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Authorization for US driving license

Hi All,

I recently came to Basel Switzerland. Earlier I was working in USA in the state of New Hampshire. I was told by my friend here that i can directly convert my us driving license to swiss driving license. So yesterday i walked to the 2nd polizei office in clarastrasse. The lady over there was very kind and spoke good english. She checked my us license and gave me a form to fill it put passport photo and do a eye checkup and come back. I did all those and went today morning thinking that the same lady would be present. Instead ter was a different lady. The moment i asked if she can speak english she nodded with hard face as yes. Then i told her of what happened yesterday and said i hav come to convert my license. She was always giving rude look on me. She took the license and went inside to meet someone. After 2 min she came back saying she cannot give swiss license as she cannot recognize what vehicle class of license it belongs to. In Newhampshire they ll give the class as operator. I told her this is for non-commercial 4 wheeler cars. But she asked me to get an authorization from us embassy stating that operator class is equivalent to class B in swiss. Yesterday that lady verified everything and said this can be converted. Today this lady saying to get authorization from us embassy. Im an indian. Us embassy ll not help indian in foreign land. Moreover in usa every state has their own laws and rules. Even the driving license class will vary.

Can someone suggest an option for this problem?
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Old 26.11.2015, 12:09
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Print this out and show it to them.

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Re: Authorization for US driving license

Thanks Tom. This is something good to show. Im even thinking of going in the evening to check. This time there might be a different person sitting in the second shift where he or she can directly give license. I guess it lies with individual to decide these things. I ll carry this printout as well.
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Re: Authorization for US driving license

You need to have a printout from the DMV of when you got your license. It needs to contain some other stuff (you can find it on this forum by using the search function) Also why are you using the police? You need to go to the SAN (Thats what it is called in VD, dont know Basel) and they are the ones doing it, not the police. Nothing needed from the Embassy

I have converted my USA License that way, as did my wife.
They do not give it directly, You still need the Eyecheck (almost any optometrist will take care of this for a fee)
And then it still takes a few weeks to get the license in the mail.
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Also why are you using the police? You need to go to the SAN
Because that is where it is: http://www.polizei.bs.ch/verkehr/mot...kontrolle.html

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Re: Authorization for US driving license

Hi Tom and All,

Thanks for your suggestions. I went again in the evening to see if someone else other than that lady would be present. As expected a guy was sitting there. I walked to him and told my reason for coming. He asked me the US license and looked around 2 to 3 times. Before he asks me more question I took the printout of the link which TOM gave. One good thing with that NH DMV site was we can print the same in german. So I took german as well as English version and showed him that Operator License's explanation is here. Then he looked very satisfied and took that printout and registered me for Swiss driving license.

He then took my US license and told that after verification US license will be mailed along with Swiss license to my house and gave me temporary driving license till dec 25th.

So all went well. Hope the verification should go smooth as well.

Thanks a lot TOM for your timely reply. It really helped a lot.
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Great, happy to be of help!

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