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Table of ContentsEstablish Your Identity Type of Document The Class Licence System Basic Class 5 Licensing Requirements How to Book Your Test Appointment Winnipeg Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, or Thompson Arborg, Beausejour, Brandon, Steinbach, Winkler or at a Mobile Testing Unit Key Points About Your Tests Graduated Driver Licensing Graduated Driver Licensing Class 5 Authorized Instruction (A) Stage (non-GDL Learner Stage) Manitobas New One-Piece Drivers Licence Renewals Last Five Years Keep Your Licence Valid Illegal Use of Drivers Licence Operating Heavy and Agricultural Equipment Seatbelts Infant and Child Restraints 5 5 Foldout Foldout 7 7 7 8 9 Foldout Foldout 11 12 13 13 13 14 15 15

Section 1 Safe and Legal Driving Practices1. Signs and Signals Sign Shapes and Colours Warning Signs Construction and Maintenance Signs Regulatory Signs Guide and Information Signs Stop Signs Four-way Stop Signs Yield Right-of-Way Signs Traffic Control Signals Transit Priority Signal Pavement Markings Reserved Lanes

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2. Starting from a Parked Position, Lane Changing, Curves and Turning 35 Starting Out Starting Lane Changing Blind Spots Hand Signals Curves General Rules of Turning Right Turns Left Turns U-Turns Roundabouts 3. Driving Responsibly Speed Following Safely Passing No-Zone Around Large Vehicles Entering and Leaving an Expressway Right-of-Way Emergency Vehicles School Buses Transit Buses Railway Crossings 4. Pedestrian Safety Crosswalks Pedestrian Corridors Blind Persons School and Playground Areas 5. Cyclist Safety Cyclist Signals 6. Backing Up Three Point Turn Three Point Turn Around on a Dead End Street 7. Parking Parallel Parking Backing Skill Test Angle Parking Parking on a Hill or Incline Parking Pointers Illegal Parking 8. Vehicle Equipment Required Equipment Other Equipment2 Drivers Handbook

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9. Poor Driving Conditions Ice, Sleet or Snow Daytime Use of Headlights Reduced Visibility Night Driving Drowsiness or Fatigue Distractions Gravel Road Driving Winter Road Driving Hills Farm Equipment on Roads Pilot Vehicles 10. Driving Emergencies Running Off the Pavement Blowouts Losing a Wheel Skid Control Emergency Braking Flooded Engine Wet Brakes Disabled Vehicle Direct Collision Course Vehicle on Fire Vehicle Plunging into Water Vehicle in Contact with Electrical Wires Suggested Emergency Equipment 11. Collisions Upon Arriving at the Scene If You are Involved

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Section 2 Legal Consequences of Unsafe Driving1. Driving While Impaired Alcohol Drugs What Can You Do Drinking and Driving Anywhere is a Crime What Are the Consequences? 2. Licence Suspension for Other Criminal Code Convictions 3. Driving While Suspended Consequences 4. Driver Improvement and Control Program How it Works Interventions Applying to All Drivers

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5. Driver Safety Rating How the Scale Works 6. Safe Driving Programs Mature Driver Program Parking Entitlement for People with Physical Disabilities Disabled Driver Assessment and Management Program Vehicle Modifications for People with Physical Disabilities Environmental Consequences of Driving Fuel Efficient Driving Techniques Forms Organ and Tissue Donation Parental Approval (Learners Licence) Collision Report Claim Reporting Metric Converter Driver Training Schools and Instructors

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This handbook has no legislative sanction. For interpreting and applying the law, consult The Highway Traffic Act, and/or The Drivers and Vehicles Act and their regulations. 4 Drivers Handbook

Establish Your IdentityThe first time you apply for a Manitoba drivers licence, identification card or enhanced identification card you will be asked to show documents that prove your identity. This requirement under Manitoba law is aligned with North American standards. Verifying identity before we issue a drivers licence or identification card helps to protect all Manitobans from identity theft. It also ensures that Manitoba drivers licences or identification cards are issued only to those who are in our country legally, whether as citizens, permanent residents, or visitors. To prove your identity, you will need supporting documents that establish six key elements: Birth date Legal name Signature Photograph Manitoba residence Entitlement to be in Canada For more information on the documents required to prove your identity, please see a copy of the brochure Establishing Your Identity or visit

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The Class Licence SystemManitoba Licence Class Allows the Licence Holder to Operate Semi-trailer trucks including all vehicles in Classes 2, 3, 4, and 5. Minimum Age Medical Requirements Requirements Test Charges Class 1 Road test

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$50Must meet medical and vision standards. Class 2 Road test Must hold a minimum Class 5 Intermediate or Class 5 Authorized Instruction licence to obtain authorized instruction in Classes 14. Must pass knowledge test. Requires supervising driver for Authorized Instruction. Must pass road test. For Classes 1, 2, 3 or 4 (buses and trucks only), the test includes a pre-trip inspection of vehicle (and air brake system if applicable) by the applicant.

Buses1 having a seating capacity of over 24 passengers (while carrying passengers), school buses2 having a seating capacity over 36 passengers (while carrying passengers). Includes all vehicles in Classes 3, 4 and 5.

$45Class 3 Road test

+4,540 kg

Trucks with more than two axles, including any combination of vehicles, OR a truck with two axles towing a vehicle with a registered gross vehicle weight of more than 4,540 kg (but does not include a semi-trailer truck). Includes all vehicles in Classes 4 and 5. Taxis, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles, buses1 with a seating capacity between 10 and 24 passengers (while carrying passengers) and school buses2 with a seating capacity between 10 and 36 passengers (while carrying passengers). Includes all vehicles in Class 5. Passenger cars, a bus while not carrying passengers, trucks with two axles, and any combination of vehicles consisting of a truck with two axles and a towed vehicle with a registered gross vehicle weight of up to 4,540 kg. May operate Class 3 vehicles if registered as a farm truck and the driver holds a Class 5 Intermediate or Full Stage Licence. May operate a Moped 3, if 16 years of age or older. Note: A person must hold a valid minimum Class 5 Intermediate Stage drivers licence to operate a special mobile machine, implement of husbandry or tractor on a provincial highway, or a highway within the municipal boundaries of a city, town, village or urban municipality. For further information please call 204-9857000 or toll-free 1 800-665-2410.


Medical report required on initial application and periodically thereafter based on the age of the driver.

$45Class 4 Road test

$35Knowledge Test


16or if enrolled in high school driver education course


Medical report required when requested. Must meet vision standards.

Must pass knowledge and sign tests for Class 5 Learner licence (minimum nine-month Learner Stage). (Must wait seven days for re-tests.) Requires supervising driver for a Class 5 Learner Stage or Authorized Instruction. Requires supervising driver for a Class 5 Intermediate if carrying more than one passenger between the hours of 12 midnight and 5 a.m. Must pass road test to advance to the Intermediate Stage (minimum 15-month Intermediate Stage). (Must wait 14 days for re-test).

Class 5 Road test


Knowledge Test




Medical report required when requested. Must meet vision standards.

Driver must hold a valid licence of any class and stage. Must pass knowledge test. (Must wait seven days for re-tests.) Must obtain Class 6 M Stage licence in order to complete motorcycle training course. The course is required before Learner Stage Licence is issued. (Contact Manitoba Safety Council for motorcycle course charges.) Minimum nine-month Learner Stage. Must pass road test to advance to the Intermediate Stage (minimum 15months Intermediate Stage). (Must wait 14 days for re-test.) Must pass knowledge test. Must pass Air Brake practical test for A (Authorized) endorsement. Must pass adjustment of the manual slack adjusters for S (Slack Adjuster) endorsement. There is no additional charge for the Air Brake practical test if it is completed at the same time you are road-tested for a higher class of licence.

Class 6 Road test

$30Knowledge Test

$10Practical Test

Air Brake Endorsementpermits the holder to drive vehicles equipped with Air Brakes in the class of vehicle for which the person is licensed. Drivers of a Class 3 truck registered as a farm truck equipped with air brakes are exempt from this requirement.

$30Knowledge Test

$10All charges are subject to change.

1. Abusisanyvehiclewithaseatingcapacityofatleast11persons(includingthedriver)usedprimarilytocarrypassengers.Itexcludesvehiclesusedforpersonaltransportationbytheownerorwiththeownerspermission. 2. Schoolbuscertificateisrequired.ForfurtherinformationcontacttheManitobaEducation,TrainingandYouth,PupilTransportationat204-9456900. 3. Mopedsarenotallowedtobedrivenonhighwayswithaspeedlimitexceeding80km/h,butmaycrossthe