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Retaining driving licence after leaving

Is it possible to retain the Swiss DL after de-registering and leaving CH?

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Old 05.06.2013, 22:27
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Is it possible to retain the Swiss DL after de-registering and leaving CH?

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Well you don't give it in, if that what your asking, it can be transferred to many other countries without issue.
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Old 06.06.2013, 09:32
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Re: Retaining driving licence after leaving

What I would like to know is whether it remains valid, and can be reatined / used during future trips to CH, even though I am on a tourist visa, and not a Swiss resident.

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Re: Retaining driving licence after leaving

Why? Usually you can drive here as a tourist on your home country license. It's only when you're resident that you need to switch over (after a year, if you want to drive here).

I hate to think what would happen if you were checked by the police and you showed them a Swiss license with an address on it that you're no longer resident at.
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Is it possible to retain the Swiss DL after de-registering and leaving CH?

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What I would like to know is whether it remains valid, and can be reatined / used during future trips to CH, even though I am on a tourist visa, and not a Swiss resident.

Thanks again for your reply.
It's the same as when you moved here and (presumably) swapped your original country of issue licence for the swiss licence.
You have a year after deregistering here to swap it for a driving licence in your new country of residence.
During that time it's valid in both your new country of residence and here in Switzerland.

Not sure what happens if you don't swap eventually it for a new one, you might need to re-sit the exam in whichever country you're now living in?!
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Re: Retaining driving licence after leaving

The new licence cards don't have an address on them. Not that the police won't check for it if it's a serious enough offence.

I would think it's more a case that you'll only be able to drive in your home/other country of residence on a Swiss licence for a certain time before you have to change it for one of theirs.

On a side note just checking on the UK re this and found some nice gobbledeegook advice:

"You can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident. You need to exchange your licence after 12 months - you have 5 years since you became resident to do this."

So I would have to change my Swiss licence for a UK one after 12 months from becoming a resident, but I have 5 years in which to do it?
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Why? Usually you can drive here as a tourist on your home country license.

...... address on it that you're no longer resident at.
OK. Small clarification. I am asking this on behalf of my wife - who will be living in IND for the next couple of years, and will be visiting here and staying at the address on the licence.

The basic question is : is the DL linked to the residency?
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OK. Small clarification. I am asking this on behalf of my wife - who will be living in IND for the next couple of years, and will be visiting here and staying at the address on the licence.

The basic question is : is the DL linked to the residency?
So, she currently resides in Fribourg, is moving to live in India (which becomes her country of residence), but will be occasionally visiting you in Switzerland?

Then the answer is 'yes, she needs to swap her swiss licence for an indian one and has a year in which to do it'.

If she moved back to Switzerland permenantly in the future she simply swaps it back again!
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"You can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving licence for 12 months from when you became resident. You need to exchange your licence after 12 months - you have 5 years since you became resident to do this."

So I would have to change my Swiss licence for a UK one after 12 months from becoming a resident, but I have 5 years in which to do it?
If you want to drive in the UK within 1 year, if you don't drive in the UK unto 5 years, exactly the same as coming to Switzerland from the UK.
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If you want to drive in the UK within 1 year, if you don't drive in the UK unto 5 years, exactly the same as coming to Switzerland from the UK.
This is not true.

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Sie können während einem Jahr nach der 1. Einreise in die Schweiz den ausländischen Führerausweis benützen. Nach Ablauf dieser Frist darf der ausländische Führerausweis in der Schweiz nicht mehr verwendet werden
Source: http://www.mfk.bs.ch/fuehrerausweise...laendisch.html

You can use it for one year after your first entry to Switzerland, whether you drive or not.
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This is not true.



Source: http://www.mfk.bs.ch/fuehrerausweise...laendisch.html

You can use it for one year after your first entry to Switzerland, whether you drive or not.
Which part of what I said is not true? You have 5 years to change it over if you don't drive, it's an identical rule. After 5 years you need to pass a test.

Your link confirms it's not valid for use in CH after 1 year!
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she needs to swap her swiss licence for an indian one and has a year in which to do it'.
Now now, you are assuming that the same one year rule applies in India as in Switzerland. This may not be the case.

My suggestion would be to call up the motor department www.vsz.ch to clarify the best way in this case.

Btw, when my wife exchanged her Indian DL for a Swiss one, she received the Indian DL back stamped with "Not valid in Switzerland".
VSZ may advise you to keep both DLs or return the Swiss one, and exchange it again once your wife moves back to CH, or any other variation.
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OK. Small clarification. I am asking this on behalf of my wife - who will be living in IND for the next couple of years, and will be visiting here and staying at the address on the licence.

The basic question is : is the DL linked to the residency?
A while ago I had to call the authorities in the German part and ask this very question. The answer I got was a definite yes.
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Which part of what I said is not true? You have 5 years to change it over if you don't drive, it's an identical rule. After 5 years you need to pass a test.
Without wishing (or having the time) to trawl through all the old threads, I'm not sure the 5-year thing has been established as an absolute rule. As I recall, it's been suggested as a guideline, when people have claimed (incorrectly) that you can't exchange so after the first year.

Of course, I may have missed that particular thread ;-)

EDIT: In fact, it woud seem from the previous link a few posts ago that in Basel at least there is a firm rule, and it's not five years, but three. Although my German may be letting me down here, but it reads "Wird der ausländische Führerausweis später als drei Jahre seit Einreise in die Schweiz umgetauscht, so kann - unabhängig der Kategorien - ebenfalls eine Kontrollfahrt verlangt werden, auch wenn der Ausweis aus einem EU-, EFTA- oder einem anderen Staat ausgestellt worden ist, dessen Ausweise aufgrund der Länderliste ohne Kontrollfahrt umgetauscht werden. "
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Is it possible to retain the Swiss DL after de-registering and leaving CH?
Sure, you just take it with you.
I left the country for 10 years, took my licence with me, had it when I returned 10 years later, still valid.
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Now now, you are assuming that the same one year rule applies in India as in Switzerland. This may not be the case.

My suggestion would be to call up the motor department www.vsz.ch to clarify the best way in this case.

Btw, when my wife exchanged her Indian DL for a Swiss one, she received the Indian DL back stamped with "Not valid in Switzerland".
VSZ may advise you to keep both DLs or return the Swiss one, and exchange it again once your wife moves back to CH, or any other variation.
I'm assuming (correctly) that her SWISS licence will not be valid for more than a year after she's changed her place of residency and lives abroad.
The validity of an indian licence either in Switzerland or India wasn't part of the question; so whether she was allowed to retain her indian one when obtaining the swiss one is not really relevant to what was asked.
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Re: Retaining driving licence after leaving

Swiss licenses don't have an expiry date.
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OK. Small clarification. I am asking this on behalf of my wife - who will be living in IND for the next couple of years, and will be visiting here and staying at the address on the licence.

The basic question is : is the DL linked to the residency?
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So, she currently resides in Fribourg, is moving to live in India (which becomes her country of residence), but will be occasionally visiting you in Switzerland?

Then the answer is 'yes, she needs to swap her swiss licence for an indian one and has a year in which to do it'.

If she moved back to Switzerland permenantly in the future she simply swaps it back again!
What I would probably do, but not openly tell the planet... (hummmm) I would get the license in India, and use that there, then, when returning to Switzerland (since she will have an address, yours) there, maybe consider using the Swiss one, unless the India license can easily be used here (CH).

But no matter.. and this is just me being me.. but I'd hold on to the Swiss one so when I moved back I didn't have to go through any work, or fork out any more money..
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Without wishing (or having the time) to trawl through all the old threads, I'm not sure the 5-year thing has been established as an absolute rule. As I recall, it's been suggested as a guideline, when people have claimed (incorrectly) that you can't exchange so after the first year.

Of course, I may have missed that particular thread ;-)

EDIT: In fact, it woud seem from the previous link a few posts ago that in Basel at least there is a firm rule, and it's not five years, but three. Although my German may be letting me down here, but it reads "Wird der ausländische Führerausweis später als drei Jahre seit Einreise in die Schweiz umgetauscht, so kann - unabhängig der Kategorien - ebenfalls eine Kontrollfahrt verlangt werden, auch wenn der Ausweis aus einem EU-, EFTA- oder einem anderen Staat ausgestellt worden ist, dessen Ausweise aufgrund der Länderliste ohne Kontrollfahrt umgetauscht werden. "
Well I went with someone from the Forum to the Office in ZH & they said 5 years, unfortunately the person had been here for 7 years!
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A while ago I had to call the authorities in the German part and ask this very question. The answer I got was a definite yes.
I have to correct myself - my question had to do with license plate numbers.
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