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Old 16.01.2011, 13:04
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saiya-jin, you can use any Optician, they will know what you need. I walked into one in Morges, it took 10 minutes, they stamp the form and that's it.
The optician in the Forum shopping centre didn't even charge my friend.
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Old 16.01.2011, 13:14
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

He was Lucky, I paid 30 CHF's for the test!
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Quick question on the eye test (managed to ready about 20 pages of the thread, and searched, and am fairly certain this question has not been posed).

How 'comprehensive' is it? The reason for my asking is that my left eye is quite bad, but my right perfect. So I hope I pass... If I can't drive that's fine but the license is very handy as ID - wouldn't want the uber-efficient Swiss to confiscate it completely! After all, I might be able to get my left eye laser-fixed one day...
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Confused.... driving licence

Ok so my UK driving licence expires at the end of March. Can I just swap it for a Swiss one? (with associated £££ - any idea how much?)

I have read a few of the threads and I understand it is normal for them to just take it and they will send it back to the DVLA. Am I right in thinking I do not need to have a Swiss driving test?

Is it that simple?

thanks,
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Old 22.01.2011, 12:50
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Ok so my UK driving licence expires at the end of March. Can I just swap it for a Swiss one? (with associated £££ - any idea how much?)

I have read a few of the threads and I understand it is normal for them to just take it and they will send it back to the DVLA. Am I right in thinking I do not need to have a Swiss driving test?

Is it that simple?

thanks,

Hi Yes its that simple. You fill out the form, get an eye test (about 10 - 30 francs, any optometrist) take your form and licence to the Office, they take the frm, licence, and send you a new licence with a bill a little time later. You also need some passport / licence photos.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Dear forum members I have a question regarding the drivers license for motorcycle/scooter..

I got my provisional drivers license for category A limited ( I have 250 ccm scooter) in September 2010.
I also finished the 12-hour driving course and now I’m waiting for the driving test (I have cat B).
My question is:
Before I pass the driving test, am I allowed to drive a passenger?
The “passenger “ is my wife and she doesn’t have category A (only B).

THX in advance…
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Dear forum members I have a question regarding the drivers license for motorcycle/scooter..

I got my provisional drivers license for category A limited ( I have 250 ccm scooter) in September 2010.
I also finished the 12-hour driving course and now I’m waiting for the driving test (I have cat B).
My question is:
Before I pass the driving test, am I allowed to drive a passenger?
The “passenger “ is my wife and she doesn’t have category A (only B).

THX in advance…

Sorry.. I just found the answer on the other topic..
NO....

But just out of curiosity... Do you think that doing something like that would be treated as a serious offense ?
I can't find anything about that on admin.ch...
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Drivers Licence

I know theres a few threads on this subject just been reading about the south african conversion of licence. I have permit B been here since October last year driving on UK licence. Do I have to apply for a new licence and do all the test again as well and if I do how long can I stay on UK licence
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Old 12.02.2011, 14:32
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Re: Drivers Licence

You have 1 year to switch your UK license for a Swiss one and no, you will no be required to do any kind of test if you have a UK license. With a South African one you need to do a practical test.
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Re: Drivers Licence

Thanks for that didn,t fancy doing another test. Just getting used to driving over here.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

My sister already get a Swiss Driving licence, and I also want to get it, but I don't have a time to pass the exams/
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I converted to a UK licence about 11 years ago. I'm sure things have changed, but back then it was just a matter of posting the existing one in, and they posted the new one and the old one back to me. No checks were done at all.

I'm not sure if your question about getting a UK licence was just a hypothetical question because you would still have to get a CH licence after 1 year anyway.

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

By the way - the fact that you have to do a "control drive" is only because your licence was issued in a third-world country. It used to be that the list of "in" and "out" countries at the SVA was a bit different, but these days it looks a bit like first world countries are in, and others are out. If you were converting a UK licence to CH it would be done without a test.

Mind you, USA is listed as an "in" country and I know many Americans who can't drive manual transmissions (which they curiously call "stick") and whose test consisted of driving around in a car park...(or sometimes, not at all!) So go figure. Also - I'm sure the list of which countries are in or out varies between cantons, as well the requirements!

If you can drive you probably don't want to spend too much money on lessons, but then again if you don't even own a car it might be your only practice. In which case.. check out www.mobility.ch

Mark
Sorry from where I was in the U.S we have drivers training for the whole year in high school, unlike here where they just have a few hours in Drivers training. We also have 2 years student driving where an adult is in the car with us. And our teacher is paid a normal salary not per hour per student.
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Old 28.02.2011, 16:54
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hello everybody,

Here is my question..I've moved to Switzerland on 12th March 2010, however, I didn't have a drivers' licence by then, although I already knew how to drive.
I went back to my country during Christmas for holidays, and I took advantage of my time there to have the test. Of course, I've passed it so I got my drivers' licence and the International Drivers' Licence as well.

My question is, do I need to take the test to get my Swiss licence after 1 year of moving to Switzerland (in my case in 2 weeks from now), or after 1 year since I got my International Drivers' Licence (around Christmas 2011)?

Thank you very much for your help folks...
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Old 28.02.2011, 18:45
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Hello everybody,

Here is my question..I've moved to Switzerland on 12th March 2010, however, I didn't have a drivers' licence by then, although I already knew how to drive.
I went back to my country during Christmas for holidays, and I took advantage of my time there to have the test. Of course, I've passed it so I got my drivers' licence and the International Drivers' Licence as well.

My question is, do I need to take the test to get my Swiss licence after 1 year of moving to Switzerland (in my case in 2 weeks from now), or after 1 year since I got my International Drivers' Licence (around Christmas 2011)?

Thank you very much for your help folks...
You need to switch your drivers license within 1 year of moving to Switzerland so hurry up! Additionally, depending on which country your license was issued from, you may be required to do a practical test anyway.
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Old 28.02.2011, 21:24
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Hello everybody,

Here is my question..I've moved to Switzerland on 12th March 2010, however, I didn't have a drivers' licence by then, although I already knew how to drive.
I went back to my country during Christmas for holidays, and I took advantage of my time there to have the test. Of course, I've passed it so I got my drivers' licence and the International Drivers' Licence as well.

My question is, do I need to take the test to get my Swiss licence after 1 year of moving to Switzerland (in my case in 2 weeks from now), or after 1 year since I got my International Drivers' Licence (around Christmas 2011)?

Thank you very much for your help folks...
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You need to switch your drivers license within 1 year of moving to Switzerland so hurry up!
Not so in this case. As the op was resident in Switzerland then the test taken back in the home country is not valid and so the whole Swiss test inc first aid etc must be taken here. If driving on that license the op is risking a lot.
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Old 07.03.2011, 12:11
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Okay, my confession I did NOT read the whole 42 pages of the thread, however I am not asking a question. Just thought I would add an updated account of trying to obtain your D.L.

Eye exam: At the airport optician, 20CHF They provided the form and I told them specifically it was for the driver's license.

Fee to file the form at the Cris Buro (spelling?) 20 CHF.

That was it. Oh yes, they also took my US license, and don't know if I will get it back. Hope this helps someone
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Old 07.03.2011, 13:07
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Okay, my confession I did NOT read the whole 42 pages of the thread, however I am not asking a question. Just thought I would add an updated account of trying to obtain your D.L.

Eye exam: At the airport optician, 20CHF They provided the form and I told them specifically it was for the driver's license.

Fee to file the form at the Cris Buro (spelling?) 20 CHF.

That was it. Oh yes, they also took my US license, and don't know if I will get it back. Hope this helps someone
You will receive the real bill in the post I'd imagine
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Old 07.03.2011, 13:51
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You will receive the real bill in the post I'd imagine
Yep. Mine was 120chuffs
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Old 07.03.2011, 14:04
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Like transatlantic, I also have neglected to read all 853 posts in this thread, so I am not entitled to ask a question. Instead, I have a practical suggestion: Perhaps someone who's more or less familiar with the entire thing can start a new sticky thread with the collective wisdom more or less summarized in the first post. From what I've been able to glean the main point is you have to make the conversion within a year of coming to Switzerland, with some ancillary points -- such as (a) you may have to take a road test if your original license is from one of the poorer countries in the world, (b) you might have to do an eye test, and (c) it will probably cost some money -- sprinkled about. After this is accomplished to the management's satisfaction, this unwieldy thread can be closed to the new comments that are so evidently ineffectually discouraged in post #1.
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Old 16.03.2011, 07:02
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

With regards to the Eye test? Does it matter where you get it done? I'm wondering if I can get the Eye test done here in SA (on my current medical) before moving to Geneva? Or does it have to be from a local optician?

Of course finding an English version of the eye test form would help first, though I cant seem to find that?
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