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Old 07.01.2010, 13:31
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They will also have a list of Doctors certified to give you the trucking medical, again, if you ask.
Don't know if this varies by canton, but we just got our regular doctor to do the medicals and the Vehicle People in Lausanne were fine with that. And it's a tiny doctor's surgery in a village, so unlikely to be on any special list.

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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

hi,

can anyone tell me how much time does it take for the new license to come, once you have given the driving test? I live in Basel Stadt.(if it varies from canton to canton)
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Old 13.01.2010, 13:04
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It's the DVLA now - apparently it changed in 1990
Except in the part of the UK called Northern Ireland where it's known as the DVLNI.
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Old 13.01.2010, 13:08
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That was our paranoia too - lose the categories now, lose them for ever, what with the change in the rules in the 90s.

Hope they write and remind me when the medical needs renewing after 5 years - anyone?

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Happened to me in Bern, I have C1E and D1E from the UK. I got the letter after recently adding A to my license. Expecting a renewal soon as it was 4.5 yrs ago.
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Old 13.01.2010, 13:09
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hi,

can anyone tell me how much time does it take for the new license to come, once you have given the driving test? I live in Basel Stadt.(if it varies from canton to canton)
Anything from 3 days minimum to 3 weeks depending on what the workload is.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Just got back from the strassenverkehrsamt, spent the whole week getting everything I needed ready. Prepared to give up my Canadian drivers license and get a nice swiss one.

..but of course, some small detail derails this process. Although I have shown when I came to Switzerland, and that I came from Canada, they want proof that I lived in Canada for at least a year prior to that.

WFT! I lived there for almost 30 years!

Unfortunately I didn't really do anything in the last year there, so I really don't have any proof (pay slips, school records).

Man, red tape, paperwork and bureaucratic rules are starting to get to me...
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

I finally got myself to change my Dutch license to a Swiss one. I made a photo and an eye test and went to the Strassenverkehrsamt. I was afraid they would make me do a test since I'm already in Switzerland for over 3 years and I read you have to do it within the first year. So I went there on Monday, there was no line and I was helped very quickly and I didn't need to do any test. I was told it would take 2 weeks to send my new license but on Thursday I already found it in the mail. I guess I was lucky. The only thing that makes me wonder is how I'm going to pay for it since there wasn't any bill with the letter.
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Old 06.02.2010, 01:44
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Just got back from the strassenverkehrsamt, spent the whole week getting everything I needed ready. Prepared to give up my Canadian drivers license and get a nice swiss one.

..but of course, some small detail derails this process. Although I have shown when I came to Switzerland, and that I came from Canada, they want proof that I lived in Canada for at least a year prior to that.

WFT! I lived there for almost 30 years!

Unfortunately I didn't really do anything in the last year there, so I really don't have any proof (pay slips, school records).

Man, red tape, paperwork and bureaucratic rules are starting to get to me...
It helps to see things through the eyes of a Swiss. They expect you would need to register somewhere and be able to prove such registration even in your home country. Do you have a bank statement, gas bill or some such?
Did they indicate what would suffice?
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Old 09.02.2010, 10:47
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Update.

I returned another day with a really friendly younger guy working (completely oppostite to previous).

He had no problem with my passport, and Swiss registration. Didn't need to prove that I was registered in Canada and even incorrected put I was female.

Just got my pretty pinkish Führereausweis, and they the gave me back my Canadian one as well. (Now sporting a bright red "NOT VALID IN SWITZERLAND" sticker on it)--Talk about badass.

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Just got back from the strassenverkehrsamt, spent the whole week getting everything I needed ready. Prepared to give up my Canadian drivers license and get a nice swiss one.

..but of course, some small detail derails this process. Although I have shown when I came to Switzerland, and that I came from Canada, they want proof that I lived in Canada for at least a year prior to that.

WFT! I lived there for almost 30 years!

Unfortunately I didn't really do anything in the last year there, so I really don't have any proof (pay slips, school records).

Man, red tape, paperwork and bureaucratic rules are starting to get to me...
I'm expecting trouble as well, my Ontario license was lost with my wallet, getting new one sent to me but assume it will show issue date as being Feb 2010. Crossed fingers!
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Old 09.02.2010, 11:00
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Just exchanged my license, new shiny Swiss one came in the post, took all of 3 days. They neglected to include all 6 letters of my first name however. Guess I'll have to make do with 5.
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Old 10.02.2010, 10:45
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Well here's my feel-good story... on Monday a couple of weeks ago I slunk into the Zurich Strassenverkehrsamt to get my non EU drivers license swapped for a Swiss one. I'd been here over 8 years without changing it over, so I expected some strife...

But no! No problem at all. The lady was very nice and said that it should come through in a week or so.

That Wednesday, there were two letters in my mailbox. One was my new Swiss drivers license! The other letter was my original non EU drivers license...

So, the Strassenverkehrsamt a) are quite flexible and b) have a one-day turnaround for new licenses. What a country.

btw the giro slip for the bill turned up in the mail about a week later.
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

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Just a few pointers for driving in CH:

1. If you have a "bakkie" you can't put 50 labourers / gardeners on the back of it and drive around
2. Overtaking on the inside is not only illegal and dangerous, but it will get you flashed by the car behind
3. You can't drive at 100kph through residential areas just because you feel like it.
4. Your car has to be roadworthy

I spent 6 months in Cape Town last year, so I know what I'm talking about.. You'll probably find the SVA a very efficient and non-bureaucratic place in comparison


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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hello dear forumists!
I've got my licence here few weeks ago and i know i have to do the 2-Phasen Ausbildung, actually 1st day of this course, cos otherwise they will suspend my licence.
My question is:
--if i got my licence in Bern can I go for 1st day course in another canton, e.g. Geneva?
I found there a school who's teaching in english and i dont know if i am allowed to do it there..
thanks so much for your answers,
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

non-EU licence : any chance to do conversion test after being here in 3 years? (yes, I read all the 36 pages in this thread already

My licence definitely requires me to take a conversion test in order to get the swiss one (Hong Kong Licence). Yes, I know the 12 months time limit but how likely could I succeed in begging for a conversion test after staying here for 3 years (permit B) without taking all the trouble to start from scratch (first aid...etc)?

anybody has this experience and get the application accepted successfully? does it help e.g. by

- showing proof of issue date of my licence (1999)
- showing proof of me driving here in the first year (insurance)
- good reasoning : need a car desperately for kids, 2 pregnancies & breast feeding. or better not to give reason?
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

I got my license after about 6 years in CH. Converted from my Aussie license with no problems, even if it was way over the time limit.


I first went to the Strassenvekehrsamt in the city and there the guy at the desk looked at my application and gave me all the papers to fill to do a complete test. After reading these pages, I then went to the Regensdorf office and there it was really straightforward. Even if she said they forward all applications to the main office in the city, I still got my license changed without any hassle.

So maybe it's worth trying there. I had also written a note to explain the reason for the delay was because I needed to be able to drive now and not before. Not sure if that made a difference.
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I got my license after about 6 years in CH. Converted from my Aussie license with no problems, even if it was way over the time limit.


I first went to the Strassenvekehrsamt in the city and there the guy at the desk looked at my application and gave me all the papers to fill to do a complete test. After reading these pages, I then went to the Regensdorf office and there it was really straightforward. Even if she said they forward all applications to the main office in the city, I still got my license changed without any hassle.

So maybe it's worth trying there. I had also written a note to explain the reason for the delay was because I needed to be able to drive now and not before. Not sure if that made a difference.
thanks for sharing. As far as I know, Aussie licence doesn't have to convert to Swiss one by taking a driving test so I guess the situation is a bit different.... Writing a letter seems to be good idea. At least it shows the sincerity .
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NEW rules for exchanging US driver license?

Hi there,
I heard that it is now not possible to exchange US drivers license with Swiss. I need to pass theory exam and then apply for an exchange along with eye test and application, passport photos, Permit and ofcourse MONEY.

Is it same all through switzerland or just in Wallis.

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I heard that it is now not possible to exchange US drivers license with Swiss. I need to pass theory exam
Which wouldn't be a bad idea, if I remember right that would be in line with changing state licenses in the USA. I was very surprised when I found out (22 years ago) that I could get a Swiss drivers license without any kind of exam. Sure we drive more or less the same here as in the States but not exactly the same. California, right turn on a red light is ok with a stop and go, Switzerland, never. California, passing on the right on the freeways is ok, Switzerland, if caught doing such a maneuver you'll loose your license 3 months!

And the traffic signs.. have you ever seen the following two in the States..? I had no idea what those silly signs meant, when I asked a co-worker he was shocked to think I was driving around Switzerland not knowing them.


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Re: NEW rules for exchanging US driver license?

Is it true one needs to hold a license for a decent amount of time before a conversion? If the US conversion is much more difficult, I wonder if I should convert to a German license now..then German to Swiss.
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