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FAQs

Please read the EDL and EIC Applicant's Guide before deciding to apply.

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Can I replace my passport with an EDL or EIC?
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A passport and an EDL or EIC are not exactly the same. A passport is an acceptable travel document for entry into the U.S. and other countries by land, water, and air. EDLs and EICs are acceptable only for entry from Canada into the U.S. by land and water. They are not acceptable for entry into the U.S. by air. You should determine document and identification requirements for entry to countries other than the U.S. or Canada before your departure.
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Can I trade my EIC in for an EDL?
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Yes, any Manitoba driver who holds an EIC may choose to trade it in for an EDL at any time for $30. This can also be done at no additional cost on a one-time only basis as part of your first driver’s licence renewal after January 10, 2010.
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How long is my EDL or EIC valid?
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The Manitoba EDL or EIC is valid for a period of up to five years, depending on when you apply.
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What if my card is lost or stolen?
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As soon as you discover your card missing, visit your Autopac agent in person to report it and apply for a replacement card. Bring your police report, and there will be no charge for a replacement card. Otherwise a $15 replacement fee is applied to replace a lost or stolen card (with no police report).
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What happens when I cross the border with my new Manitoba EDL or EIC? Is the process different than it is today?
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Yes. RFID scanners may be located at the stop sign as you approach the U.S. customs inspection booth. The card must be removed from its protective sleeve and should be held up to the RFID scanner (where installed) and be available for presentation to the U.S. border officer. If there is no RFID scanner at the border you are crossing, the customs officer will manually scan your card to access your information.
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What if I no longer want my Manitoba EDL or EIC?
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You may surrender your card at any time at any Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre. Your card will then be de-activated and destroyed. You will also have the option to replace your EDL or EIC with a one-piece driver’s licence or identification card for a replacement fee.
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Are there extra security precautions to ensure the RFID chip is not read by an unauthorized source?
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Yes. You will receive your card in an envelope that protects the RFID chip from being read. You will also receive a protective sleeve for your card when it is mailed to you. This sleeve will protect the RFID chip from being read. Keep the card in its sleeve when not in use to prevent the RFID chip from being read by unauthorized readers. Do not use a damaged or worn sleeve as it will not be effective. Replacement sleeves are available at no cost at Autopac agents and Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centres.
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What will Citizenship and Immigration Canada do with my personal information?
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The information shared by Manitoba Public Insurance with Citizenship and Immigration Canada is protected under The Privacy Act (Canada). It may be reviewed to conduct quality assurance reviews on Manitoba Public Insurance’s examination of the documentary evidence of Canadian citizenship provided (i.e., your citizenship document(s) and the Citizenship Questionnaire you completed.)
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What will Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) do with my personal information?
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The CBSA will act as an intermediary between Manitoba Public Insurance and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Approved applicant information will be sent to the CBSA, which will in turn forward the relevant information only to CBP via a secure mechanism when you attempt to cross the border. Your information will be permanently retained by the CBSA. The information that is disclosed to the CBSA is protected under The Privacy Act (Canada).
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What will U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) do with my personal information?
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CBP will store your information in its Border Crossing Information (BCI) system for 75 years for border-screening and law enforcement purposes. Regardless of whether you used an EDL or EIC to cross the border or not, information from the document(s) that you presented will be stored in the BCI and subject to the same 75 year retention requirement. CBP already collects and stores this type of information from documents such as passports. The only sure way to avoid having U.S. authorities collect your information and retain it is to not travel to the U.S.

CBP may also use and disclose your personal information to determine your eligibility to enter or remain in the U.S., and may use or disclose it for any other purpose authorized by U.S. law. It is important to note that Manitoba and Canadian privacy laws do not apply to your information in the U.S. BCI system or to any other information in the custody or control of U.S. authorities.

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.