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Old 20.03.2014, 15:36
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

Hi,
this is normal. If live in Switzerland, you cannot drive a car with a foreign plate without stop at the customs and fill out some papers
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Old 20.03.2014, 15:41
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I was pulled over in Vaud last night on UK plates. My mum bought the car and has lent it to me - I am officially on the Uk insurance and its insured to be in Europe for one year..
However, the Gendarmerie asked for my license, vehicle papers (which I didn't have), permit (which I didn't have as its getting renewed)... then gave me a lecture that my mother was supposed to be here (i think), and that its tax evasion not to import a car and put it on Swiss plates... then he let me go.. however, I guess my number plate is now in their system - so think I'm going to have to "buy" the car from my mum and import it now..
You will have to pay import duties as you did not own the car for 6 months before living in CH. You might be able to put it on Z plates, however insurance is 100% loaded.

Teco, you can't drive a foreign car without declaring it, it's smuggling as its valued at more than 300 CHF
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Old 20.03.2014, 16:00
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You will have to pay import duties as you did not own the car for 6 months before living in CH. You might be able to put it on Z plates, however insurance is 100% loaded.

Teco, you can't drive a foreign car without declaring it, it's smuggling as its valued at more than 300 CHF
Yep, probably it was not that clear but I tried to say the same
Btw I didn't get the point of the 6 months before and the Z plate.

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Old 20.03.2014, 16:45
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Yep, probably it was not that clear but I tried to say the same
Btw I didn't get the point of the 6 months before and the Z plate.

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Your buying a foreign registered car so need to pay normal taxes. It was not owned by you for 6 months before you came to live here, so it can't be imported tax free as used personal effects.

You need to speak to customs & ask if it's possible to register temporally on a Z plate, which means taxes unpaid.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

Many thanks.

In my case I'm still using the car of my father (I have the permit until November 2014) and it's going to be too problematic and expensive to import that car (12 years old btw). Most probably it's easier to buy a car here.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

I was surprised to see a car on the road recently with Ontario plates
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

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I was surprised to see a car on the road recently with Ontario plates
Quite normal. Guy in our car park has NY plates. Few russian plates along with many others in the area also
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Quite normal. Guy in our car park has NY plates. Few russian plates along with many others in the area also
I guess I don't really understand the point to it...Is it cheaper to maintain foreign plates?...How would insurance work?...Are there limitations?
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Old 21.03.2014, 11:57
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

I don't think it's cheaper or easier....the reason for me is that in 5 hours I'm at home.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

I read the whole topic and I'm still not sure what happens in the following case:
- I have a Swiss driving license
- I live / work in Switzerland but I'm also registered in another country
- I bought a car here, exported it, registered in another country and it stays there for the most of the time
- I'm coming with it from time to time to Switzerland

What should I do in this case? I mean, from the tax point of view, it doesn't really matter, right? It was bought here so the taxes were already paid...

Would appreciate some guidance
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Old 31.03.2014, 19:17
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

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IWhat should I do in this case?
Leave it at the border.

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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

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I read the whole topic and I'm still not sure what happens in the following case:
- I have a Swiss driving license
- I live / work in Switzerland but I'm also registered in another country
- I bought a car here, exported it, registered in another country and it stays there for the most of the time
- I'm coming with it from time to time to Switzerland

What should I do in this case? I mean, from the tax point of view, it doesn't really matter, right? It was bought here so the taxes were already paid...

Would appreciate some guidance
Your license does not matter.
Where you bought the car does not matter.
Only your place of residence does matter.
What means coming from time to time to Switzerland?

If not a tourist you should get an exemption based on Art. 35 Abs. 2 Lit d. ZV.
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

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I read the whole topic and I'm still not sure what happens in the following case:
- I have a Swiss driving license
- I live / work in Switzerland but I'm also registered in another country
- I bought a car here, exported it, registered in another country and it stays there for the most of the time
- I'm coming with it from time to time to Switzerland

What should I do in this case? I mean, from the tax point of view, it doesn't really matter, right? It was bought here so the taxes were already paid...

Would appreciate some guidance
If have, let's say B permit and Swiss driver license, you can't drive in Switzerland a car with a foreign plate.
I'm really sure.
You can do that only with exemptions
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Old 31.03.2014, 20:16
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If have, let's say B permit and Swiss driver license, you can't drive in Switzerland a car with a foreign plate.
I'm really sure.
You can do that only with exemptions
I am really sure you can, prove me wrong. Here is all the law. http://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifie.../national.html

As long as do not make any import violations it is perfectly legal and sound.
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I am really sure you can, prove me wrong. Here is all the law. http://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifie.../national.html

As long as do not make any import violations it is perfectly legal and sound.
You are the best! Thanks for that :-) Have you done it already? What kind of documents do you have to provide?
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Re: Driving a car with foreign plate with Swiss Driving License in Switzerland

You just have to stop at the border and fill out a form, and fill out another when you leave, no more than three days later.

Of course, you will need passport, residence permit (if not Swiss) and car registration papers.

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You just have to stop at the border and fill out a form, and fill out another when you leave, no more than three days later.

Of course, you will need passport, residence permit (if not Swiss) and car registration papers.

Tom
That's not what aSwissInTheUS was referring to. As far as I understood him correctly, you are allowed to apply for an exemption which allows you to drive all year long with a foreign plate.
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That's not what aSwissInTheUS was referring to. As far as I understood him correctly, you are allowed to apply for an exemption which allows you to drive all year long with a foreign plate.
Tom solution is one possible option of an exemption. Actually, it is not an exemption which allows you to drive (because everyone can drive a foreign registred car) but to cross the brorder w/o paying tax and duty for the car. For tourists this is a formless procedure if the car is used for less than a year in Switzerland.

Best to contact Swiss Cusotm and directly state your problem. But do not forget do mention for how long you like do use the car in Switzerland, how often and what your exact residence status are in each country .http://www.afd.admin.ch/publicdb/newdb/form/index.html?lang=en
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That's not what aSwissInTheUS was referring to. As far as I understood him correctly, you are allowed to apply for an exemption which allows you to drive all year long with a foreign plate.
Then you didn't understand him correctly. There is no year long exemption in this case, only if you bring a vehicle here with you personal effects.

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That's not what aSwissInTheUS was referring to. As far as I understood him correctly, you are allowed to apply for an exemption which allows you to drive all year long with a foreign plate.

I did exactly this. I can drive my car with "not swiss" plate for 1 year, but I have still my Italian driver license. When I'll get the Swiss driver license, they are going to take the Italian one and I can't drive car with foreign plate in Switzerland. I called the transport office in Bellinzona. This is the reason why I'm pretty sure. If the are exemption I don't know.
The reason is that you are "like" a Swiss since you have a B permit a bring a car that is not Swiss in Switzerland.
It's the same if an Italian with italian driver license who live in Italy, take a car with Swiss plate to Italy. It's illegal. You can find a lot of article related to this topic.
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