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Old 14.08.2013, 17:31
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Commercial Driver's License

There's a mountain of stuff about converting a license on here, and I didn't read the whole sticky related to that - it's 58 pages long......but has anybody converted a commercial driver's license in CH?

I know you have to convert your license within one year of residency, but I just saw this site, saying that commercial driver's licenses must be exchanged immediately upon establishing residence.

Anybody have experience with the CDL conversion process?

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Re: Commercial Driver's License

I changed mine over, just had to do the paper test, eye exam and dr's physical. No driving test.
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Old 15.08.2013, 02:22
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Yes it must be converted immediately.
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Re: Commercial Driver's License

Am no so sure how strick they are on it. I have a house and truck at home so every year i went back for a month or so, when ever i was stopped here would show then my pass and its zoll stamp, and go on. After 12 years of driving on my U.S dl and finally getting my citzenship here also thought it might be agood time to update my dl to here. So went it did the physical,eye exzam, and took the written test. Got my A, B, C, D, BE, CE, DE, it shows when my driving test in the U.S, was done. Had no one question me or any Problem, but a few years before as an american tring it was near imposible the magic was the new passport slid right through, that and maybe the day i was there two truck driving instructors were standing in the lobby and tellin me it was no problem, they both knew me and where arguing with exam personel about my experience. all in all it took 10 mins to complete and walk out. But i doubt i will ever drive a truck here, but maybe a bus now and then.
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Re: Commercial Driver's License

I also got the cd for comercial drivers test that had all the questions and best of everything on it only had the right answers for the questions! That way you don't get confused seeing answers that are not right! All the questions are in german but even if u don't understand it u can easily pick out the one you saw and that is the right one that worked real well for me, if i never saw that answer before it was wrong!
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Re: Commercial Driver's License

I had no idea that I had a whole load of "commercial" stuff on my UK license.

I went to the driving license office yesterday with paperwork, handed it over and the nice lady said "..Ooooh you have a lot of extra categories here, commercial.. to keep these you must to a medical for this one, a test for that one, another medical..." I could feel the price adding up!

So I said i had no idea why i had them all (I sat a standard car test in the UK back in 1990) so i didn't care about them.. Cool she said, sign here, you'll have the new license in 3 days

So hopefully job done
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beware the regular medicals that you'll need to keep certain categories.....
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Re: Commercial Driver's License

Just a little followup ..

Handed in my UK license on Thursday, Swiss license arrived Saturday. Swiss efficiency at it's best..

Reading this DVLA ???
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Re: Commercial Driver's License

Update on my old thread for whoever might need the info..

I have a class C CDL from the US. To get my swiss CDL I had to:

- fill out form from STVA and wait for response
- send in my US license with one of the forms that they sent
- get a medical exam and give the other form they sent to the doctor to sign and mail
- wait for another response, with a scheduled time for the written exam (not available in English)
- take the written exam. multiple choice on a computer, given at the STVA.
- provide proof that you have had your auslander CDL for more than 2 years, if not evident on the actual license/card

They sent it out quickly, I go it a few days later after all said and done, along with my US license. I had taken the Kat. C test. They gave me on my Swiss license Kat. B, C, D1, BE, CE, and D1E.

Total cost CHF 140-150, plus 120 for the med. check. Process took about a month.

Study materials for written exam available online here

Note that for goods transport and people transport of over 8 people you now need a fähigkeitsausweis/ qualification card which requires a five day course, a written test, a spoken test, and a road test - all at a cost of many thousand CHF. You may be exempt from the tests if you were issued your CDL before 9.2008, but still need to take the course every 5 years.

It didn't matter that I'd waited a while after arriving to transfer it, though it was no longer valid in CH (but still was in the US).

This was in Luzern. YMMV.

Hope that helps someone...
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