1997 base passenger, farm, truck, stickers, temp
Pass (HD sheeting)
Pass (no sticker box)
Pass (no stickers)
Pass (blank stickers)
Pass (5-year stickers)
Pass (1-year stickers)
Truck (HD sheeting)
Truck (no sticker box)
Truck (no stickers)
Truck (blank stickers)
Truck (5-year stickers)
Truck (1-year stickers)
Farm Truck (HD sheeting)
Farm Truck (no sticker box)
Farm Truck (no stickers)
Farm truck
(blank stickers)
Farm Truck (5-year stickers)
Farm Truck (1-year stickers)
Farm truck
Regulated (HD sheeting)
Regulated (no sticker box)
Regulated (no stickers)
Regulated (blank stickers)
Regulated (stickers)
Waldale (blank class)
Hi-Signs (blank class)
Scottish Gaelic
Protest sticker
Shriner sticker
VOID sticker
Pan Am
TEMP out of province
TEMP 2021
  • The entire AAA 1xx series (beginning at 101) was initially reserved for the Premier (AAA 101 to Gary Doer) and MLAs but several of these plates were withdrawn from use in the early-2000s. The highest such plate appears to have been AAA 115. Some AAA series plates in the higher 200 and 300 series still exist for government vehicles such as ambulances and highway department trucks. A fresh batch of 100 and lower-200-series plates (all dated SEP 2016) emerged in 2014-15.
  • With the initial introduction of this base in 1997, various minority language groups were offended because the plate was produced in English only. The issue ended up before the courts, and it was ruled that Manitoba had no constitutional requirement to produce licence plates with different languages. English is the primary language of Manitoba, however, this didn't stop some groups from producing their own stickers to add to their plates. Authorities allowed the plates to be defaced in this manner, as long as the sticker was a direct translation of the English greeting on the plate. When I returned to Manitoba in 2007 I found that very few of these retrofitted plates were still around. I've only seen about 35 of them in total and almost all of those were on relatively old plates, so the matter would appear to be behind us. I photograph whichever ones I see (that are still legible) and try to show them all on this website. In fact, I've seen more exc or mint examples on eBay than I've ever seen here in traffic!
  • In August 1999, the Pan Am Games were held in Winnipeg. The entire DDD series was issued ahead of sequence (they were only in the mid-B series at the time) to vehicles associated with the organization and operation of this event. The lowest numbers were assigned the highest level of security clearance while those vehicles bearing plates with the highest numbers had the least access. At the conclusion of the games, all DDD plates were returned to MPI headquarters in Winnipeg, where the majority were ultimately destroyed. A few pairs such as the repeating numbers 222, 444 did survive and were subsequently transferred to non-Pan Am vehicles for regular use for years after the event. We have also observed 394, 396, 397, 400, 401, 414 (DAA), 550, 636, 643, 649 and a few others in regular use as late as 2013. August and SEP 99 base stickers found on all original DDD plates indicate their unusual application. A few were extended to SEP 99 and some could be found with T stickers, indicating their use on trucks.
  • New Regulated (R) class introduced in September 2015 for buses requiring regular safety inspections. These plates were most frequently seen on city transit and school buses. With the 2019 elimination of the Motor Transport Board, PSV buses (including Apportioned) were merged into the Regulated category so highway coaches now use passenger + R sticker plates as well. Final result appears to be passenger + R sticker plates for ALL buses (except Vintage/Collector buses).
  • Month and year stickers ceased issuance in March 2016 after which point only white blanks and vehicle classes were issued. The latest-date observed stickers are April 2021 (due to the 5-year stickers issued between 2010-2016, dated 2010-2021).
  • Plates with no sticker boxes were produced starting in 2016 and appeared in use in early-2018 at the HXN/HXP cutoff point.
  • Reflective sheeting changed to the "High Definition" (HD) style in mid-2018 at the HZY 201 cutoff point. These plates have an "orange peel" texture and a distinctive striped pattern bison hologram in the center of the plate.
  • New style temporary permit introduced in January 2021. These heavy plate-sized paper permits have a large P series number and are to be mounted in the usual rear plate spot. An accompanying paper permit (which looks a lot like the previous temp style) is to be folded and taped to the front window.


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