When a vehicle or trailer’s vehicle identification number (VIN) has been removed, altered, lost, or destroyed, or when a new vehicle or has been built, the owner can submit an application form along with supporting documents to apply for a Manitoba-assigned VIN.

There are different situations when a new Manitoba-assigned VIN may be required:

Original VIN is damaged, defaced or missing

There are several reasons why this may occur, including vandalism, theft, a windshield or dash repair and/or replacement, and more.

Amalgamated Vehicles

An amalgamated vehicle is a motor vehicle which has been reconstructed using major components (for example, body/cab or frame/chassis) from two or more vehicles.

Reconstructed vehicles that are built entirely from the parts of vehicles that have an irreparable status are prohibited from being issued an assigned VIN. Only vehicles where one or more of the major components is derived from a vehicle that does not have an irreparable status will qualify for the issuance of an assigned VIN.

Glider trucks

A glider kit is a collection of parts used to assemble a heavy commercial truck. Glider kits consist of the following newly-manufactured components:

  • chassis
  • complete cab assembly (windshield, instrument panel, custom-built interior, new hood, fenders and bumpers)
  • steering axle assembly (wheel ends, brakes, wheels and tires)
  • other minor parts such as wiring harnesses, mounting hardware, brackets, fasteners, etc.

A glider kit does not include any of the following drivetrain components:

  • engine
  • transmission
  • drive axle

Homemade Trailers

A VIN is not a requirement for registering a trailer in Manitoba, but some Manitobans who have built their own trailer may wish to have a VIN assigned for identification purposes.

Supporting documents required

The supporting documents required for having a VIN assigned may include:

Depending on the type of vehicle, other supporting documents could be required. Please contact the Vehicle Safety department for questions regarding assigned VINs:

Phone: 204-985-0920

Toll-free: 1-866-323-0542

International Registration Plan (IRP) is a vehicle registration system for trucks and buses operating inter-jurisdictionally between Manitoba and other provinces or states throughout North America.

Vehicle eligibility

A vehicle is eligible for registration under IRP if the vehicle is intended for operation in two or more jurisdictions and meets at least one of the following conditions:

  • registered weight of 11,794 kg or more
  • three or more axles regardless of weight
  • has a combined weight of 11,794 kg or more in combination with a trailer or semi-trailer
  • has a regular bus route or buses used in the transportation of chartered parties
  • will be operating in a jurisdiction that requires IRP registration for a particular class or weight of vehicle

Vehicles with a registered weight of 11,794 kg or less are eligible for registration under IRP if they are intended for operation into or through jurisdictions where IRP registration is required at lower weight thresholds.

For further information on IRP and the application forms, see the Apportioned Registration Manual.

New IRP Applications

New carriers can apply for an IRP account if they:

  • meet the Established Place of Business and Residency requirements
  • travel in Manitoba and in at least one other IRP member jurisdiction
  • operate one or more eligible vehicles

Established place of business and residency requirements

Section 305 of the IRP Plan requires carriers to maintain an Established Place of Business or Residence in the jurisdiction where they base plate.

Established Place of Business

This means a physical structure, located within the base jurisdiction that is owned, leased, or rented by the fleet registrant. This structure shall be designated by a street number or road location, be open during normal business hours, and have located within it:

  • the operational records of the fleet
  • one or more persons employed by the applicant or registrant on a permanent basis for the purpose of the general management of the registrant’s business, which includes distance and fuel reporting, answering telephone inquiries, booking loads, shipping, receiving, etc.

Residence

An applicant that does not have an Established Place of Business in any jurisdiction may designate as a base jurisdiction any member jurisdiction:

  • where the applicant can demonstrate residence,
  • where the fleet applicant seeks to register under the Plan accrues distance, and
  • where Records of the Fleet are maintained or can be made available

For a list of acceptable supporting documents required, please refer to the Established Place of Business and Residence Questionnaire.

How to Apply

To register under IRP as a New Fleet, complete and sign these documents

The Consultant Power of Attorney Authorization Form must be completed when a carrier appoints a third party consultant as the IRP Contact to conduct business on their behalf. 

Email, fax or mail your completed applications and checklist to the IRP Prorate Office.

Email[email protected]

Fax: 204-953-4998

Toll-free fax: 1-866-798-1186

Mail:

Manitoba Public Insurance

IRP Prorate Office

Box 6300

234 Donald Street

Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A4

Upon receipt of your invoice, you can pick up and pay for your IRP credentials at any Service Centre in Manitoba. (Not available at Claims Centres in The Pas and Swan River.)

Registering vehicles in IRP

Required documents

  • Proof of insurance showing current coverage for new vehicles. (This is not required if added to an all-vehicle policy.)
  • Bill of sale (signed by both seller and buyer).
  • Valid Certificate of Inspection.
  • New vehicle – NVIS (original document required).
  • Used vehicle – Manitoba Transfer of Ownership Document. If purchased outside of Manitoba, provide a copy of out-of-province registration if available.

Additional supporting documents for specific scenarios

Registering a leased vehicle:

  • Lease agreement (must indicate commencement date and length of term).
  • Legal name and address of lessor.
  • Power of attorney from lessor – current and valid for Manitoba Public Insurance.

Registering a vehicle leased to a third party:

  • Lease agreement (must indicate commencement date and length of term).
  • Legal name and address of lessor.
  • Power of attorney from lessor – current and valid for Manitoba Public Insurance.
  • Authority to Register and Exclusive Use Agreement (all lessees listed and with signatures).

Registering a broker-owned vehicle (owner/operator):

  • Authority to Register and Exclusive Use Agreement (all owners listed and with signatures).
  • Driver license of all out-of-province owners.

Registering a broker-owned vehicle (limited company):

  • Articles of incorporation (if not previously set up in MPI system).
  • Authority to Register and Exclusive Use Agreement (all owners listed and with signatures).

Registering a rebuilt vehicle (vehicle was rebuilt from salvage status):

  • Body Integrity Certificate (dated prior to the COI).

Registering vehicle purchased in the U.S.A.:

  • New vehicle – Certificate of Origin
  • Used vehicle – Certificate of Title (both sides) signed by buyer and seller
  • Vehicle Import Form (K22 with two stamps)

Registering a lease buyout:

  • Original lease.
  • Original bill of sale. (Used to confirm purchase price and to prove purchaser buying out the lease is the same as the lessee who originally leased the vehicle. The buyer and lessee must be the same person/company for a lease buy-out transaction. Amount and date of purchase on IRP application should match original bill of sale.)
  • Final bill of sale.
  • Release letter.
  • Power of attorney.

Renew IRP applications

Renewal applications are mailed 60 days in advance of your effective date. Complete and sign your original IRP Prorate Fleet application and IRP Prorate Vehicle application. If you are adding any new units or changing ownership, include all required supporting documentation.

Email, fax or mail your completed applications and checklist to the IRP Prorate Office:

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 204-953-4998

Toll-free fax: 1-866-798-1186

Mail:

Manitoba Public Insurance
IRP Prorate Office
Box 6300 – cityplace
510- 234 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A4

Renewal payment and pickup of IRP credentials is available:

  • Outside Winnipeg, at MPI Service Centres in Arborg, Beausejour, Brandon, Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Thompson and Winkler. (This service is not available at Claim Centres in The Pas and Swan River.)
  • In Winnipeg at cityplace Service Centre, located at 234 Donald Street.

Amendments, additions and deletions

To apply for an amendment, addition or deletion of vehicles or fleets within IRP, complete these documents:

Email, fax or mail your completed applications and checklist to the IRP Prorate Office:

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 204-953-4998
Toll free fax: 1-866-798-1186

Mail:
Manitoba Public Insurance
IRP Prorate Office
Box 6300 – cityplace
100 – 234 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A4

Upon receipt of your invoice, you can pick up and pay for your IRP credentials at any Service Centre in Manitoba. (Not available at claim centres in The Pas and Swan River.)

Contact us

For more information, contact the IRP Prorate Office at 204-985-7775 or toll-free at 1-866-798-1185, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Or download the following:

Additional information

Electronic credentials

As of January 1, 2019, motor carriers are allowed to carry their IRP cab cards and IFTA licences in electronic format. Motor carriers can choose to carry this documentation either in electronic or paper format in their vehicles.

The use of electronic images of IRP cab cards and IFTA licences will be accepted by all jurisdictions in the United States and Canada. Documentation shown in an electronic image must be accessible by computer, tablet, smart phone or other electronic device.

If you choose to maintain an electronic format of this documentation, it is strongly recommended that the document is saved as a file such as PDF, and stored on an electronic device for each vehicle. This approach enables you to have access to the documentation at any time, even when access to mobile and/or wireless service may be interrupted.

Regardless of the format (either electronic or paper), the document must be accurate, valid, legible, and be accessible on demand when requested by law enforcement. If you are unable to provide acceptable proof of credentials, you may be charged by law enforcement and required to purchase a permit to complete your trip.

Full Reciprocity Plan

On January 1, 2015, the Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) went into effect. FRP makes the plan more efficient, more equitable and more flexible for its member jurisdictions and registrants by granting full reciprocity for all apportioned vehicles in all member IRP jurisdictions and removing from the plan any provisions related to estimated distance.

Benefits include:

  • No more estimated distances – only actual distances.
  • Increased operational flexibility – cab cards show all jurisdictions and grant full reciprocity.
  • Reduced administration – no more add jurisdiction or permits for IRP vehicles.
  • Reduced operating costs – no more fees over 100 per cent due to estimating.

How it works:

  • All jurisdictions will be displayed on the cab card. Carriers no longer need to select the jurisdictions they intend to operate in.
  • Registration fees will be based on your fleet’s actual distance for the reporting period. Estimating distances will no longer be necessary or allowed.
  • Add Jurisdiction supplements will be eliminated.
  • IRP registered vehicles will no longer require trip permits.
  • Carriers will be registered under the FRP rules when they renew with an effective date in calendar year 2015.
  • New carriers without any IRP history will pay fees based on the Manitoba Average Per Vehicle Distance Chart for the initial application.

Charter buses

All charter buses operating in an interprovincial and interstate manner are required to obtain IRP registration or purchase trip permits.

Benefits include:

  • registering once for all the jurisdictions
  • paying registration fees based on the distance operated in each jurisdiction
  • paying only to the base jurisdiction
  • requiring one license plate (or set of plates) and one cab card

For more information please call the IRP Prorate office at 204-985-7775 or 1-866-798-1185, or email [email protected].

Calculating fees if no actual distance

Registration fees for new fleets and renewals for fleets that did not accumulate any actual distance in the reporting period will be calculated using the Manitoba Average Per Vehicle Distance (APVD) chart for all jurisdictions. This chart is based on the average distance reported by vehicles registered in Manitoba for all IRP jurisdictions.

A new fleet can only use the Average Per Vehicle Distance chart to determine fees for all jurisdictions. IRP carriers will not estimate any distances.

Fees are not recalculated in the subsequent year. A new registrant simply pays the fee shown on the APVD chart and in subsequent years pays on the basis of actual distance traveled in the reporting period.

Definitions

Cab card: A registration document issued by the base jurisdiction for a vehicle registered under IRP. The cab card identifies the vehicle, the base plate, and the carrying capacity within each jurisdiction where the vehicle is authorized to travel.

Apportionable vehicle: Any power unit that is used or intended for use in two or more member jurisdictions, is used for the transportation of persons for hire or designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property, and either

  • has two axles and a registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 11,794 kgs or 26,000 pounds
  • has three or more axles, regardless of weight
  • is used in combination, when the gross vehicle weight of such combination exceeds 11,794 kgs or 26,000 pounds

U.S. DOT numbers

A carrier only requires a DOT number if it operates in the U.S. Please note that IRP registration does not exempt carriers from obtaining any additional permits that may be required by a jurisdiction in which they are travelling in.

Insurance and jurisdictions

Insurance is issued separately from registration in IRP. In general, insurance premiums are determined by a carrier’s actual operation. However, if a carrier is changing their operations (such as the jurisdictions in which they operate), they will not need to add the jurisdiction to the cab card but may need to discuss the changes with their insurance provider.

You require a valid safety Certificate of Inspection (COI) to register a newly acquired vehicle in Manitoba. A COI confirms that, at the time of inspection, a vehicle met basic standards for operation in Manitoba, which are set out in the Vehicle Equipment, Safety and Inspection Regulation.

A COI doesn’t include a detailed inspection of the engine or transmission and is not a guarantee of the overall quality of the vehicle. It is a good idea to have your vehicle fully inspected by a trusted mechanic before purchase.

When do you need a COI

A COI is required:

  • When ownership of a vehicle is transferred. (See Exemptions below.)
  • When bringing any vehicle into Manitoba. This includes vehicles owned by people moving to Manitoba.

A COI is valid for one year to transfer ownership. However, 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 several months old. After one year, a new COI is required to transfer the vehicle.

If you buy a used vehicle from a dealer, the dealer must issue you a valid COI. See more information about buying a vehicle. Dealers are also required under Manitoba law to disclose information pertaining to a vehicle’s history. For more information, please read the important tips from the Consumer Protection Office.

If you buy a used vehicle privately without a valid COI, you can either tow your vehicle or get a permit through an Autopac agent to drive it directly to an inspection station. If the vehicle passes inspection and receives a COI, it can be driven away on a permit, and can be immediately registered. If the vehicle does not pass the COI inspection, it must be towed. (A write-off vehicle with a status of “salvageable” cannot be driven or registered until its status is changed to “rebuilt”.)

A new vehicle does not require a COI.

What’s inspected

An inspector at one of Manitoba’s registered vehicle inspection stations signs a COI after a vehicle passes an inspection of components and systems, including:

  • brakes
  • suspension
  • tires
  • lights
  • exhaust system
  • seat belts
  • steering
  • other components and systems

View the COI form to see all the inspected components.

Outcomes

There are three possible outcomes to the COI inspection:

Pass: The vehicle passes the inspection and receives a COI.

Advisement: The vehicle currently meets all minimum safety standards and receives a COI. However, the advisement notes that specified components will soon require servicing or repair.

Fail: The vehicle does not meet certain standards. The vehicle must undergo specified repairs and pass a re-inspection before a COI can be issued.

Note that repairs can be done yourself, as long as the vehicle passes the inspection.

Where to get a COI inspection

Approved inspection stations are located throughout Manitoba and can be located using our inspection station search tool. An approved station will display a sign designating it as a Vehicle Inspection Safety Station and displaying the logos of Manitoba Public Insurance and the Province of Manitoba.

The inspection must be done either in Manitoba or elsewhere through a program substantially similar to Manitoba’s. Contact Vehicle Safety for more information.

There is no set cost for a COI. The cost is determined by the inspection station.

Exemptions

If you are a previous Manitoba resident who is moving back to Manitoba and bringing a vehicle that was previously registered to you in Manitoba, the vehicle is exempt from the COI requirement.

Certain transfers of ownership are exempt from the COI requirements. These are:

  • A vehicle registered in Manitoba that is being transferred to: a spouse or common-law partner; a child or step-child; a parent, or as an inheritance to the beneficiary of an estate.
  • A new vehicle that is not subject to periodic mandatory inspections.
  • Any transfer from a dealer to another dealer.
  • Any transfer from a dealer to a recycler.
  • Any transfer from a dealer if the vehicle has an irreparable status.
  • Any vehicle registered as a remote area vehicle.
  • Any transfer involving a vehicle to be registered as an antique motor vehicle.
  • A lease vehicle, when there is a change of lessor, but no change of lessee.
  • A lease vehicle, when there is a change of lessee on a lease agreement, providing that an amended lease agreement is provided by the lessor and the new lessee would have qualified for a COI exemption if they had actually owned the vehicle (e.g., spouse to spouse, child to parent, parent to child).
  • A lease vehicle, when the ownership is transferred from the lessor to the lessee but only if the lessor is not a dealer. If a dealer is the agent for the lessor, a COI is required.
  • A bus designed for carrying 11 or more people (including the driver) and owned and operated on behalf of the City of Winnipeg or the City of Brandon.

Transfer of Ownership Document

The Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) provides a reasonable assurance that the seller is the rightful owner of the vehicle.

The TOD assists consumers in several ways. The TOD shows:

The TOD helps the purchaser make an informed buying decision and should be viewed prior to purchasing a vehicle. It is not intended to eliminate the need for further action to protect yourself when buying a vehicle.

Completing the TOD

The TOD is part of the vehicle registration card. The person selling the vehicle must fill in the date and odometer reading and sign in the space provided. The purchaser must also sign. After completion, the seller separates the registration card, keeping the left portion and giving the right portion (TOD) to the purchaser to present when the vehicle is re-registered.

In the case of an unregistered vehicle, an Ownership Document is provided on request. The registration portion of the document is voided and only the vehicle/owner information is printed.

Exemptions

In most cases, when you buy a used vehicle, you’ll need a TOD to register the vehicle. The following applications for registration do not require a TOD:

  • When the vehicle was previously registered to the same owner in this or another jurisdiction.
  • When a new vehicle is purchased from a dealer.
  • When the vehicle was purchased in another jurisdiction. In this situation, an ownership document or title from the jurisdiction in question must accompany the application. View more information on importing a vehicle.
  • When the vehicle was sold by a person who is entitled by law to sell the vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Death-related transfers

When the registered owner dies, the vehicle registration remains valid until it expires or is cancelled. However, you must notify us, through your Autopac agent, about the owner’s death.

Transferring ownership from the deceased to a new owner requires certain documentation.

For all vehicles acquired from an Estate you must have a Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD), as well as other supporting documents which provide proof of ownership.

When a vehicle owned by an estate is sold to a third party, a bill of sale (signed by the estate executor or disposer) is required, in addition to the other documents listed here.

Situation 1 – Will Not Probated

If there is a will but it is not probated, you will require the following documents:

  • A complete Statutory Declaration & Indemnification Agreement – The Statutory Declaration & Indemnification Agreement form is to be completed by the executor, administrator, or disposer only. Signing the statutory declaration makes the applicant subject to a Criminal Code of Canada penalty for making a false statement under oath in an affidavit or statutory declaration.
  • Copy of the will, which was certified as a true copy by the executor
  • Copy of the death certificate
  • Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD)

Situation 2 – No Will and No Letters of Administration

If there is no will and no Letters of Administration, you will require the following documents:

  • A complete Statutory Declaration & Indemnification Agreement – The Statutory Declaration & Indemnification Agreement form is to be completed by the executor, administrator, or disposer only. Signing the statutory declaration makes the applicant subject to a Criminal Code of Canada penalty for making a false statement under oath in an affidavit or statutory declaration.
  • Copy of the death certificate
  • Documentation, if available, indicating that the person disposing of the deceased’s assets has the right to do so, (for example, court order, bankruptcy proceeding order)
  • Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD)

Situation 3 – Probated Will

If there is a probated will, you will require the following documents:

  • Copy of the will, naming the applicant as the beneficiary of the vehicle
  • Certified copy of Letters Probate
  • Copy of the death certificate
  • Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD)

Situation 4 – No Will but Letters of Administration Obtained

If there is no will but letters of Administration have been obtained, you will require the following documents:

  • Certified Copy of the Letters of Administration issued by the Surrogate Court, appointing the Administrator of the Estate
  • Copy of the death certificate
  • Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD)

Situation 5 – Joint Owners

When vehicles are jointly owned, they do not automatically fall into the estate of the deceased person. Instead, they pass to the surviving joint owner(s). To have a vehicle registered solely in the name of the surviving joint owner(s), you will require the following documents:

  • Proof of joint ownership (Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) or other proof of ownership documents acceptable to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles).
  • Copy of the death certificate

You must be a Manitoba resident and at least 16 years of age to register a personal vehicle in Manitoba. (If you’re under 18 years of age, you’ll need written consent from your parents or legal guardians.)

You’ll need documents to show you own the vehicle and that it meets basic standards for operation. These requirements vary, depending if you bought the vehicle in a private sale, from a dealer, or from outside Manitoba.

Register a vehicle bought privately

To register a vehicle you have bought privately in Manitoba, you’ll need the following:

  • Bill of Sale that states: date purchased, vehicle’s model year, make, model and serial number; purchase price; purchaser’s name(s); seller’s name(s); purchaser’s signature(s), and seller’s signature(s).
  • A signed Transfer of Ownership Document from the previous owner.
  • Valid Certificate of Inspection issued by a Manitoba vehicle inspection station.

Register a vehicle from a dealer

To register a brand new vehicle, you’ll need:

  • New Vehicle Information Statement (NVIS) if the vehicle is brand new.
  • Bill of Sale that states: date purchased; vehicle’s model year, make, model and serial number (VIN); purchase price; purchaser’s name(s) and signature(s); seller’s name(s) and signature(s).

To register a used vehicle, you’ll need:

  • Bill of Sale that states: date purchased; vehicle’s model year, make, model and serial number (VIN); purchase price; purchaser’s name(s) and signature(s); seller’s name(s) and signature(s).
  • A signed Transfer of Ownership Document from the previous owner.
  • Valid Certificate of Inspection issued by a Manitoba vehicle inspection station.

Note that when you buy a used vehicle from an authorized dealer in Manitoba, you must purchase Autopac coverage before you drive the vehicle.

Purchasing outside Manitoba

You’ll need a Temporary Registration Permit to bring your vehicle into Manitoba. Once in Manitoba, you’ll need the documentation outlined above to register your vehicle.

We accept a valid COI from government-approved inspection programs in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. All other provinces, territories and U.S. states are unacceptable.

United States

If imported from the U.S., a Vehicle Import Form is required from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). See information on CBSA requirements.

Note, if you purchase a vehicle in the U.S., a New Vehicle Information Statement is called a ‘certificate of origin’ and a Transfer of Ownership is called a “certificate of title”.

When you must register

Private purchases

Usually, you’ll have to register and insure your newly purchased vehicle before you drive it. Check with MPI or an Autopac agent before driving the vehicle to be sure you have the necessary coverage.

You can transfer the licence plates from your currently registered vehicle to your newly acquired vehicle when:

  • both vehicles are in the same registration class
  • you’ve disposed of the registered vehicle

If you dispose of your old vehicle, you have seven days after the day you disposed of your old vehicle to register your replacement vehicle. For this seven-day period, the same coverage on your old vehicle applies to your new one. For example, if your old vehicle was a motor home or a motorcycle, the declared value limit will carry over to your newly acquired vehicle. The declared value limit is the most you’ll get if your new motor home or motorcycle is written off.

If the coverage on your old vehicle is insufficient for your newly acquired one, it’s better to re-register and insure your new vehicle immediately with all the correct coverage limits. Talk to an Autopac agent.

If you are relying on the seven-day grace period, always carry documents in your vehicle showing the sale of your old vehicle and the purchase of your new one.

When your replacement vehicle is in a different registration class, you must report the change to an Autopac outlet before driving the vehicle. You’ll receive a new registration card and new plates, or a special sticker to put on your current plates.

Dealer purchases

When you buy a used vehicle from an authorized dealer in Manitoba, you must purchase Autopac coverage before you drive the vehicle. See information on Interim Registration Permits.

Out-of-province students

If you are a full-time student in Manitoba from out-of-province, your vehicle does not have to be registered in Manitoba if it is currently registered and insured in another jurisdiction. However, you will need to obtain a student sticker after providing proof that you are a full-time student and have valid vehicle registration and insurance.

For a student sticker to be issued, please provide the following documentation to at any MPI Service Centre:

  • A document from your educational institution confirming that you are a full-time student and the beginning and end dates of your study period.
  • A copy of your vehicle registration and insurance card.
  • A payment of $2 is required for the issuance of the sticker.

New Manitoba residents

New residents must obtain Manitoba registration and insurance within three months of becoming a resident if the vehicle is a passenger car-type (including vans), or truck with a gross weight, including load, not exceeding 3,700 kilograms. These vehicles may not be used for the commercial transportation of goods and people.

New residents need to obtain Manitoba registration and insurance as soon as possible for all other vehicle types. Until then, your vehicle needs to be properly registered for the current registration year in your previous jurisdiction.

Vehicle registration and insurance need to be purchased together as a vehicle must be both registered and insured in Manitoba. You can obtain both services from any insurance agent displaying an Autopac sign.

All Autopac agents must ensure that Retail Sales Tax has been collected on a newly purchased vehicle before you can register it.

Dealer sale

If you purchased your vehicle from an authorized dealer, the dealer collected the Retail Sales Tax from you at the time of purchase. A copy of the document you received from the authorized dealer stating that you have paid the tax must be presented to an Autopac agent when you register your vehicle.

Where a trade-in is involved, you’ll be charged the tax based on the purchase price after deducting the value of the trade-in.

Private sale

If you purchased the vehicle privately, you will be charged the Retail Sales Tax when you register your vehicle. The tax will be based on the fair market value of the vehicle.

  • For passenger cars and light trucks, this value is either your purchase price or the average wholesale price for western Canada (whichever is greater).
  • For motorcycles, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, this value is either your purchase price or the current average resale value (whichever is greater).

Exemptions

The following situations would not require the purchaser of a used vehicle to pay the Retail Sales Tax.

Settler’s effects (new residents)

The Settler’s Effects exemption is allowed on a vehicle brought in to Manitoba from out-of-province by a new resident, providing all of the following requirements are met:

  • The person lived outside of Manitoba for at least six months before moving here.
  • The person owned the vehicle for at least 30 days before moving here.
  • The person brought the vehicle into Manitoba within six months of moving here.

Gift from a family member

If you receive a gift, you must provide a written note from the previous owner as verification.

The “family member” giving the gift to you must be your:

  • father
  • mother
  • son
  • daughter
  • grandfather
  • grandmother
  • granddaughter
  • grandson
  • father-in-law
  • daughter-in-law
  • son-in-law
  • mother-in-law
  • spouse

A “spouse” is someone married to you, cohabitating in a conjugal relationship with you for a continuous three-year period, or cohabitating in a conjugal relationship for more than one year and you have a child together.

Sibling and non-immediate family gifts are taxable.

Please note gifts between family members are only exempt if the Manitoba sales tax has been paid by the donor or the donor had received it tax exempt. For example, if a mother from another province gifts a vehicle to their child in Manitoba, the vehicle is taxable. However, if the mother had previously lived in Manitoba and had paid the Manitoba sales tax on the vehicle, the vehicle would be exempt.

Estate of a deceased person

No sales tax is required if you received the vehicle by a title transfer through the estate of a deceased person.

Won in a contest

You don’t have to pay sales tax if you can provide the purchase invoice or other document that proves the sponsor paid the tax on your behalf.

Exempt vehicles

Exempt vehicles are:

  • Fire trucks and their equipment.
  • Ambulances.
  • Off-road vehicles purchased by a Status Indian living on a reserve, if the off-road vehicle was shipped from an authorized dealer directly to the reserve.

Indigenous people

Status Indians are not required to pay RST if these conditions are met:

  • The vehicle title is transferred on a reserve.
  • Purchase/gifting documents are signed on a reserve.
  • Purchaser/recipient takes possession of the vehicle on a reserve (dealer or individual delivers it or ships it by common carrier to the reserve).
  • Recipient received vehicle as a gift from another status Indian (including siblings).

Single proprietorship

In single proprietorships where the legal business name or the trading name is being changed to the proprietor’s own name, there is no “sale” and no tax is paid.

A change in name from an individual to a corporate name is exempt only if the transfer is made at the time of incorporation.

Homemade trailer

You are not required to pay sales tax when you register a homemade trailer you built yourself.

However, if you are registering a homemade trailer you purchased from someone else, you are charged sales tax.

Additional information

If you are unsure if your situation qualifies for one of the exemptions above please see Taxation Information Bulletin No. 054, or contact Manitoba Finance Taxation Division.

Retail Sales Tax forms are available from the Government of Manitoba Taxation Division.

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