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Registering a vehicle in Manitoba is an important process all vehicle owners in the province must complete. Failing to properly register can result in fines or inability to operate the vehicle legally. This comprehensive guide will provide an overview of everything you need to know about registering a vehicle in Manitoba. We’ll cover the requirements, costs, and steps for registering new vehicles, used vehicles, and out-of-province vehicles. For those without a driver’s license, new to the province, or needing to renew, we’ll also detail that process. Additional information on required documents, insurance, safety inspections, buying and selling considerations, and tips will ensure you have all the details to properly and legally register. By the end you’ll understand the ins and outs of vehicle registration in Manitoba to register quickly and hassle-free. Let’s get started.

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Requirements for Registering a Vehicle in Manitoba

To register a vehicle in Manitoba, there are several key requirements you must meet:

Residency: You must be a permanent resident of Manitoba. Temporary residents cannot register vehicles in the province.

Age: You must be at least 16 years old to register a vehicle. If you’re under 18, you’ll need consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Driver’s License: You’ll need a valid Manitoba driver’s license. Out-of-province licenses are not accepted for registration purposes.

Ownership Documentation: You’ll need paperwork that proves ownership of the vehicle, such as a bill of sale or title transfer form.

Safety Inspection: All vehicles must pass a certified mechanical inspection before registration. You’ll need a valid safety certificate.

Insurance: You must have valid Manitoba insurance before you can register. Liability coverage is required by law.

Meeting these requirements is mandatory for legally registering any vehicle in the province of Manitoba. Failing to meet any of these registration requirements can result in fines or the rejection of your registration application.

 

Cost to Register a Vehicle

The cost to register a vehicle in Manitoba depends on several factors but primarily includes registration fees, inspection fees, and taxes.

 

Registration Fees

The registration fee to license a vehicle in Manitoba varies based on the type and weight class of the vehicle. For a standard personal-use car, SUV or light truck, the annual registration fee is $129. There are reduced rates for certain vehicles like motorcycles ($56) and trailers ($62). Registration for commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and buses is based on the vehicle’s registered gross weight. These fees range from $215 to over $1,300 annually.

 

Inspection Fees

All vehicles registered in Manitoba require a Certificate of Inspection (COI), which costs $55. The inspection verifies the vehicle meets Manitoba safety standards. New vehicles purchased from a dealer receive a COI, but used vehicles must be inspected at an authorized inspection station. Failure to pass inspection will require repairs and re-inspection, adding to the overall registration cost.

 

Taxes

There is a 7% Retail Sales Tax (RST) charged on private vehicle purchases in Manitoba. If you are registering a newly purchased vehicle, you must show proof this tax was collected. There are some exceptions – no RST is charged on used vehicles purchased privately rather than from a dealer. The province also collects an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) decal fee of $6 annually for diesel vehicles over 11,794 kg registered gross weight.

 

How to Register a New Vehicle

Registering a brand-new vehicle purchased in Manitoba is a straightforward process. The first step is buying the vehicle, either from a dealership or through a private sale. When buying from a dealership, you’ll get most of the paperwork you need for registration. For a private sale, make sure to get a bill of sale from the seller.

Once you’ve purchased the vehicle, you need to arrange insurance. All vehicles registered in Manitoba require basic Autopac insurance coverage from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). You can get insurance coverage even before taking possession of the vehicle. Contact an Autopac agent to get insured.

Before registering the vehicle, it needs to pass a safety inspection. Safety inspections are required on all vehicles being registered for the first time in Manitoba, and certify the vehicle meets mechanical safety standards. Inspections are performed at any authorized inspection station, with costs starting around $70.

With the bill of sale, insurance, and safety inspection complete, you can apply to register the vehicle. Bring the documentation to any Manitoba Public Insurance service centre, broker, or agent. Registration fees for passenger vehicles are $129 annually. Once registered, you’ll get the registration card and plates for your new vehicle.

 

Registering a Used Vehicle

When purchasing a used vehicle in Manitoba, you’ll need to transfer ownership and register the vehicle in your name. This process is slightly different depending on whether you’re buying from a private seller or a dealership.

For a private sale, you’ll receive a Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) that must be signed by the seller. This legally transfers ownership of the vehicle to you. Make sure the odometer reading and sale price are included. You must register the vehicle within 10 days of purchasing it to avoid paying a $10 late transfer fee.

When buying from a dealership, they will handle the ownership transfer paperwork for you. The dealer will provide you with the TOD to bring to the registry office for registration.

In both cases, you’ll need to get a safety inspection before registration. Take the used vehicle to any authorized inspection station, where a certified mechanic will check things like tires, lights, brakes, seat belts and more. If the vehicle passes inspection you’ll receive a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to provide at the registry office along with your TOD.

Registering a used vehicle also requires valid auto insurance and applicable taxes paid. With all documentation in hand, you can complete registration at any Autopac agent location.

 

Registering an Out-of-Province Vehicle

If you are moving to Manitoba or buying a vehicle from another province, you will need to register your out-of-province vehicle in Manitoba. This involves a few extra steps compared to registering a vehicle already in the province.

First, you will need to obtain the proper ownership documents from the current province where the vehicle is registered. This proof of ownership is required for registering the vehicle in Manitoba.

Next, you will need to import the vehicle into Manitoba and declare it at the border crossing. Make sure you have the ownership, bill of sale, and any other required paperwork with you.

An out-of-province vehicle also needs to pass a safety inspection at an authorized inspection station before it can be registered in Manitoba. This inspection makes sure the vehicle meets Manitoba’s safety standards. There is a fee for the inspection that must be paid.

Finally, you can take your paperwork, including the passed inspection certificate, to any Autopac agent office and register the out-of-province vehicle. There will likely be additional fees on top of the regular registration costs to transfer and import the vehicle into Manitoba.

While registering an out-of-province vehicle takes a few extra steps, it is a straightforward process. The key is having all the necessary paperwork from the current province of registration to prove ownership and show you legally imported the vehicle into Manitoba.

 

Registering Without a Driver’s License

You don’t need a valid driver’s license to register or insure a vehicle in Manitoba. However, you do need to have an open file with Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). Here’s what you need to know about registering a vehicle if you don’t have a driver’s license:

 

Options for Non-Drivers

If you don’t have a driver’s license, you can still register a vehicle by obtaining a Manitoba Public Insurance Identification Card. This card will have your unique Registrant Identification Number (RIN) that allows you to register vehicles.

To get an MPI Identification Card, you’ll need to visit an Autopac agent and provide documentation to confirm your identity, such as a birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc. There is a small fee for the identification card.

Once you have your MPI ID card with RIN, you can register any vehicles you own. You’ll still need to purchase at least Basic Autopac insurance coverage as the registered owner.

 

Using Registrant Number

Your 15-digit RIN number serves as your unique identifier in the MPI system. This number stays the same even if your address changes. The RIN is connected to your customer file and vehicle registration records.

When registering a vehicle without a license, you’ll need to provide your RIN along with the vehicle’s paperwork. Any vehicles registered under your RIN will list you as the registered owner. You can also use your RIN when contacting MPI by phone or visiting in-person.

 

Registering as a New Manitoba Resident

If you are moving to Manitoba from another province or country, there are a few extra steps you’ll need to take to get your vehicle properly registered in the province:

 

Steps for New Residents

To register your out-of-province vehicle in Manitoba, you’ll first need to get a Manitoba driver’s license. Visit any Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance service centre with the required identification documents to apply for your new license.

Once you have your Manitoba license, you can begin the vehicle registration process. You’ll need to provide proof of ownership and your valid out-of-province registration. An inspection may also be required on the vehicle before registration is completed.

As a new Manitoba resident, you’ll need to switch your auto insurance over to Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to get at least basic Autopac coverage before you can fully register the vehicle.

 

Transferring Out-of-Province Registration

To transfer an out-of-province registration to Manitoba, you’ll need to cancel your registration and auto insurance in the previous province if it is still active. Request a refund for any remaining premiums.

Bring the cancelled registration documentation when you go to register the vehicle in Manitoba. The MPI agent can begin the registration process and issue new Manitoba plates and registration cards.

There is no fee for transferring out-of-province registration to Manitoba. However, you will need to pay the annual registration fee based on your vehicle type.

 

Renewing a Vehicle Registration

Vehicle registrations in Manitoba need to be renewed annually. MPI sends out renewal reminders 60 days before your registration expires. These reminders can be sent by mail or email. It’s important to renew your registration on time to avoid late penalties.

The fees for renewal are the same as initial registration. For most private vehicles, the annual renewal fee is $129. Additional fees may apply for drivers under 25 or over 65 years old.

You have several options for renewing your registration in Manitoba:

 

  • Online through MPI’s self-service portal
  • By phone through MPI’s Teleservice line
  • By mail by returning the renewal notice with payment
  • In person at any Autopac agent location

 

Online and phone renewals must be paid by credit card. Mailed renewals can be paid with a cheque. Renewing in person allows payment by cash, debit, credit card or cheque. For convenience, online renewal is recommended. However, you can choose the option that works best for you.

Your renewal payment must be received before your registration expires to avoid lapses in coverage or penalties. Make sure to review all information on your renewal notice and update your address or vehicle information if needed.

 

Registration Documents

When you register a vehicle in Manitoba, you will receive the following documents:

 

Registration Card

This card shows your name, address, vehicle details like make, model, year, and vehicle identification number (VIN). It must be carried in your vehicle at all times along with your license. If you sell the vehicle, the card must go along with it to the new owner.

 

License Plates

Your license plates show a unique combination of letters and numbers. Front and back plates are required on all vehicles in Manitoba, except motorcycles which only need a back plate. Plates stay with the owner, not the vehicle, but must be attached to the registered vehicle.

 

Sticker

A validation sticker showing the month and year of expiration must be affixed to your rear license plate. This sticker indicates your vehicle registration is current.

 

Documents to Carry

When driving in Manitoba, you must have your current registration card and valid insurance documents in the vehicle at all times. If stopped by law enforcement, you may be required to show these documents along with your driver’s license.

 

Insurance Requirements

All vehicles registered in Manitoba must be insured through Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)’s Basic Autopac plan. This mandatory insurance provides basic accident benefits and coverage for bodily injury and property damage. The Autopac policy automatically renews each year when you renew your vehicle registration.

The basic Autopac policy includes:

 

  • $200,000 Third Party Liability – covers injury or damage you may cause to other people/property in an at-fault accident
  • $500 Deductible
  • Underinsured Motorist Protection
  • Hit-and-Run Coverage
  • Accident Benefits – covers medical treatments, income replacement, death benefits

 

Additional options you can add onto the basic Autopac policy for further protection:

 

  • Lower Deductible – options range from $200 to $500
  • Increased Third Party Liability – up to $2 million
  • Collision Coverage – covers damage to your vehicle in an at-fault collision
  • Comprehensive Coverage – covers damage from theft, vandalism, hail, fire, wildlife
  • Rental Vehicle Coverage
  • Roadside Assistance

 

Review the options carefully and select the coverage limits and add-ons that fit your needs and budget. Shopping around between brokers can help find the best rate.

 

Safety Inspections

All vehicles being registered in Manitoba for the first time require a safety inspection unless qualifying for an exemption. This includes both new and used vehicles purchased from a dealer or private seller. Safety inspections ensure the vehicle meets Manitoba’s safety standards before being allowed on the roads.

Inspections must be done at authorized inspection facilities licensed by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). These include most mechanics, auto dealers, garages, and specialty inspection stations. A full list of authorized inspection facilities can be found on MPI’s website.

The inspection facility will conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle’s mechanical fitness and safety components like tires, brakes, lights, seatbelts, and more. Any issues or defects must be fixed before the vehicle can pass. Once approved, the facility will issue a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC), also called a Certificate of Inspection (COI). This certificate is valid for one year.

The SSC must be presented along with the vehicle registration forms and fees in order to complete registration. Registration cannot be finished without a valid, current safety certificate for vehicles requiring inspection. Make sure to get the inspection done early enough before registration deadline to allow time for any needed repairs.

 

Buying and Selling Considerations

When buying or selling a used vehicle in Manitoba, there are some important considerations around transferring ownership and ensuring proper disclosure between the buyer and seller.

To transfer ownership when selling a used vehicle, the seller must complete a Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD). This legal document records the sale and transfers ownership to the buyer. It includes information like the vehicle’s make, model, VIN, odometer reading, sale price, date of sale, and details about the buyer and seller. Without a properly completed TOD, the buyer won’t be able to register the vehicle.

In addition to the TOD, the seller should provide the buyer with a bill of sale or record of sale. This documents the details of the transaction such as the date, vehicle information, sale price, warranties (if any), and statements from both the buyer and seller. While not legally required, a bill of sale provides helpful proof of the transaction details.

The seller also has important disclosure responsibilities when selling a used vehicle privately. They must disclose any major defects, damage, mechanical issues, or history they are aware of that could impact the safety or value of the vehicle. The seller should be upfront about any accidents, flood damage, rebuilt status, or major repairs done on the vehicle. Providing false or misleading information to the buyer about the vehicle’s condition could make the sale contract void.

Likewise, the buyer should thoroughly inspect the vehicle and ask questions to satisfy themselves on the vehicle’s history and condition before purchasing. Test driving, having a mechanic inspect it, running a vehicle history report, and requesting maintenance records are all recommended.

Following proper procedures for transferring ownership and disclosure will help protect both buyers and sellers during a used vehicle sale.

 

Registration Tips and Advice

Registering a vehicle in Manitoba doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow some key tips and advice:

 

Take Advantage of Online Services

The Manitoba Public Insurance website offers many online services that can make registration faster and more convenient. You can use their online services to:

 

  • Renew your registration
  • Update your address
  • Pay registration fees
  • Download forms
  • Setup monthly payments
  • View your driving record

 

Taking care of tasks online can save you time and a trip to the office.

 

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute to renew your registration or complete transfers. Give yourself plenty of time in case additional inspections or paperwork are required.

If you are moving to Manitoba, start the registration process for your out-of-province vehicle as soon as possible. There may be delays in obtaining records from your previous province.

When buying a used vehicle, make sure the seller has completed the transfer paperwork ahead of time. This will allow you to register right away.

 

Follow All Regulations

Be sure to comply will all regulations around registration, insurance, safety inspections and documentation. Failing to follow the proper procedures can lead to fines, delays and complications.

Carefully review Manitoba’s requirements and guidelines when registering a vehicle for the first time or completing any type of transfer, even temporary permits.

Providing accurate information on all registration paperwork will prevent problems or rejections down the road.

 

Conclusion

Registering your vehicle properly in Manitoba is crucial for legal and safety reasons. In this guide, we covered the key steps for registering your car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle with Manitoba Public Insurance. The main requirements include having valid government ID, proof of ownership, safety inspection certificate, and automobile insurance. Costs range from $100-150 per year depending on your vehicle type. New residents have 90 days to switch over their registration after moving to Manitoba. Buying or selling a used vehicle involves transferring ownership officially. Follow the tips provided such as planning ahead, having documents in order, and double-checking VIN numbers to avoid problems. With some preparation and knowledge of the process, you can get your vehicle successfully registered in Manitoba. Proper registration allows you to legally drive your vehicle while following the law. It also provides financial coverage in case of collisions or theft. Please drive safely and have your documentation ready in your glove box in case it is needed. The open road awaits you here in Manitoba.

Questions About Registering a Car in Manitoba?

To register your car in Manitoba, you need to complete these steps:

  1. Get a valid Certificate of Inspection (COI) for your car from an Autopac agent or inspection station. This confirms your car meets Manitoba’s safety standards.
  2. Obtain license plates if it’s your first time registering a car in Manitoba.
  3. Bring identification such as your driver’s license, the vehicle’s bill of sale or proof of ownership, safety certification, and payment for registration fees to an Autopac agent.
  4. The Autopac agent will process your registration and provide you with a Registration Card for your vehicle.

– Bill of sale signed by the seller showing purchase price and vehicle details

– Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) form signed by the seller

– Valid Certificate of Inspection (COI)

– Your Manitoba driver’s license and insurance information

– Applicable taxes and registration fees

Yes, a valid Certificate of Inspection (COI) is required when registering most vehicles in Manitoba, including new and used cars purchased privately or from a dealer. The COI confirms your car meets Manitoba’s safety standards. Vehicles registered in other Canadian provinces are also required to pass inspection when registering in Manitoba.

For most private passenger vehicles like cars, SUVs and light trucks, Manitoba’s vehicle registration fee is $129 annually. Additional fees include:

 

– New license plate fee: $15-$30

– Inspection fee: $55

– Retail sales tax on vehicle purchase price

 

Registration fees may be higher for commercial vehicles. Manitoba has lowered fees the past 2 years.

Yes, you can register a vehicle in Manitoba without having a valid local driver’s license. However, you still need to provide alternate accepted identification such as a Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card, out of province driver’s license, or other government-issued photo ID. You also need to have a Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) file opened.

When buying or selling a used car in Manitoba, you need to transfer ownership by:

 

  1. Completing all sections of Manitoba Public Insurance’s Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) form.
  2. The seller must sign and date the TOD to transfer ownership to the buyer.
  3. Submit the TOD along with required documents when registering the car.
  4. Pay applicable taxes and fees.

 

Both buyer and seller should keep a copy of the signed TOD.

There are pros and cons to buying in Manitoba versus another province. Out-of-province dealers may have lower prices and more selection. However, you may need to pay transportation costs and complete additional paperwork/inspections to register in Manitoba. Research regulations carefully first. Buying locally through a Manitoba dealer simplifies registering the car in the province.

You must register a newly purchased car in Manitoba within 30 days of taking delivery. This applies to both dealer and private sales. Some exceptions may apply for unique situations – check with an Autopac agent if unsure. Fines can apply for late registration.

Yes, newly purchased vehicles in Manitoba can be driven for up to 30 days before needing to complete registration. You should carry previous owner’s registration and proof of valid insurance during this period. An Autopac agent can provide a free 30-day registration permit if required.

To transfer an out-of-province vehicle registration into Manitoba, you need to:

 

  1. Obtain a valid Certificate of Inspection in Manitoba
  2. Provide Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) with previous registration, ownership documentation and ID
  3. Pay applicable taxes and registration fees
  4. MPI will then issue new registration and plates for your car

When transferring registration from another province, it is recommended you notify that province of the move to cancel your previous registration and insurance. Provide them details of the car and your new Manitoba address. This avoids issues should plates be misused.

Yes, other Canadian province driver’s licenses remain valid in Manitoba for 3 months after taking up residency. You must switch your license within this 3 month period by passing a vision test and paying applicable fees. Make sure you get a Certificate of Inspection during this window if registering a vehicle as well.

Likely not. Your previous province’s insurance is only valid in Manitoba for a short period after moving there. Manitoba requires all registered vehicles carry Manitoba Public Insurance. Be prepared to purchase Autopac insurance to avoid fines or issues – this must be done quickly after moving.

To register an imported vehicle, you need:

 

– Canadian Border Services documents

– Previous foreign registration

– Safety inspection certificates

– Receipts for applicable duty and taxes paid

– Ownership documentation

– Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) requirements

Vehicles can only be driven in Manitoba with foreign license plates for up to 3 months. You need to register your vehicle in Manitoba and get Manitoba plates before this period ends. Exceptions apply for some temporary residents and students able to extend this period further when eligible.

When moving to another province, you need to cancel your Manitoba vehicle registration and Autopac insurance. Return license plates to an MPI service centre and obtain confirmation your previous policy has been cancelled without penalty before leaving Manitoba. Get insurance in your new province immediately after arriving there.

Standard passenger vehicle license plates cost between $15-30 in Manitoba depending on the plate type. Specialty, personalized, and vanity plates cost more. Plate pricing can change year-to-year but $15-30 is typical for regular class.

No. All vehicles driven in Manitoba must be registered and insured, even newly purchased ones. The previous owner’s registration can be used temporarily only if insurance remains active. Otherwise, you need to arrange Autopac insurance and temporary permits from an MPI broker prior to driving unregistered vehicles.

The penalties for driving an unregistered vehicle in Manitoba include:

 

– Fines from $200 up to $5,000

– Vehicle impoundment

– License suspension

– Demerit points

 

You may also be responsible for towing and impound charges along with needing to pay registration fees and penalties before releasing the vehicle.

Contact Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) directly for additional details on vehicle registration in the province. You can call their toll-free customer service line at 1-800-665-2410 or visit an Autopac agent location near you. Full details are also available on the official MPI website mpi.mb.ca.

 

Requirements for Registering a Vehicle in Manitoba

To register a vehicle in Manitoba, there are several key requirements you must meet:

Residency: You must be a permanent resident of Manitoba. Temporary residents cannot register vehicles in the province.

Age: You must be at least 16 years old to register a vehicle. If you’re under 18, you’ll need consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Driver’s License: You’ll need a valid Manitoba driver’s license. Out-of-province licenses are not accepted for registration purposes.

Ownership Documentation: You’ll need paperwork that proves ownership of the vehicle, such as a bill of sale or title transfer form.

Safety Inspection: All vehicles must pass a certified mechanical inspection before registration. You’ll need a valid safety certificate.

Insurance: You must have valid Manitoba insurance before you can register. Liability coverage is required by law.

Meeting these requirements is mandatory for legally registering any vehicle in the province of Manitoba. Failing to meet any of these registration requirements can result in fines or the rejection of your registration application.

 

Cost to Register a Vehicle

The cost to register a vehicle in Manitoba depends on several factors but primarily includes registration fees, inspection fees, and taxes.

 

Registration Fees

The registration fee to license a vehicle in Manitoba varies based on the type and weight class of the vehicle. For a standard personal-use car, SUV or light truck, the annual registration fee is $129. There are reduced rates for certain vehicles like motorcycles ($56) and trailers ($62). Registration for commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and buses is based on the vehicle’s registered gross weight. These fees range from $215 to over $1,300 annually.

 

Inspection Fees

All vehicles registered in Manitoba require a Certificate of Inspection (COI), which costs $55. The inspection verifies the vehicle meets Manitoba safety standards. New vehicles purchased from a dealer receive a COI, but used vehicles must be inspected at an authorized inspection station. Failure to pass inspection will require repairs and re-inspection, adding to the overall registration cost.

 

Taxes

There is a 7% Retail Sales Tax (RST) charged on private vehicle purchases in Manitoba. If you are registering a newly purchased vehicle, you must show proof this tax was collected. There are some exceptions – no RST is charged on used vehicles purchased privately rather than from a dealer. The province also collects an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) decal fee of $6 annually for diesel vehicles over 11,794 kg registered gross weight.

 

How to Register a New Vehicle

Registering a brand-new vehicle purchased in Manitoba is a straightforward process. The first step is buying the vehicle, either from a dealership or through a private sale. When buying from a dealership, you’ll get most of the paperwork you need for registration. For a private sale, make sure to get a bill of sale from the seller.

Once you’ve purchased the vehicle, you need to arrange insurance. All vehicles registered in Manitoba require basic Autopac insurance coverage from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). You can get insurance coverage even before taking possession of the vehicle. Contact an Autopac agent to get insured.

Before registering the vehicle, it needs to pass a safety inspection. Safety inspections are required on all vehicles being registered for the first time in Manitoba, and certify the vehicle meets mechanical safety standards. Inspections are performed at any authorized inspection station, with costs starting around $70.

With the bill of sale, insurance, and safety inspection complete, you can apply to register the vehicle. Bring the documentation to any Manitoba Public Insurance service centre, broker, or agent. Registration fees for passenger vehicles are $129 annually. Once registered, you’ll get the registration card and plates for your new vehicle.

 

Registering a Used Vehicle

When purchasing a used vehicle in Manitoba, you’ll need to transfer ownership and register the vehicle in your name. This process is slightly different depending on whether you’re buying from a private seller or a dealership.

For a private sale, you’ll receive a Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) that must be signed by the seller. This legally transfers ownership of the vehicle to you. Make sure the odometer reading and sale price are included. You must register the vehicle within 10 days of purchasing it to avoid paying a $10 late transfer fee.

When buying from a dealership, they will handle the ownership transfer paperwork for you. The dealer will provide you with the TOD to bring to the registry office for registration.

In both cases, you’ll need to get a safety inspection before registration. Take the used vehicle to any authorized inspection station, where a certified mechanic will check things like tires, lights, brakes, seat belts and more. If the vehicle passes inspection you’ll receive a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to provide at the registry office along with your TOD.

Registering a used vehicle also requires valid auto insurance and applicable taxes paid. With all documentation in hand, you can complete registration at any Autopac agent location.

 

Registering an Out-of-Province Vehicle

If you are moving to Manitoba or buying a vehicle from another province, you will need to register your out-of-province vehicle in Manitoba. This involves a few extra steps compared to registering a vehicle already in the province.

First, you will need to obtain the proper ownership documents from the current province where the vehicle is registered. This proof of ownership is required for registering the vehicle in Manitoba.

Next, you will need to import the vehicle into Manitoba and declare it at the border crossing. Make sure you have the ownership, bill of sale, and any other required paperwork with you.

An out-of-province vehicle also needs to pass a safety inspection at an authorized inspection station before it can be registered in Manitoba. This inspection makes sure the vehicle meets Manitoba’s safety standards. There is a fee for the inspection that must be paid.

Finally, you can take your paperwork, including the passed inspection certificate, to any Autopac agent office and register the out-of-province vehicle. There will likely be additional fees on top of the regular registration costs to transfer and import the vehicle into Manitoba.

While registering an out-of-province vehicle takes a few extra steps, it is a straightforward process. The key is having all the necessary paperwork from the current province of registration to prove ownership and show you legally imported the vehicle into Manitoba.

 

Registering Without a Driver’s License

You don’t need a valid driver’s license to register or insure a vehicle in Manitoba. However, you do need to have an open file with Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). Here’s what you need to know about registering a vehicle if you don’t have a driver’s license:

 

Options for Non-Drivers

If you don’t have a driver’s license, you can still register a vehicle by obtaining a Manitoba Public Insurance Identification Card. This card will have your unique Registrant Identification Number (RIN) that allows you to register vehicles.

To get an MPI Identification Card, you’ll need to visit an Autopac agent and provide documentation to confirm your identity, such as a birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc. There is a small fee for the identification card.

Once you have your MPI ID card with RIN, you can register any vehicles you own. You’ll still need to purchase at least Basic Autopac insurance coverage as the registered owner.

 

Using Registrant Number

Your 15-digit RIN number serves as your unique identifier in the MPI system. This number stays the same even if your address changes. The RIN is connected to your customer file and vehicle registration records.

When registering a vehicle without a license, you’ll need to provide your RIN along with the vehicle’s paperwork. Any vehicles registered under your RIN will list you as the registered owner. You can also use your RIN when contacting MPI by phone or visiting in-person.

 

Registering as a New Manitoba Resident

If you are moving to Manitoba from another province or country, there are a few extra steps you’ll need to take to get your vehicle properly registered in the province:

 

Steps for New Residents

To register your out-of-province vehicle in Manitoba, you’ll first need to get a Manitoba driver’s license. Visit any Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance service centre with the required identification documents to apply for your new license.

Once you have your Manitoba license, you can begin the vehicle registration process. You’ll need to provide proof of ownership and your valid out-of-province registration. An inspection may also be required on the vehicle before registration is completed.

As a new Manitoba resident, you’ll need to switch your auto insurance over to Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to get at least basic Autopac coverage before you can fully register the vehicle.

 

Transferring Out-of-Province Registration

To transfer an out-of-province registration to Manitoba, you’ll need to cancel your registration and auto insurance in the previous province if it is still active. Request a refund for any remaining premiums.

Bring the cancelled registration documentation when you go to register the vehicle in Manitoba. The MPI agent can begin the registration process and issue new Manitoba plates and registration cards.

There is no fee for transferring out-of-province registration to Manitoba. However, you will need to pay the annual registration fee based on your vehicle type.

 

Renewing a Vehicle Registration

Vehicle registrations in Manitoba need to be renewed annually. MPI sends out renewal reminders 60 days before your registration expires. These reminders can be sent by mail or email. It’s important to renew your registration on time to avoid late penalties.

The fees for renewal are the same as initial registration. For most private vehicles, the annual renewal fee is $129. Additional fees may apply for drivers under 25 or over 65 years old.

You have several options for renewing your registration in Manitoba:

 

  • Online through MPI’s self-service portal
  • By phone through MPI’s Teleservice line
  • By mail by returning the renewal notice with payment
  • In person at any Autopac agent location

 

Online and phone renewals must be paid by credit card. Mailed renewals can be paid with a cheque. Renewing in person allows payment by cash, debit, credit card or cheque. For convenience, online renewal is recommended. However, you can choose the option that works best for you.

Your renewal payment must be received before your registration expires to avoid lapses in coverage or penalties. Make sure to review all information on your renewal notice and update your address or vehicle information if needed.

 

Registration Documents

When you register a vehicle in Manitoba, you will receive the following documents:

 

Registration Card

This card shows your name, address, vehicle details like make, model, year, and vehicle identification number (VIN). It must be carried in your vehicle at all times along with your license. If you sell the vehicle, the card must go along with it to the new owner.

 

License Plates

Your license plates show a unique combination of letters and numbers. Front and back plates are required on all vehicles in Manitoba, except motorcycles which only need a back plate. Plates stay with the owner, not the vehicle, but must be attached to the registered vehicle.

 

Sticker

A validation sticker showing the month and year of expiration must be affixed to your rear license plate. This sticker indicates your vehicle registration is current.

 

Documents to Carry

When driving in Manitoba, you must have your current registration card and valid insurance documents in the vehicle at all times. If stopped by law enforcement, you may be required to show these documents along with your driver’s license.

 

Insurance Requirements

All vehicles registered in Manitoba must be insured through Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)’s Basic Autopac plan. This mandatory insurance provides basic accident benefits and coverage for bodily injury and property damage. The Autopac policy automatically renews each year when you renew your vehicle registration.

The basic Autopac policy includes:

 

  • $200,000 Third Party Liability – covers injury or damage you may cause to other people/property in an at-fault accident
  • $500 Deductible
  • Underinsured Motorist Protection
  • Hit-and-Run Coverage
  • Accident Benefits – covers medical treatments, income replacement, death benefits

 

Additional options you can add onto the basic Autopac policy for further protection:

 

  • Lower Deductible – options range from $200 to $500
  • Increased Third Party Liability – up to $2 million
  • Collision Coverage – covers damage to your vehicle in an at-fault collision
  • Comprehensive Coverage – covers damage from theft, vandalism, hail, fire, wildlife
  • Rental Vehicle Coverage
  • Roadside Assistance

 

Review the options carefully and select the coverage limits and add-ons that fit your needs and budget. Shopping around between brokers can help find the best rate.

 

Safety Inspections

All vehicles being registered in Manitoba for the first time require a safety inspection unless qualifying for an exemption. This includes both new and used vehicles purchased from a dealer or private seller. Safety inspections ensure the vehicle meets Manitoba’s safety standards before being allowed on the roads.

Inspections must be done at authorized inspection facilities licensed by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). These include most mechanics, auto dealers, garages, and specialty inspection stations. A full list of authorized inspection facilities can be found on MPI’s website.

The inspection facility will conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle’s mechanical fitness and safety components like tires, brakes, lights, seatbelts, and more. Any issues or defects must be fixed before the vehicle can pass. Once approved, the facility will issue a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC), also called a Certificate of Inspection (COI). This certificate is valid for one year.

The SSC must be presented along with the vehicle registration forms and fees in order to complete registration. Registration cannot be finished without a valid, current safety certificate for vehicles requiring inspection. Make sure to get the inspection done early enough before registration deadline to allow time for any needed repairs.

 

Buying and Selling Considerations

When buying or selling a used vehicle in Manitoba, there are some important considerations around transferring ownership and ensuring proper disclosure between the buyer and seller.

To transfer ownership when selling a used vehicle, the seller must complete a Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD). This legal document records the sale and transfers ownership to the buyer. It includes information like the vehicle’s make, model, VIN, odometer reading, sale price, date of sale, and details about the buyer and seller. Without a properly completed TOD, the buyer won’t be able to register the vehicle.

In addition to the TOD, the seller should provide the buyer with a bill of sale or record of sale. This documents the details of the transaction such as the date, vehicle information, sale price, warranties (if any), and statements from both the buyer and seller. While not legally required, a bill of sale provides helpful proof of the transaction details.

The seller also has important disclosure responsibilities when selling a used vehicle privately. They must disclose any major defects, damage, mechanical issues, or history they are aware of that could impact the safety or value of the vehicle. The seller should be upfront about any accidents, flood damage, rebuilt status, or major repairs done on the vehicle. Providing false or misleading information to the buyer about the vehicle’s condition could make the sale contract void.

Likewise, the buyer should thoroughly inspect the vehicle and ask questions to satisfy themselves on the vehicle’s history and condition before purchasing. Test driving, having a mechanic inspect it, running a vehicle history report, and requesting maintenance records are all recommended.

Following proper procedures for transferring ownership and disclosure will help protect both buyers and sellers during a used vehicle sale.

 

Registration Tips and Advice

Registering a vehicle in Manitoba doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow some key tips and advice:

 

Take Advantage of Online Services

The Manitoba Public Insurance website offers many online services that can make registration faster and more convenient. You can use their online services to:

 

  • Renew your registration
  • Update your address
  • Pay registration fees
  • Download forms
  • Setup monthly payments
  • View your driving record

 

Taking care of tasks online can save you time and a trip to the office.

 

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute to renew your registration or complete transfers. Give yourself plenty of time in case additional inspections or paperwork are required.

If you are moving to Manitoba, start the registration process for your out-of-province vehicle as soon as possible. There may be delays in obtaining records from your previous province.

When buying a used vehicle, make sure the seller has completed the transfer paperwork ahead of time. This will allow you to register right away.

 

Follow All Regulations

Be sure to comply will all regulations around registration, insurance, safety inspections and documentation. Failing to follow the proper procedures can lead to fines, delays and complications.

Carefully review Manitoba’s requirements and guidelines when registering a vehicle for the first time or completing any type of transfer, even temporary permits.

Providing accurate information on all registration paperwork will prevent problems or rejections down the road.

 

Conclusion

Registering your vehicle properly in Manitoba is crucial for legal and safety reasons. In this guide, we covered the key steps for registering your car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle with Manitoba Public Insurance. The main requirements include having valid government ID, proof of ownership, safety inspection certificate, and automobile insurance. Costs range from $100-150 per year depending on your vehicle type. New residents have 90 days to switch over their registration after moving to Manitoba. Buying or selling a used vehicle involves transferring ownership officially. Follow the tips provided such as planning ahead, having documents in order, and double-checking VIN numbers to avoid problems. With some preparation and knowledge of the process, you can get your vehicle successfully registered in Manitoba. Proper registration allows you to legally drive your vehicle while following the law. It also provides financial coverage in case of collisions or theft. Please drive safely and have your documentation ready in your glove box in case it is needed. The open road awaits you here in Manitoba.

Questions About Registering a Car in Manitoba?

To register your car in Manitoba, you need to complete these steps:

  1. Get a valid Certificate of Inspection (COI) for your car from an Autopac agent or inspection station. This confirms your car meets Manitoba’s safety standards.
  2. Obtain license plates if it’s your first time registering a car in Manitoba.
  3. Bring identification such as your driver’s license, the vehicle’s bill of sale or proof of ownership, safety certification, and payment for registration fees to an Autopac agent.
  4. The Autopac agent will process your registration and provide you with a Registration Card for your vehicle.

– Bill of sale signed by the seller showing purchase price and vehicle details

– Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) form signed by the seller

– Valid Certificate of Inspection (COI)

– Your Manitoba driver’s license and insurance information

– Applicable taxes and registration fees

Yes, a valid Certificate of Inspection (COI) is required when registering most vehicles in Manitoba, including new and used cars purchased privately or from a dealer. The COI confirms your car meets Manitoba’s safety standards. Vehicles registered in other Canadian provinces are also required to pass inspection when registering in Manitoba.

For most private passenger vehicles like cars, SUVs and light trucks, Manitoba’s vehicle registration fee is $129 annually. Additional fees include:

 

– New license plate fee: $15-$30

– Inspection fee: $55

– Retail sales tax on vehicle purchase price

 

Registration fees may be higher for commercial vehicles. Manitoba has lowered fees the past 2 years.

Yes, you can register a vehicle in Manitoba without having a valid local driver’s license. However, you still need to provide alternate accepted identification such as a Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card, out of province driver’s license, or other government-issued photo ID. You also need to have a Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) file opened.

When buying or selling a used car in Manitoba, you need to transfer ownership by:

 

  1. Completing all sections of Manitoba Public Insurance’s Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) form.
  2. The seller must sign and date the TOD to transfer ownership to the buyer.
  3. Submit the TOD along with required documents when registering the car.
  4. Pay applicable taxes and fees.

 

Both buyer and seller should keep a copy of the signed TOD.

There are pros and cons to buying in Manitoba versus another province. Out-of-province dealers may have lower prices and more selection. However, you may need to pay transportation costs and complete additional paperwork/inspections to register in Manitoba. Research regulations carefully first. Buying locally through a Manitoba dealer simplifies registering the car in the province.

You must register a newly purchased car in Manitoba within 30 days of taking delivery. This applies to both dealer and private sales. Some exceptions may apply for unique situations – check with an Autopac agent if unsure. Fines can apply for late registration.

Yes, newly purchased vehicles in Manitoba can be driven for up to 30 days before needing to complete registration. You should carry previous owner’s registration and proof of valid insurance during this period. An Autopac agent can provide a free 30-day registration permit if required.

To transfer an out-of-province vehicle registration into Manitoba, you need to:

 

  1. Obtain a valid Certificate of Inspection in Manitoba
  2. Provide Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) with previous registration, ownership documentation and ID
  3. Pay applicable taxes and registration fees
  4. MPI will then issue new registration and plates for your car

When transferring registration from another province, it is recommended you notify that province of the move to cancel your previous registration and insurance. Provide them details of the car and your new Manitoba address. This avoids issues should plates be misused.

Yes, other Canadian province driver’s licenses remain valid in Manitoba for 3 months after taking up residency. You must switch your license within this 3 month period by passing a vision test and paying applicable fees. Make sure you get a Certificate of Inspection during this window if registering a vehicle as well.

Likely not. Your previous province’s insurance is only valid in Manitoba for a short period after moving there. Manitoba requires all registered vehicles carry Manitoba Public Insurance. Be prepared to purchase Autopac insurance to avoid fines or issues – this must be done quickly after moving.

To register an imported vehicle, you need:

 

– Canadian Border Services documents

– Previous foreign registration

– Safety inspection certificates

– Receipts for applicable duty and taxes paid

– Ownership documentation

– Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) requirements

Vehicles can only be driven in Manitoba with foreign license plates for up to 3 months. You need to register your vehicle in Manitoba and get Manitoba plates before this period ends. Exceptions apply for some temporary residents and students able to extend this period further when eligible.

When moving to another province, you need to cancel your Manitoba vehicle registration and Autopac insurance. Return license plates to an MPI service centre and obtain confirmation your previous policy has been cancelled without penalty before leaving Manitoba. Get insurance in your new province immediately after arriving there.

Standard passenger vehicle license plates cost between $15-30 in Manitoba depending on the plate type. Specialty, personalized, and vanity plates cost more. Plate pricing can change year-to-year but $15-30 is typical for regular class.

No. All vehicles driven in Manitoba must be registered and insured, even newly purchased ones. The previous owner’s registration can be used temporarily only if insurance remains active. Otherwise, you need to arrange Autopac insurance and temporary permits from an MPI broker prior to driving unregistered vehicles.

The penalties for driving an unregistered vehicle in Manitoba include:

 

– Fines from $200 up to $5,000

– Vehicle impoundment

– License suspension

– Demerit points

 

You may also be responsible for towing and impound charges along with needing to pay registration fees and penalties before releasing the vehicle.

Contact Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) directly for additional details on vehicle registration in the province. You can call their toll-free customer service line at 1-800-665-2410 or visit an Autopac agent location near you. Full details are also available on the official MPI website mpi.mb.ca.

 

Requirements for Registering a Vehicle in Manitoba

To register a vehicle in Manitoba, there are several key requirements you must meet:

Residency: You must be a permanent resident of Manitoba. Temporary residents cannot register vehicles in the province.

Age: You must be at least 16 years old to register a vehicle. If you’re under 18, you’ll need consent from a parent or legal guardian.

Driver’s License: You’ll need a valid Manitoba driver’s license. Out-of-province licenses are not accepted for registration purposes.

Ownership Documentation: You’ll need paperwork that proves ownership of the vehicle, such as a bill of sale or title transfer form.

Safety Inspection: All vehicles must pass a certified mechanical inspection before registration. You’ll need a valid safety certificate.

Insurance: You must have valid Manitoba insurance before you can register. Liability coverage is required by law.

Meeting these requirements is mandatory for legally registering any vehicle in the province of Manitoba. Failing to meet any of these registration requirements can result in fines or the rejection of your registration application.

 

Cost to Register a Vehicle

The cost to register a vehicle in Manitoba depends on several factors but primarily includes registration fees, inspection fees, and taxes.

 

Registration Fees

The registration fee to license a vehicle in Manitoba varies based on the type and weight class of the vehicle. For a standard personal-use car, SUV or light truck, the annual registration fee is $129. There are reduced rates for certain vehicles like motorcycles ($56) and trailers ($62). Registration for commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and buses is based on the vehicle’s registered gross weight. These fees range from $215 to over $1,300 annually.

 

Inspection Fees

All vehicles registered in Manitoba require a Certificate of Inspection (COI), which costs $55. The inspection verifies the vehicle meets Manitoba safety standards. New vehicles purchased from a dealer receive a COI, but used vehicles must be inspected at an authorized inspection station. Failure to pass inspection will require repairs and re-inspection, adding to the overall registration cost.

 

Taxes

There is a 7% Retail Sales Tax (RST) charged on private vehicle purchases in Manitoba. If you are registering a newly purchased vehicle, you must show proof this tax was collected. There are some exceptions – no RST is charged on used vehicles purchased privately rather than from a dealer. The province also collects an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) decal fee of $6 annually for diesel vehicles over 11,794 kg registered gross weight.

 

How to Register a New Vehicle

Registering a brand-new vehicle purchased in Manitoba is a straightforward process. The first step is buying the vehicle, either from a dealership or through a private sale. When buying from a dealership, you’ll get most of the paperwork you need for registration. For a private sale, make sure to get a bill of sale from the seller.

Once you’ve purchased the vehicle, you need to arrange insurance. All vehicles registered in Manitoba require basic Autopac insurance coverage from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). You can get insurance coverage even before taking possession of the vehicle. Contact an Autopac agent to get insured.

Before registering the vehicle, it needs to pass a safety inspection. Safety inspections are required on all vehicles being registered for the first time in Manitoba, and certify the vehicle meets mechanical safety standards. Inspections are performed at any authorized inspection station, with costs starting around $70.

With the bill of sale, insurance, and safety inspection complete, you can apply to register the vehicle. Bring the documentation to any Manitoba Public Insurance service centre, broker, or agent. Registration fees for passenger vehicles are $129 annually. Once registered, you’ll get the registration card and plates for your new vehicle.

 

Registering a Used Vehicle

When purchasing a used vehicle in Manitoba, you’ll need to transfer ownership and register the vehicle in your name. This process is slightly different depending on whether you’re buying from a private seller or a dealership.

For a private sale, you’ll receive a Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) that must be signed by the seller. This legally transfers ownership of the vehicle to you. Make sure the odometer reading and sale price are included. You must register the vehicle within 10 days of purchasing it to avoid paying a $10 late transfer fee.

When buying from a dealership, they will handle the ownership transfer paperwork for you. The dealer will provide you with the TOD to bring to the registry office for registration.

In both cases, you’ll need to get a safety inspection before registration. Take the used vehicle to any authorized inspection station, where a certified mechanic will check things like tires, lights, brakes, seat belts and more. If the vehicle passes inspection you’ll receive a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to provide at the registry office along with your TOD.

Registering a used vehicle also requires valid auto insurance and applicable taxes paid. With all documentation in hand, you can complete registration at any Autopac agent location.

 

Registering an Out-of-Province Vehicle

If you are moving to Manitoba or buying a vehicle from another province, you will need to register your out-of-province vehicle in Manitoba. This involves a few extra steps compared to registering a vehicle already in the province.

First, you will need to obtain the proper ownership documents from the current province where the vehicle is registered. This proof of ownership is required for registering the vehicle in Manitoba.

Next, you will need to import the vehicle into Manitoba and declare it at the border crossing. Make sure you have the ownership, bill of sale, and any other required paperwork with you.

An out-of-province vehicle also needs to pass a safety inspection at an authorized inspection station before it can be registered in Manitoba. This inspection makes sure the vehicle meets Manitoba’s safety standards. There is a fee for the inspection that must be paid.

Finally, you can take your paperwork, including the passed inspection certificate, to any Autopac agent office and register the out-of-province vehicle. There will likely be additional fees on top of the regular registration costs to transfer and import the vehicle into Manitoba.

While registering an out-of-province vehicle takes a few extra steps, it is a straightforward process. The key is having all the necessary paperwork from the current province of registration to prove ownership and show you legally imported the vehicle into Manitoba.

 

Registering Without a Driver’s License

You don’t need a valid driver’s license to register or insure a vehicle in Manitoba. However, you do need to have an open file with Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). Here’s what you need to know about registering a vehicle if you don’t have a driver’s license:

 

Options for Non-Drivers

If you don’t have a driver’s license, you can still register a vehicle by obtaining a Manitoba Public Insurance Identification Card. This card will have your unique Registrant Identification Number (RIN) that allows you to register vehicles.

To get an MPI Identification Card, you’ll need to visit an Autopac agent and provide documentation to confirm your identity, such as a birth certificate, passport, permanent resident card, etc. There is a small fee for the identification card.

Once you have your MPI ID card with RIN, you can register any vehicles you own. You’ll still need to purchase at least Basic Autopac insurance coverage as the registered owner.

 

Using Registrant Number

Your 15-digit RIN number serves as your unique identifier in the MPI system. This number stays the same even if your address changes. The RIN is connected to your customer file and vehicle registration records.

When registering a vehicle without a license, you’ll need to provide your RIN along with the vehicle’s paperwork. Any vehicles registered under your RIN will list you as the registered owner. You can also use your RIN when contacting MPI by phone or visiting in-person.

 

Registering as a New Manitoba Resident

If you are moving to Manitoba from another province or country, there are a few extra steps you’ll need to take to get your vehicle properly registered in the province:

 

Steps for New Residents

To register your out-of-province vehicle in Manitoba, you’ll first need to get a Manitoba driver’s license. Visit any Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance service centre with the required identification documents to apply for your new license.

Once you have your Manitoba license, you can begin the vehicle registration process. You’ll need to provide proof of ownership and your valid out-of-province registration. An inspection may also be required on the vehicle before registration is completed.

As a new Manitoba resident, you’ll need to switch your auto insurance over to Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to get at least basic Autopac coverage before you can fully register the vehicle.

 

Transferring Out-of-Province Registration

To transfer an out-of-province registration to Manitoba, you’ll need to cancel your registration and auto insurance in the previous province if it is still active. Request a refund for any remaining premiums.

Bring the cancelled registration documentation when you go to register the vehicle in Manitoba. The MPI agent can begin the registration process and issue new Manitoba plates and registration cards.

There is no fee for transferring out-of-province registration to Manitoba. However, you will need to pay the annual registration fee based on your vehicle type.

 

Renewing a Vehicle Registration

Vehicle registrations in Manitoba need to be renewed annually. MPI sends out renewal reminders 60 days before your registration expires. These reminders can be sent by mail or email. It’s important to renew your registration on time to avoid late penalties.

The fees for renewal are the same as initial registration. For most private vehicles, the annual renewal fee is $129. Additional fees may apply for drivers under 25 or over 65 years old.

You have several options for renewing your registration in Manitoba:

 

  • Online through MPI’s self-service portal
  • By phone through MPI’s Teleservice line
  • By mail by returning the renewal notice with payment
  • In person at any Autopac agent location

 

Online and phone renewals must be paid by credit card. Mailed renewals can be paid with a cheque. Renewing in person allows payment by cash, debit, credit card or cheque. For convenience, online renewal is recommended. However, you can choose the option that works best for you.

Your renewal payment must be received before your registration expires to avoid lapses in coverage or penalties. Make sure to review all information on your renewal notice and update your address or vehicle information if needed.

 

Registration Documents

When you register a vehicle in Manitoba, you will receive the following documents:

 

Registration Card

This card shows your name, address, vehicle details like make, model, year, and vehicle identification number (VIN). It must be carried in your vehicle at all times along with your license. If you sell the vehicle, the card must go along with it to the new owner.

 

License Plates

Your license plates show a unique combination of letters and numbers. Front and back plates are required on all vehicles in Manitoba, except motorcycles which only need a back plate. Plates stay with the owner, not the vehicle, but must be attached to the registered vehicle.

 

Sticker

A validation sticker showing the month and year of expiration must be affixed to your rear license plate. This sticker indicates your vehicle registration is current.

 

Documents to Carry

When driving in Manitoba, you must have your current registration card and valid insurance documents in the vehicle at all times. If stopped by law enforcement, you may be required to show these documents along with your driver’s license.

 

Insurance Requirements

All vehicles registered in Manitoba must be insured through Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)’s Basic Autopac plan. This mandatory insurance provides basic accident benefits and coverage for bodily injury and property damage. The Autopac policy automatically renews each year when you renew your vehicle registration.

The basic Autopac policy includes:

 

  • $200,000 Third Party Liability – covers injury or damage you may cause to other people/property in an at-fault accident
  • $500 Deductible
  • Underinsured Motorist Protection
  • Hit-and-Run Coverage
  • Accident Benefits – covers medical treatments, income replacement, death benefits

 

Additional options you can add onto the basic Autopac policy for further protection:

 

  • Lower Deductible – options range from $200 to $500
  • Increased Third Party Liability – up to $2 million
  • Collision Coverage – covers damage to your vehicle in an at-fault collision
  • Comprehensive Coverage – covers damage from theft, vandalism, hail, fire, wildlife
  • Rental Vehicle Coverage
  • Roadside Assistance

 

Review the options carefully and select the coverage limits and add-ons that fit your needs and budget. Shopping around between brokers can help find the best rate.

 

Safety Inspections

All vehicles being registered in Manitoba for the first time require a safety inspection unless qualifying for an exemption. This includes both new and used vehicles purchased from a dealer or private seller. Safety inspections ensure the vehicle meets Manitoba’s safety standards before being allowed on the roads.

Inspections must be done at authorized inspection facilities licensed by Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI). These include most mechanics, auto dealers, garages, and specialty inspection stations. A full list of authorized inspection facilities can be found on MPI’s website.

The inspection facility will conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle’s mechanical fitness and safety components like tires, brakes, lights, seatbelts, and more. Any issues or defects must be fixed before the vehicle can pass. Once approved, the facility will issue a Safety Standards Certificate (SSC), also called a Certificate of Inspection (COI). This certificate is valid for one year.

The SSC must be presented along with the vehicle registration forms and fees in order to complete registration. Registration cannot be finished without a valid, current safety certificate for vehicles requiring inspection. Make sure to get the inspection done early enough before registration deadline to allow time for any needed repairs.

 

Buying and Selling Considerations

When buying or selling a used vehicle in Manitoba, there are some important considerations around transferring ownership and ensuring proper disclosure between the buyer and seller.

To transfer ownership when selling a used vehicle, the seller must complete a Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD). This legal document records the sale and transfers ownership to the buyer. It includes information like the vehicle’s make, model, VIN, odometer reading, sale price, date of sale, and details about the buyer and seller. Without a properly completed TOD, the buyer won’t be able to register the vehicle.

In addition to the TOD, the seller should provide the buyer with a bill of sale or record of sale. This documents the details of the transaction such as the date, vehicle information, sale price, warranties (if any), and statements from both the buyer and seller. While not legally required, a bill of sale provides helpful proof of the transaction details.

The seller also has important disclosure responsibilities when selling a used vehicle privately. They must disclose any major defects, damage, mechanical issues, or history they are aware of that could impact the safety or value of the vehicle. The seller should be upfront about any accidents, flood damage, rebuilt status, or major repairs done on the vehicle. Providing false or misleading information to the buyer about the vehicle’s condition could make the sale contract void.

Likewise, the buyer should thoroughly inspect the vehicle and ask questions to satisfy themselves on the vehicle’s history and condition before purchasing. Test driving, having a mechanic inspect it, running a vehicle history report, and requesting maintenance records are all recommended.

Following proper procedures for transferring ownership and disclosure will help protect both buyers and sellers during a used vehicle sale.

 

Registration Tips and Advice

Registering a vehicle in Manitoba doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow some key tips and advice:

 

Take Advantage of Online Services

The Manitoba Public Insurance website offers many online services that can make registration faster and more convenient. You can use their online services to:

 

  • Renew your registration
  • Update your address
  • Pay registration fees
  • Download forms
  • Setup monthly payments
  • View your driving record

 

Taking care of tasks online can save you time and a trip to the office.

 

Plan Ahead

Don’t wait until the last minute to renew your registration or complete transfers. Give yourself plenty of time in case additional inspections or paperwork are required.

If you are moving to Manitoba, start the registration process for your out-of-province vehicle as soon as possible. There may be delays in obtaining records from your previous province.

When buying a used vehicle, make sure the seller has completed the transfer paperwork ahead of time. This will allow you to register right away.

 

Follow All Regulations

Be sure to comply will all regulations around registration, insurance, safety inspections and documentation. Failing to follow the proper procedures can lead to fines, delays and complications.

Carefully review Manitoba’s requirements and guidelines when registering a vehicle for the first time or completing any type of transfer, even temporary permits.

Providing accurate information on all registration paperwork will prevent problems or rejections down the road.

 

Conclusion

Registering your vehicle properly in Manitoba is crucial for legal and safety reasons. In this guide, we covered the key steps for registering your car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle with Manitoba Public Insurance. The main requirements include having valid government ID, proof of ownership, safety inspection certificate, and automobile insurance. Costs range from $100-150 per year depending on your vehicle type. New residents have 90 days to switch over their registration after moving to Manitoba. Buying or selling a used vehicle involves transferring ownership officially. Follow the tips provided such as planning ahead, having documents in order, and double-checking VIN numbers to avoid problems. With some preparation and knowledge of the process, you can get your vehicle successfully registered in Manitoba. Proper registration allows you to legally drive your vehicle while following the law. It also provides financial coverage in case of collisions or theft. Please drive safely and have your documentation ready in your glove box in case it is needed. The open road awaits you here in Manitoba.

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Questions About Registering a Car in Manitoba?

To register your car in Manitoba, you need to complete these steps:

  1. Get a valid Certificate of Inspection (COI) for your car from an Autopac agent or inspection station. This confirms your car meets Manitoba’s safety standards.
  2. Obtain license plates if it’s your first time registering a car in Manitoba.
  3. Bring identification such as your driver’s license, the vehicle’s bill of sale or proof of ownership, safety certification, and payment for registration fees to an Autopac agent.
  4. The Autopac agent will process your registration and provide you with a Registration Card for your vehicle.

– Bill of sale signed by the seller showing purchase price and vehicle details

– Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) form signed by the seller

– Valid Certificate of Inspection (COI)

– Your Manitoba driver’s license and insurance information

– Applicable taxes and registration fees

Yes, a valid Certificate of Inspection (COI) is required when registering most vehicles in Manitoba, including new and used cars purchased privately or from a dealer. The COI confirms your car meets Manitoba’s safety standards. Vehicles registered in other Canadian provinces are also required to pass inspection when registering in Manitoba.

For most private passenger vehicles like cars, SUVs and light trucks, Manitoba’s vehicle registration fee is $129 annually. Additional fees include:

 

– New license plate fee: $15-$30

– Inspection fee: $55

– Retail sales tax on vehicle purchase price

 

Registration fees may be higher for commercial vehicles. Manitoba has lowered fees the past 2 years.

Yes, you can register a vehicle in Manitoba without having a valid local driver’s license. However, you still need to provide alternate accepted identification such as a Manitoba Enhanced Identification Card, out of province driver’s license, or other government-issued photo ID. You also need to have a Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) file opened.

When buying or selling a used car in Manitoba, you need to transfer ownership by:

 

  1. Completing all sections of Manitoba Public Insurance’s Transfer of Ownership Document (TOD) form.
  2. The seller must sign and date the TOD to transfer ownership to the buyer.
  3. Submit the TOD along with required documents when registering the car.
  4. Pay applicable taxes and fees.

 

Both buyer and seller should keep a copy of the signed TOD.

There are pros and cons to buying in Manitoba versus another province. Out-of-province dealers may have lower prices and more selection. However, you may need to pay transportation costs and complete additional paperwork/inspections to register in Manitoba. Research regulations carefully first. Buying locally through a Manitoba dealer simplifies registering the car in the province.

You must register a newly purchased car in Manitoba within 30 days of taking delivery. This applies to both dealer and private sales. Some exceptions may apply for unique situations – check with an Autopac agent if unsure. Fines can apply for late registration.

Yes, newly purchased vehicles in Manitoba can be driven for up to 30 days before needing to complete registration. You should carry previous owner’s registration and proof of valid insurance during this period. An Autopac agent can provide a free 30-day registration permit if required.

To transfer an out-of-province vehicle registration into Manitoba, you need to:

 

  1. Obtain a valid Certificate of Inspection in Manitoba
  2. Provide Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) with previous registration, ownership documentation and ID
  3. Pay applicable taxes and registration fees
  4. MPI will then issue new registration and plates for your car

When transferring registration from another province, it is recommended you notify that province of the move to cancel your previous registration and insurance. Provide them details of the car and your new Manitoba address. This avoids issues should plates be misused.

Yes, other Canadian province driver’s licenses remain valid in Manitoba for 3 months after taking up residency. You must switch your license within this 3 month period by passing a vision test and paying applicable fees. Make sure you get a Certificate of Inspection during this window if registering a vehicle as well.

Likely not. Your previous province’s insurance is only valid in Manitoba for a short period after moving there. Manitoba requires all registered vehicles carry Manitoba Public Insurance. Be prepared to purchase Autopac insurance to avoid fines or issues – this must be done quickly after moving.

To register an imported vehicle, you need:

 

– Canadian Border Services documents

– Previous foreign registration

– Safety inspection certificates

– Receipts for applicable duty and taxes paid

– Ownership documentation

– Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) requirements

Vehicles can only be driven in Manitoba with foreign license plates for up to 3 months. You need to register your vehicle in Manitoba and get Manitoba plates before this period ends. Exceptions apply for some temporary residents and students able to extend this period further when eligible.

When moving to another province, you need to cancel your Manitoba vehicle registration and Autopac insurance. Return license plates to an MPI service centre and obtain confirmation your previous policy has been cancelled without penalty before leaving Manitoba. Get insurance in your new province immediately after arriving there.

Standard passenger vehicle license plates cost between $15-30 in Manitoba depending on the plate type. Specialty, personalized, and vanity plates cost more. Plate pricing can change year-to-year but $15-30 is typical for regular class.

No. All vehicles driven in Manitoba must be registered and insured, even newly purchased ones. The previous owner’s registration can be used temporarily only if insurance remains active. Otherwise, you need to arrange Autopac insurance and temporary permits from an MPI broker prior to driving unregistered vehicles.

The penalties for driving an unregistered vehicle in Manitoba include:

 

– Fines from $200 up to $5,000

– Vehicle impoundment

– License suspension

– Demerit points

 

You may also be responsible for towing and impound charges along with needing to pay registration fees and penalties before releasing the vehicle.

Contact Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) directly for additional details on vehicle registration in the province. You can call their toll-free customer service line at 1-800-665-2410 or visit an Autopac agent location near you. Full details are also available on the official MPI website mpi.mb.ca.

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