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Old 04.11.2015, 16:41
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This is standard when you pass your car test in the UK, but in CH it requires a medical, so after a year, or it may be three, you will receive a nice letter from the police telling you that you need a medical certificate to retain this class on your licence. Both myself and my wife decided we really didn't need it, so it's been removed
Interesting - just checked mine and it's still there after...well an awful lot more than 5 years. Never got any police letter.
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Interesting - just checked mine and it's still there after...well an awful lot more than 5 years. Never got any police letter.
I guess it depends on the Kanton.
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Another out of curiosity question ;

Checked my UK driving license on-line via DVLA link posted on here and it shows as active until 2023. This driving license was traded for my Swiss one in 2013. As part of process I handed in my UK license and paper part at the Swiss driving license office (Whatever it's called).
If i was to simply apply for a replacement UK license (lost/defaced etc option) , would they see the license as active and send me another UK license ?
or does active also have a note about by Swiss license somewhere that is not visible on the on-line public view ?

Just curious
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They would just send you another one.......I thought the same, that my UK driving licence was voided when I handed it to the Swiss authorities. But then the UK ones contacted me a bit back to renew my UK license. So yes in theory I could have both at the same time.

Using the UK one in Switzerand if you've lived here over year is not legal. You have to have a valid swiss license.

However am not sure of the legality as far as the UK sees it. eg. whether they would care if you had a Swiss one. Or if you can have a UK license but not be a UK resident.
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They would just send you another one.......I thought the same, that my UK driving licence was voided when I handed it to the Swiss authorities. But then the UK ones contacted me a bit back to renew my UK license. So yes in theory I could have both at the same time.

Using the UK one in Switzerand if you've lived here over year is not legal. You have to have a valid swiss license.

However am not sure of the legality as far as the UK sees it. eg. whether they would care if you had a Swiss one. Or if you can have a UK license but not be a UK resident.
Strictly speaking if you're Swiss resident your UK license does not entitle you to drive in the UK. By getting them to send you a replacement you've implicitly stated that you are in fact UK resident, so while they're happy to send the licence out you've gained it by false pretences so it won't be valid.

I can't imagine why you'd want to, TBH, but I'd be 99% sure that no-one would question it even if you were stopped. I could imagine though, that in the event of an accident an insurance company might find out and you could end up being denied a claim as a result if holding a UK licence or residence is a condition of the insurance.
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Strictly speaking if you're Swiss resident your UK license does not entitle you to drive in the UK. By getting them to send you a replacement you've implicitly stated that you are in fact UK resident, so while they're happy to send the licence out you've gained it by false pretences so it won't be valid.

I can't imagine why you'd want to, TBH, but I'd be 99% sure that no-one would question it even if you were stopped. I could imagine though, that in the event of an accident an insurance company might find out and you could end up being denied a claim as a result if holding a UK licence or residence is a condition of the insurance.
This is not a question trail where I'm planning to break or twist the rules (As you have stated having invalidated insurance during an accident could cost you everything - ie third party injury and you get sued for 1/2 a million quid). Simply curious ....

So one leave Switzerland and settles back in the UK (informs UK tax man, hands in Swiss permit etc ) , in theory you don't have to hand in your Swiss license , you could simply reapply for UK one (replace existing license) and thus if you had no Swiss license to hand in because the Canton were looking after it while you served a 3 month ban or longer ....Job done ?
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So one leave Switzerland and settles back in the UK (informs UK tax man, hands in Swiss permit etc ) , in theory you don't have to hand in your Swiss license , you could simply reapply for UK one (replace existing license) and thus if you had no Swiss license to hand in because the Canton were looking after it while you served a 3 month ban or longer ....Job done ?
Yes, I think so. You would still be banned from driving in Switzerland if you came back for a visit, but outside I think you're fine.
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Yes, I think so. You would still be banned from driving in Switzerland if you came back for a visit, but outside I think you're fine.
I'm not calling into question what you have answered ...But if you were to visit Switzerland and drive and get asked to produce a valid license, you would say "I'm on holiday / visiting and here is my UK driving license".
(Has UK home address on it).
I guess the police could link it to your Swiss license and thus ban ...or not ....

So get a 1 year ban in Switzerland , return to UK (Become Resident again) apply for a lost/missing UK license (still active on DB), insure car (UK) and start driving your UK car in UK and in Europe.
You then visit Switzerland in next 3 months (Where Canton still have your Swiss license) and if requested while in CH produce your UK license , with your UK home address on it etc.
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You then visit Switzerland in next 3 months (Where Canton still have your Swiss license) and if requested while in CH produce your UK license , with your UK home address on it etc.
Yes of course. Probably. But never underestimate the ability of Swiss beurocracy to link a visitor's name to that of an ex-resident who's currently banned from driving...
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