Graduated Licensing To become fully licensed, new Manitoba drivers must pass all stages of the province’s graduated licensing program. How Do I Get Insured As a New Driver?Before you buy auto insurance, you need to apply to complete Manitoba’s 3-stage licensing process and meet basic qualifications set out by the government. To get started, you must:Be at least 16 years old, or be at least 15 years and 6 months old and enrolled in a high-school driver education courseHave consent from a parent or legal guardian if you are less than 18 years of agePass a knowledge test Meet the vision and medical standardsPay the required licence charges and insurance premiums. As a novice driver, it’s important to understand the many unique restrictions that apply to the Learner, Intermediate and Full licences.How Long Does It Take to Become a Fully Licensed Driver?It will take a minimum of 4 to 5 years to complete all stages of graduated licensing. In Manitoba, the Learner stage takes a minimum of 9 months and the Intermediate stage takes at least 15 months to complete. For your first 3 years as a Full stage driver, you will continue to be part of the graduated licensing program. Why Are There So Many Steps to Get Licensed?Novice drivers cause many traffic-related deaths and injuries. In response to accident statistics and successful licensing systems used in other countries, Canada’s provincial and territorial governments introduced new driver standards in the mid-2000s. Most programs include a multi-stage system with mandatory learner and intermediate stages that take place over set time periods before graduation to a full licence. What Happens To My Insurance If My Licence Is Suspended?You must report your licence suspension to your insurer immediately. If you violate the no-alcohol requirement or other graduated licensing restrictions, your driver’s licence may be suspended. IBC and Best Practices for Graduated Licensing in CanadaIBC has a history of advocating for improved road safety across the country. In 2005, with IBC’s support, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), an independent charitable road safety institute, created a report about best practices for graduated licensing in Canada. IBC circulated a draft of this report to all relevant contacts in driver licensing agencies, or their equivalent, in all jurisdictions across Canada. Auto Insurance Q&ATo steer you in the right direction, here are some basic questions to ask your insurance representative before you buy car insurance All About Auto InsuranceRegardless of where you live in Canada, auto insurance is required by law. You are not authorized to drive without it. Useful LinksManitoba Infrastructure and TransportationManitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) is responsible for the development of transportation policy and legislation, and for the management of the province’s vast infrastructure network.Getting your Driver's LicenceReady to get your driver’s license? Know where to start? Know what to study? Read some tips and links that can help you obtain your provincial or territorial drivers license. Facility AssociationFacility Association’s mission is to administer the automobile insurance residual markets, enhance market stability, and guarantee the availability of automobile insurance to those eligible to obtain it. How Insurance WorksInsurers use a pool of many premiums to pay for the home, auto and business losses of Canadians unfortunate enough to experience a loss. You are covered for losses outlined in your contract only, not for predictable events.