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Steps Required to Become a Fully Licensed Driver in Manitoba

Introduced January 1, 2003

How do I become a Learner?

To enter the Learner Stage (Class 5), you must:

  • Be at least 16 (15½ if you are in a high school driver education program)
  • Take a vision test
  • Take a driving knowledge test
  • Have a parent or guardian’s consent (if you are under 18)

How long will I be in the Learner Stage?

You must be in the Learner Stage for at least nine months. You can stay in the Learner Stage for as long as you want as long as you don’t let your Learner’s licence lapse. You can leave the Learner Stage no earlier than age 16 years and three months.

What are the restrictions while I am in the Learner Stage?

You must drive with a supervisory driver who has a valid Class 5 driver’s licence. The supervisory driver must be in the front passenger’s seat. Passengers in the back seat must wear seatbelts. You cannot drink when you are driving – your blood alcohol must be zero. 

What else should I know?

You must be careful not to break any rules of the road. If you have any infractions, you may get a warning letter, an additional driving course, or even a driver hearing.

How do I enter the Intermediate Stage?

To enter the Intermediate Stage, you must complete the nine-month Learner Stage and then pass the Class 5 road test. If you demonstrate dangerous driving during the road test, you may have to obtain permission from the Registrar before taking it again. If you are in the graduated licensing program and fail the road test, there is a 14-day waiting period to take it again.

How long will I be in the Intermediate Stage?

You will be in the Intermediate Stage for a minimum of 15 months.  

What are the restrictions while I am in the Intermediate Stage?

Between midnight and 5 a.m., you can have only one passenger, unless you have a supervisory driver in the front passenger’s seat. If you have a supervisory driver in the front seat, you can have passengers in the back seat, but they must wear seatbelts. In addition, no matter what the time of day, you cannot drink when you are driving – your blood alcohol must be zero. 

What else should I know?

You must be careful not to break any rules of the road. If you have any infractions, you may be given a warning letter, an additional driving course, or even a driver hearing. After 15 months with no infractions, you will automatically become a Full Stage driver.

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