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Get Swiss driving license within five years after move without issues?

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Am I correct that I have five years time to change my EU/EFTA driving license to a Swiss one? (http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/schweiz/...story/20211921)

I am in CH for almost a year but I neither drive a car nor plan to drive within the next five years.
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Re: Get Swiss driving license within five years after move without issues?

From what I know, you can easily convert your license within one year of arriving in Switzerland.

If you wait longer, you have to complete a Kontrollfahrt. Which is a test drive to make sure you actually know how to drive.
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From what I know, you can easily convert your license within one year of arriving in Switzerland.

If you wait longer, you have to complete a Kontrollfahrt. Which is a test drive to make sure you actually know how to drive.
If you want to drive here you must convert within the one year time frame.
You don't have to convert if you never drive in Switzerland.
Up to five years it's no issue to convert without doing the test drive as long as you fulfil the conditions ( some licences require a test drive before conversion irrespective of the time here) and I read recently that you 'may' be able to do a direct conversion without the test drive even after five years as long as you can prove to them that you regularly drive elsewhere.

The test drive may be required in any case depending on which country's licence you hold.
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Lässt der Führer aus einem EU-, EFTA- oder anderem Staat (Umtausch der Ausweise ohne Kontrollfahrt gemäss Weisungen des ASTRA vom 29. September 2007) seinen ausländischen Führerausweis später als fünf Jahre seit seiner Einreise umtauschen, so muss er eine Kontrollfahrt absolvieren.
http://www.stva.sg.ch/home/strassenv...%20Ausland.pdf


This means that within five years, I should not have any issues and they will not force me to do a test drive.
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If you want to drive here you must convert within the one year time frame.
This is not entirely true. You are just not allowed to drive with your EU/EFTA driving license after a year, but you don't have to convert it within a year.

I converted mine 18 months after I had moved here and just had to do the eye check, nothing else.
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This is not entirely true. You are just not allowed to drive with your EU/EFTA driving license after a year, but you don't have to convert it within a year.

I converted mine 18 months after I had moved here and just had to do the eye check, nothing else.
Did you read the whole of my post or just the first sentence?
You may have converted yours after 18 months residence but were you driving in Switzerland during that time?
If you don't drive here you have up to five years (and possibly more) to convert the licence as I said in my first post here.
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Re: Get Swiss driving license within five years after move without issues?

You have up to 12 months to exchange your license, and if you come from an approved country this is really the easiest and cheapest option (No driver testing necessary). As you live here it will be valid whilst you live here up to your 70th birthday, no further fees.

After you have lived here 12 months things become more complicated, and I believe your present license from your home country would no longer be valid, as you no longer live there!

The best advice is to exchange your license now before the 12 months are up, and then you can use it at any time in any country. After your 70th birthday you need to take an "easy" medical exam: eye test, reactions, diabetes.
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Did you read the whole of my post or just the first sentence?
You may have converted yours after 18 months residence but were you driving in Switzerland during that time?
If you don't drive here you have up to five years (and possibly more) to convert the licence as I said in my first post here.
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After you have lived here 12 months things become more complicated, and I believe your present license from your home country would no longer be valid, as you no longer live there!

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This is not true ( for EU licences at least). The licence is valid until it's expiry date ( can be up to 15 years in some countries) after which time you'll be unable to renew it as you'll no longer be resident.
I posted a link to the rules on another thread before but I don't have time to find it now I'm afraid.
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(edited).. I believe your present license from your home country would no longer be valid, as you no longer live there! (edited)..





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This is not true ( for EU licences at least). The licence is valid until it's expiry date ( can be up to 15 years in some countries) after which time you'll be unable to renew it as you'll no longer be resident.
I posted a link to the rules on another thread before but I don't have time to find it now I'm afraid.





To change an address for a UK license you must be resident in the UK, you need a UK address https://www.gov.uk/change-address-driving-licence
You’ll need to:
  • have your driving licence
  • be a resident of Great Britain - there’s a different process in Northern Ireland
  • provide addresses of where you’ve lived for the last 3 years
  • have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
  • have your National Insurance number if known
  • not be disqualified from driving.
So it stands to reason that if you are no longer living in the UK, and the 12 month probationary period has passed, your UK license will no longer be valid for hiring a car in Germany.
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This is not true ( for EU licences at least). The licence is valid until it's expiry date ( can be up to 15 years in some countries).
German driver licenses do not have an expiration date. Only after 2013 Germany was forced by the EU to introduce expiration dates (15 years).
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Re: Get Swiss driving license within five years after move without issues?

http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...lfahrt1407.pdf

the above link in German gives an overview about recent changes in legislation regarding changing a driving license. According to this document, it is no longer important how long you have been a resident in Switzerland for (as of 2014). It seems that as long as you a.) can demonstrate 'sufficient driving practice within the last 5 years', and b.) do not have any pending offenses against motoring laws (both in Switzerland and abroad) you might be able to change your licence without having to do a Kontrollfahrt even after 5 years. However, best to check out the link 'Bundesgerichtsentscheid' in the document to get the full picture!
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Re: Get Swiss driving license within five years after move without issues?

https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence

Quote: You must renew a photo-card licence every 10 years - you’ll receive a reminder before your current licence ends.

In the UK, even if you are living in the UK, it states on the UK government website that ordinary photo-card driving licenses must be renewed ever ten years.
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German driver licenses do not have an expiration date. Only after 2013 Germany was forced by the EU to introduce expiration dates (15 years).
Yes in Germany only licences issued after the 2013 rules came into force have the 15 year expiry date but under the new laws all licences must be converted to the new format by 2033 at the latest. The longest a German licence will be valid until will be 2033.

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https://www.gov.uk/renew-driving-licence

Quote: You must renew a photo-card licence every 10 years - you’ll receive a reminder before your current licence ends.

In the UK, even if you are living in the UK, it states on the UK government website that ordinary photo-card driving licenses must be renewed ever ten years.
So a UK licence will be valid up to a maximum of 10 years after you move to Switzerland ( if it was renewed immediately before you kept the UK).
There is no obligation to update the address on a UK licence if you are resident outside the UK so the licence will only expire once the expiry date us reached.

All the details and links are in the last few posts in this thread.

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