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Manitoba to simplify driver licences

WINNIPEG, Man. -- Manitoba may adopt a new one-piece drivers licence that will resemble those issued in other provi...


WINNIPEG, Man. — Manitoba may adopt a new one-piece drivers licence that will resemble those issued in other provinces.

Its current three-piece licence is complex and confusing, according to Manitoba Public Insurance, which has taken over licensing responsibilities from the province’s Department of Transportation. The province has launched a review of its business practices and will examine the possibility of simplifying the current drivers licence.

“In that business process review, we’ll be looking at the possible change of drivers’ licences .. to a one-piece licence,” Brian Smiley, spokesman for the Crown agency, said in an interview with local media. “It’s not an easy thing and it will take some time.”

Currently, Manitoba drivers licences consist of a plastic photo card, a green sheet of paper with personal information and a validation sticker. The green paper and the sticker must be renewed every year while the ID card must be renewed every three years.

Manitoba Public Insurance says it is examining the licensing systems in other provinces.


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