Manitoba to recognize equivalency of eligible Ukrainian driver’s licences: MPI

MPI is pleased to announce a new simplified driver’s licence exchange process for eligible individuals from Ukraine arriving in Manitoba.

Effective May 9, MPI will begin exchanging full stage Ukrainian Category B (including BE) passenger vehicle licences for Manitoba full stage Class 5 licences without the need for further knowledge or road testing. Commercial class licences or motorcycle licences are not eligible for exchange.

Eligible individuals who have recently arrived in Manitoba and have already started the driver licensing/testing process should contact MPI’s Contact Centre at 204-985-7000 or toll-free at 1-800-665-2410 to discuss their options.

This initiative was made possible by MPI’s due diligence process, consisting of in-depth analysis of Ukraine’s driver education requirements, and testing standards, including leveraging previous work recently completed between Ukraine and the United Kingdom for this purpose.

With this decision, Ukraine becomes the 15th jurisdiction with which Manitoba holds a reciprocity or licence exchange arrangement. Exchange arrangements were finalized with Japan in 2021, and Australia in 2018. A full reciprocal country list is available here.

All newcomers and visitors to Manitoba can drive on their existing licence for up to three months before they require a Manitoba licence. Reciprocity arrangements require newcomers to provide documents including a valid driver’s license from the reciprocal country and/or a translated copy or English version of their driver’s record. All exchanged licences will be reviewed to ensure they are genuine and valid.

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