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)
Passenger (Bilingual)
Truck (HD sheeting)
Truck (no sticker box)
Truck (no stickers)
Truck (blank stickers)
Truck (5-year stickers)
Truck (1-year stickers)
Truck (Bilingual)
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
Farm Truck (Bilingual)
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
  • 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at 101) was initially reserved for the Premier (AAA 101 to Gary Doer) and MLAs but several of these plates were later withdrawn from use. Some AAA series plates still exist for various uses, such as ambulances and highway department.
  • With the initial introduction of this base, 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 license 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-PanAM 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 and should not be tampered with. A few were extended to SEP 99 and some could be found with T stickers, indicating their use on trucks.
  • Regulated (R) class added in September 2015. These plates were used on certain types of non-PSV buses until March 2019 when all buses except Apportioned were merged into the Regulated category.
  • Date stickers abolished March 1, 2016. The latest observed stickers are April 2021 (due to the 5-year stickers issued between 2010-2016, dated 2010-2021) -- renewals after 3-1-16 received blank stickers until all date stickers covered over by early 2021. Plates issued after changeover date include no date stickers. Sticker boxes disappeared from all plates produced after 2016. On passenger plates, sticker boxes finally started to disappear from new issues after early 2018 or at the end of the HXN series.
  • Reflective Sheeting changed to "High Definition" (HD) style after HZJ series.


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