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How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

I am trying to get one, but I have yet to ask someone who really knows. I asked someone, who lived here for 10 years, and she told me she almost spent CHF 4,000.

I hope that isn't true, even though, I believe that is for people complete beginners who never had any experience in driving. Anyway, I would like it if anyone could inform me How I can start applying, and where? I already have the book+CD, which costs like 69CHF. But, my budget, at the moment for all the cost of obtaining my license is about 1,000 CHF . Do you think, I make it?

I am in Lausanne btw, plus I heard it is much cheaper here!
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

Do you have a foreign licence already?
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I am trying to get one, but I have yet to ask someone who really knows. I asked someone, who lived here for 10 years, and she told me she almost spent CHF 4,000.

I hope that isn't true, even though, I believe that is for people complete beginners who never had any experience in driving. Anyway, I would like it if anyone could inform me How I can start applying, and where? I already have the book+CD, which costs like 69CHF. But, my budget, at the moment for all the cost of obtaining my license is about 1,000 CHF . Do you think, I make it?

I am in Lausanne btw, plus I heard it is much cheaper here!
I paid 8$ in Kentucky.
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Do you have a foreign licence already?
No, I don't.
But I can get one if needed.
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No, I don't.
But I can get one if needed.
What an epic reply!

My wife needs one, can you get me one for her?

OT: 1000 CHF would be enough to do a conversion of old license with instructor classes etc, starting from scratch and hoping you get it in the first go it will be from 3500 to 4000 CHF in Lausanne.

I converted mine, total cost was something like 600 CHF.

PS: Once you become resident in CH you can not obtain a license in your home country, the Swiss authorities will not accept it.
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What an epic reply!

My wife needs one, can you get me one for her?

OT: 1000 CHF would be enough to do a conversion of old license with instructor classes etc, starting from scratch and hoping you get it in the first go it will be from 3500 to 4000 CHF in Lausanne.

I converted mine, total cost was something like 600 CHF.

PS: Once you become resident in CH you can not obtain a license in your home country, the Swiss authorities will not accept it.

Thanks V_
That is what I had hoped to hear.

I need to make some calls.
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

Depending on driving experience and where you come from and if you have to take driving lessons or not it could be expensive. Atleast this is what some of my Swiss friends have told me. I know that my lisence cost me 75chf. I had a drivers lisence in the USA for 18yrs before I moved here last Nov. I am sure you could find out this information online or by calling the motor vehicle dept or whatever they call it here in your canton for information.
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Depending on driving experience and where you come from and if you have to take driving lessons or not it could be expensive. Atleast this is what some of my Swiss friends have told me. I know that my lisence cost me 75chf. I had a drivers lisence in the USA for 18yrs before I moved here last Nov. I am sure you could find out this information online or by calling the motor vehicle dept or whatever they call it here in your canton for information.
Aye - same for me - only had to convert it over to a Swiss license.

More info here in German - http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...AUSLUM0909.pdf
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

hmm lets see about 15 lessons at 135 CHF per lesson plus theory exam 40 CHF, verkehrskunde 120 CHF, practical test 300 CHF (I had to do it with an instructor's car) and of course the first aid something like 100 CHF. So about 2600 plus count the eye exam around 30 CHF...
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

Perhaps you can check if this "license" you can acquire is directly convertible.

My Canadian one expired so it was cheaper for me to fly to Canada, get it renewed, fly back, and then convert it. In my case, it was less than 1000 CHF with the flight.
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Perhaps you can check if this "license" you can acquire is directly convertible.

My Canadian one expired so it was cheaper for me to fly to Canada, get it renewed, fly back, and then convert it. In my case, it was less than 1000 CHF with the flight.
Good point, because if the license is from...let's say Swaziland....let me tell you if won't do you any good.
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

I payed 90 CHF for one lesson with instructor,
50 CHF - 3 hours rent a car in mobility for studying driving in Zurich
50 CHF rent a car in mobility fot my exam
20 CHF - optician check
240 CHF - payment for exam and my foreign driver license conversion to Swiss one

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450 CHF in total
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

1000 chf for the lessons
137 chf admin fees for license conversion

25000 Eur to buy the car
476 chf annually for road tax
1800 chf for insurance annually
200 chf monthly for parking space
Gas at par with sbb GA price

dont get the license and save yourself some bucks;-)
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

~2.500EUR for lessons and still nowhere :P
Reserved 7'500CHF for it to get lessons someday next year.
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

I do not think you will see low prices here like in US.

My advice is, use public transport if it is more convenient. You can travel everywhere with that. That's what they want and that's also why the price to get one is very deterrent. It is also more environment friendly.
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

I have a portuguese driver's license and I'll need a swiss one. Those costs you've mentioned are only for non EU countries or I'll have to pay all that also for the conversion.

Thank you in advance
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

Bad news: It will cost at least 1000-1500 francs once all is said and done, and that's mostly for the paperwork and the 2 obligatory driving days you have to do during your first three years of having a license.

Good news: You aren't required to do driving courses with a professional instructor like in France, for example. You'll want to do at least a few anyway, but theoretically you could learn to drive with friends (make sure they've had their license for at least 3 years, are over 23 years old, and you put the blue L on the back) and never pay for an instructor. Obviously it's preferable that these friends be good drivers.

For what it's worth, I did at least 15 driving courses with an instructor who, when all was said and done, said I wasn't ready and wouldn't let me do the final test with his car. I had to borrow a car at the last second and passed it. So driving instructors are important, but their input and opinion isn't the end-all-be-all.

The hardest part is finding friends to accompany you while you learn. Before you have a license they are only too eager to tell you how important it is and that you're missing out, but all seem to disappear into the woodwork and never have the time to help when you do take the plunge. Hopefully you'll have better luck on that front.
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I have a portuguese driver's license and I'll need a swiss one. Those costs you've mentioned are only for non EU countries or I'll have to pay all that also for the conversion.

Thank you in advance
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Yes, with a license from the EU, you can switch your license with fairly low costs if you do it within a year of moving to Switzerland (if you are driving) (~100 Chf, including an eye test). More information for your canton http://www.ocn.ch/ocn/de/pub/dienstl...rerausweis.htm
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

Thank you for the fast answer anowheels
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Re: How much did it cost you to get your drivers license?

Thanks anowheels, your information was very...useful to me
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