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Re: Driving a rent car with in the USA with the swiss permit?

When driving outside of CH and the EU, I would suggest at a minimum you carry with you a copy of the ENGLISH TRANSLATION of the CH driving licence.

Here is the Link:

http://www.astra2.admin.ch/media/pdf...-15_2264_e.pdf
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Old 16.12.2013, 16:27
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Re: Driving a rent car with in the USA with the swiss permit?

Lol, Firlefanz Seppetoni.
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Old 17.12.2013, 10:31
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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

Just in case anyone is confused, I merged two threads with the same question.
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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

after landing up here (as ever) after a google search for the thread title, i looked up OCN and it seems the Swiss Drivers Licence is NOT VALID for USA !!

OCN Fribourg offers an 'International Permit' - other cantons too presumably.
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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

Yes it is . I just did it . if you plan on living there you do have to convert it....(retake Theory test)
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Old 18.12.2015, 09:01
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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

Likewise, I've driven with it, and rented cars with it.

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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

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after landing up here (as ever) after a google search for the thread title, i looked up OCN and it seems the Swiss Drivers Licence is NOT VALID for USA !!

OCN Fribourg offers an 'International Permit' - other cantons too presumably.
In what context? For tourism purposes as far as I know it's perfectly fine. We used our Swiss ones when hiring a car in the US back in 2007 and no one queried it. Obviously if you're moving there permanently it's different.

I also found this by googling - from Just Landed.

"About foreign driving licence
Tourists may drive in the US for up to a year with a foreign driving licence, provided the issuing country is party to the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (see art. 1 and art. 25 para. 1) or to the Convention on the Regulation of Inter-American Automotive Traffic (Washington, 1943); most countries are contracting parties. If your licence wasn’t issued by a country which is a contracting party to either of these conventions or if you intend to work or study in the US, you must obtain a driving licence (usually within 30 to 90 days) in the state where you land or where you’re a resident. This may result in the confiscation of your foreign or existing licence (or your American licence may be stamped ‘valid in state only’). You may need an American licence in order to obtain car insurance.

If your foreign licence doesn’t contain a photograph or is written in a language other than English, it’s wise (but not mandatory) to obtain an International Driver’s Permit (IDP). Always carry your foreign licence as well as your IDP. Without an IDP it may be necessary to obtain a certified English translation of your foreign driving licence, usually obtainable from your country’s embassy in the US."

https://www.justlanded.com/english/U...riving-Licence
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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

In case of any problem, You can ask the car renters in advance
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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

We rented a car in September in the US on Swiss licenses. No problem.
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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

I don't think there's any serious problem with Swiss drivers' licenses in the USA, unless you still own one of those newspaper-sized old ones, which may trigger laughing fits among police officers. That's where the International Driver's Permit may come in handy to show that your huge document really is a driver's license.
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Re: Driving in US with Swiss License

So i presume it is safe to hire AND drive a car in USA with a (card type) Swiss driving licence, and a translated International Driving permit is not necessary.
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So i presume it is safe to hire AND drive a car in USA with a (card type) Swiss driving licence, and a translated International Driving permit is not necessary.
Yes it is.
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