Learner’s licence for at least nine months, he or she can take a road test. In Manitoba, the learner must be successful on a road test to receive an Intermediate level driver’s licence.

How to Book Your Class 5 Road Test

  • Appointments may be booked up to 60 days in advance of your road test eligibility date (a minimum of nine months after obtaining your Class 5 Learner's Licence). You cannot take the road test before your eligibility date.
  • Purchase and book your appointment at any Autopac agent.
  • A road test costs $30.

For more information on booking your road test in your city or community, please see the How to Book tab.

Retaking Your Class 5 Road Test

After an unsuccessful road test, there is a 14-day waiting period before you may take the test again. You can schedule your appointment for any time after this waiting period is over.

Please note: A customer must give written consent for another individual, including a parent or legal guardian, to purchase and book a road test on their behalf. This requirement is dictated by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which prohibits us from releasing any information about another customer without their written consent.

If You Require More Than Four Attempts

After four unsuccessful road test attempts, you are required to take a minimum of two hours of professional instruction from a driving school with a permit from MPI before booking a fifth road test.

A signed Driving Instruction Verification form, including the driving instructor’s permit number, must be presented to an Autopac agent in order to pay for and book the fifth attempt. An additional two hours of driving instruction will be required prior to each additional attempt.

Please note: All driving schools must have a valid permit from MPI. To ensure a school has a valid permit, customers should ask the school or instructor to see their permit or contact the Permit Unit at 204-985-8063 or permitunit@mpi.mb.ca.

How to Prepare

Review the rules of the road

To operate a vehicle and obtain a Class 5 Learner’s license in Manitoba, you must comply with the following safe and legal driving practices, as described in the Manitoba Driver’s Handbook:

Your vehicle

You are responsible for providing a vehicle for the road test.

  • Ensure that your vehicle’s registration is current, including both licence plates.
  • Check your vehicle to ensure all equipment is functioning properly (lightings systems, including brake light on top rear window, tires, brake system, horn, left mirror, rear view mirror, windshield, seat belts). A complete list of equipment the driver examiner checks can be found in the Vehicle Equipment Section of the Manitoba Driver’s Handbook.
  • If your vehicle has equipment problems or deficiencies, the test may be cancelled and you will have to rebook.

Your appointment and paperwork

  • Check in for the road test 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Your road test may be cancelled if you are late.
  • Ensure you have your valid 5L or 5A licence and a valid registration certificate for the vehicle you will be using, or your test will be cancelled.
  • Your driver’s licence must be valid, not expired or lapsed, and match the class that you are testing to achieve. I.e. Class 5.
  • Take the time to review the restrictions (found listed on the back of your licence) carefully. You must comply with any and all of those listed on your licence at the time of your road rest. If you feel any are incorrect, you must have them corrected at a Service Centre prior to your road test appointment. It can’t be corrected at the time of your appointment.
  • If the road test is cancelled for any reason (prior to driving), you will have to rebook.
  • You must be accompanied by a qualified supervising driver when you come for your road test.

If English isn’t Your First Language

All road tests are conducted in English or French. Examiners use straightforward and clear language when giving directions. To prepare for the road test, you should be familiar with the following terms:

  • Right turn.
  • Left turn.
  • Parallel park.
  • Intersection.
  • Stop.

Only the examiner and the driver are allowed in the vehicle during the road test.

If you are not fluent in English, we recommend you bring an English speaking person with you to the appointment so they can help translate basic instructions and expectations before the road test begins. They can also translate the results after your road test is completed.

Please note: This person can't come with you on the road test.

Your Required Driving Skills

To pass your test, you need to be able to perform a number of different driving skills and techniques, including:

  • Wearing your seat belt at all times when the vehicle is in motion.
  • Knowing the location of vehicle controls such as ignition, wipers, lights and defrost, and how to use them.
  • Maintaining good steering control with hands in the proper positions, at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock on the steering wheel.
  • Signaling prior to both left and right turns, while ensuring your vehicle is in the appropriate lane and properly positioned before each turn.
  • Coming to a complete stop when required (red light, stop sign), at the appropriate location.
  • Changing lanes safely by shoulder checking and signaling appropriately.
  • Accelerating smoothly from any stopped position.
  • Observing speed limits and recognizing school zone areas with reduced speed. Regardless of the posted speed limit, drivers are expected to always drive at a speed appropriate for road conditions.
  • Reversing safety, after performing the proper checks.
  • Giving the right of way to pedestrians and oncoming traffic, when required.

For a full list of driving skills and details on how to perform them safely on your test and beyond, please review your Driver’s Handbook.

What to Expect

There are five parts to a road test in Manitoba:

1. Greeting/licence/receipt/signature:

You must check in 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. If you fail to do so, your test may be cancelled. You will need to pay to rebook your test.

You must have a supervising driver with you when checking in for your road test appointment. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of your test. This individual will not be permitted in the car during the test with you but must be present when you check in.

After you check in, a driver examiner calls you, introduces him or herself, checks your documents, and asks you to sign the road test sheet.

You then proceed to your vehicle.

2. Vehicle check:

The examiner asks you to get in and start the vehicle.

He/she checks the vehicle to ensure it meets safety standards. If there are vehicle deficiencies, the road test may be cancelled.

3. The examiner explains how the test will be conducted, providing you with an opportunity to ask questions:

This is your only opportunity to ask questions. The examiner will not answer questions about the rules of the road while on the test. So, if you are unsure about anything, ask now.

4. The on-road portion:

Test applicants must demonstrate the following skills:

Vehicle condition and equipment: The examiner will ask you to check basic operating features of your vehicle.

Vehicle control: You must demonstrate the ability to control the vehicle when starting, stopping, steering, shifting, signaling, backing, parking and turning.

You will have four minutes or three attempts to parallel park within the 1.85 m by 7.5 m space. Each attempt consists of three movements of the vehicle (backwards, forward and then backward again). You must successfully park within 18 inches (or 46 cm) from the curb, without going over it or hitting a pole.

Rules of the road: You must demonstrate full knowledge of all rules of the road.

Observation: You must demonstrate the ability to observe all relevant conditions around the vehicle by using the mirrors correctly. You must check behind and in the blind spots and must look well ahead to anticipate changing traffic situations and conditions.

5. Explanation of the test results:

Once the road test is complete, the examiner explains the test results.

If you fail, you will have to pay for and book another appointment (minimum 14-day wait).

If you pass, you will be issued a Class 5I (Intermediate Stage) Licence.

Top 10 Driving Tips

After analyzing the top high-risk driving behaviours shown during road tests, below are the top 10 tips to correct dangerous actions and keep our roads safe for all Manitobans to travel on:

1. Exceeding the posted speed limit (especially in school zones).

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2. & 3. Unable to properly parallel park within three attempts or four minutes, and striking the poles within parallel parking.

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4. & 5. Failing to make a proper left turn, and turning in front of oncoming traffic.

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6. Proceeding from a stop sign when it’s not safe because of pedestrians or other vehicles.

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7. Entering an intersection on a red light or entering on a late yellow light and failing to clear before the light turns red.

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8. Stopping unnecessarily where there’s no stop sign or other traffic control device.

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9. Failing to shoulder check and signal when moving over more than three feet on the road way (lane change).

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10. Failing to signal when leaving a parked position on a street.

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Resources

The following links are designed to provide you with everything you need to become a safe driver in Manitoba and ensure you’re ready to book your road test.