Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration
Ownership
Personalized Licence Plates
Other Vehicle-Related Questions

If you need an answer to a question that has not been included below, you can submit a General Inquiry. Please note that only questions of general nature can be answered.

You can also call our Contact Centre at 204-985-7000 or toll-free at 1-800-665-2410.

Registration

Q
Can I keep my Manitoba registration if I am attending school outside Manitoba?
A
You need to contact the licensing authority of that jurisdiction to determine if they allow you to operate a vehicle with a valid Manitoba registration.
Q
As a new resident to Manitoba, when do I have to obtain a Manitoba registration?
A
You have up to three months to register your vehicle and obtain Autopac insurance for the remainder of the current registration year. Until then, your vehicle must be currently registered in the jurisdiction you came from. This three-month grace period applies to non-commercial vehicles (vehicles not used for business purposes). You can register and insure your vehicle at any insurance agency offering Autopac services.
Q
Where can I find a Manitoba Public Insurance Commercial Vehicle Registration location?
A
These Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centres are also Commercial Vehicle Registration locations.

Ownership

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Can I get a history of a vehicle I am thinking of buying?
A
We will tell you the number of owners and current status of any Manitoba registered vehicle. No personal information will be given. If the vehicle was last registered in another province, we will provide the name of the province/territory and any status shown by that province.

For more information on how to check vehicle history, call the Contact Centre at 204-985-7000 in Winnipeg. Outside Winnipeg, call 1-800-665-2410. Vehicle history searches may also be done in person at any Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre. There is a $10 fee for this service.

You can also find out about any liens from the Personal Property Registry by phoning 204-945-3123.

For historical write-off information call:
In Winnipeg, 204-985-7000
Outside Winnipeg toll-free, 1-800-665-2410
Deaf access TTY/TDD, 204-985-8832

If you are interested in obtaining a vehicle's complete history, including any history outside of Manitoba, you may want to consider purchasing a commercially available vehicle history report. CarProof and Carfax are provided with all registration and claims history information for vehicles registered in Manitoba and insured by Manitoba Public Insurance. To obtain a complete vehicle history report from CarProof or CARFAX, contact them directly through their websites.
Q
What documentation is a dealer required to provide a buyer at the time of sale?
A
A dealer must issue the buyer a sales or lease agreement, a Certificate of Inspection, a Transfer of Ownership Document and proof of payment of retail sales tax.

For new vehicles, the dealer must issue a New Vehicle Information Statement (N.V.I.S.).

Dealers are also required under Manitoba law to disclose information pertaining to a vehicle's history. For more information, please read this important tip sheet from the Consumer Protection Office.
Q
What documents will I need to register a used car or truck I purchased privately?
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When you buy a vehicle privately in Manitoba, you will need the following documents to register the vehicle and get Autopac coverage:

A valid, in-force Certificate of Inspection (COI).

A completed and signed Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD).

A bill of sale signed by the seller and the purchaser with the year, make, model and serial number of the vehicle, the price you paid for it and the date you bought it .

For most vehicles, a COI is valid for one year from the date it was issued. This means that if the vehicle was inspected within the last year, a new COI isn't necessary to register the vehicle after you've bought it. However, when purchasing a vehicle, it is important to remember that the vehicle condition will change over time, and the current condition may not be accurately reflected in a COI that is months old. You'll find information about the vehicle's inspection status on the TOD.

CLICK HERE for more information on buying a vehicle privately.
Q
If I've bought a used vehicle from a dealer and I believe the Certificate of Inspection does not accurately state the vehicle's condition, what can I do?
A
If you are buying a used vehicle, we recommend that it be fully inspected by your mechanic prior to purchase. If the vehicle does not meet required standards, contact the Vehicle Standards and Inspections Section for an assessment of your vehicle's condition. If you have a valid complaint, the complaint will be referred to a dealer inspector for further action.
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What information must the dealer give me?
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The Certificate of Inspection will provide you with information about the current condition of the vehicle's safety components. The Transfer of Ownership Document will identify if the vehicle has been declared a total loss by an insurer (since Nov. 1, 1997). The dealer may also have to provide other information such as financing disclosure and other contractual matters.

Personalized Licence Plates

Q
How much do personalized licence plates cost?
A
The charge for a personalized licence plate is $100 plus GST. This is a one-time charge for the life of the current plate issue. If you need a replacement of your personalized licence plate, the charge is $25 plus GST. Cheques are to be made payable to Manitoba Public Insurance. The completed application and payment should be sent to:

Manitoba Public Insurance
Personalized Licence Plates
Box 6300
100-234 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A4
Q
How long does it take to get a personalized licence plate?
A
Your plates will be mailed to you within six to 10 weeks.
Q
How long is the slogan on my personalized licence plate valid?
A
You keep the right to your slogan for the life of the current plate issue. We have the right to recall any plate deemed to be objectionable.
Q
Can I use my personalized licence plate on my vehicle if my vehicle will be switching to a commercial vehicle registration class?
A
You cannot use personalized licence plates on a commercial vehicle unless the vehicle is registered as a Regulated Passenger Vehicle.

Other Vehicle-Related Questions

Q
What can I use a repairer plate for?
A
A repairer plate may be used by the repairer to pick up or return a customer's vehicle, test drive the vehicle, or move the vehicle from one location to another in connection with the repairs.
Q
My vehicle insurer has written off my motor vehicle but I want to keep it. What should I know before making the decision?
A
If your insurer has indicated your vehicle is "irreparable", it can never be registered again. It can only be used as a source of parts or scrap metal. If your insurer brands it "salvageable", it could be registered again once its status has been changed to "rebuilt". To obtain a rebuilt status, the vehicle must receive a Body Integrity Inspection Certificate and a Certificate of Inspection. These inspections may be performed by any vehicle inspection facility authorized to perform these types of inspections. These stations include repair facilities accredited by Manitoba Public Insurance for body and frame repair or shops specializing in frame or motorcycle repair.
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Is the body integrity inspection required for all written-off vehicles?
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No. The Body Integrity Inspection Certificate is required only for those vehicles which have a status of "salvageable". Mopeds, mobility vehicles, tractors, trailers and snow vehicles are exempt. "Salvageable" written-off vehicles cannot be registered until their status has been changed to "rebuilt". This means the vehicle has been repaired using approved I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) or original equipment manufacturer techniques and has been certified roadworthy by an approved inspection facility.
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How can I make sure that the vehicle I am buying hasn't been stolen?
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Vehicles reported as stolen to police agencies are entered on a Canadian national monitoring system. This is linked to Manitoba's computerized registration system, which records the vehicle identification number on any stolen vehicle. There is a $10 charge for determining if a particular vehicle has been stolen. For more information, call our Contact Centre at 204-985-7000 or toll-free at 1-800-665-2410.
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What if I have a vehicle safety inspection certificate from another jurisdiction?
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The inspection must be done either in Manitoba or elsewhere through a program "substantially similar" to Manitoba's. For more information, contact Vehicle Standards and Inspections at 204-985-0920 or toll-free 1-866-323-0542. In addition, if you bought the vehicle outside Canada, you must contact Canada's Registrar of Imported Vehicles to ensure it is eligible to enter Canada.