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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hi guys
How can I recover my old driving license, I change my driving license some time a go and right now when I left the Switzerland and I need to change again the driving license.
Any tips/ idea or links regarding this aspect.

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Old 30.10.2011, 17:53
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

The license is sent back to the issuing authority. When you go back to that country you have to apply for a new conversion
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Dear All,

I tried to search but could not find this question answered earlier.


I have failed in my driving test yesterday which was to exchange my Indian driving licence to a swiss driving licence, now I have 10 days to file a protest. I think I was judged wrongly for unsafe driving, I am driving for last 10 years with family and kids. i have even taken 6 lessons with a local swiss driving instructor before the test, who says I do not need anything further.
Does anyone have expereince of going through protest filing with STV or knows what are the chances of fair treatment.

thanks for your reply and sharing experince.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hi All,
I dont know if this is the right place to ask my questions. Any information is much appreciated.
I had been to the driving test last week (the control test, so to say). It was announced after the test that I failed in it. I originally hold an Indian DL. There were multiple reasons that I could think why the result was a disaster.
First, the " Controller" who came for the test did not speak a word in English(my German is below the basic) and I had a difficult time in understanding the directions he was giving. I was later told that I do not have a SECOND CHANCE for the test. Prior to the test I had specifically requested for a english speaking controller. Now I understand that I need to take a more tedious route to get a license including a theory test in german and some kind of first aid course. MY questions are
1.Is there a way I can get a second chance for the test( I am not a bad driver)?
2.If above option is not possible, how best I can get a license?

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Old 13.11.2011, 11:16
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

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1.Is there a way I can get a second chance for the test( I am not a bad driver)?
No. It is clearly indicated on the letter you would have received from the Strassenverkhersamt (if that is how it is spelt) that you have one and only one chance at the test.

Did you take any driving lessons here in Switzerland prior to your test?
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Yes..I had 3 lessons..but as I mentioned, the biggest problem was the difficulty in understanding the directions given during the test. I could not defend myself with that reason.
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I was converting my Indian driving license to a Swiss One.

I completed my driving practical test succesfully today in STVA Zürich. The Kontroll person who came for the test was very friendly and was speaking a bit of English as well, which helped a lot.

Thanks to English forum folks for giving useful tips and suggestions .
I searched this thread with no success. Can anyone tell me about the driving test control (I have a non EU license and I need to pass a test). How long it is ? What do they ask you to do ? Does it require any special preparation ?
Thank you.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

I found this thread,
Passed control driving test yesterday
any extra information would be great
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Old 04.12.2011, 19:22
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

What is it you want to know?
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What is it you want to know?
What is the test procedure ?
Will we be asked to park ?
If I go with an automatic car will have a full or limited license ?
How long is it ?

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Old 04.12.2011, 19:56
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Are you sure you will need to do the test procedure?

What driving license do you currently have?
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Are you sure you will need to do the test procedure?

What driving license do you currently have?
Yes. Lebanese + International that will expire soon.
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Old 04.12.2011, 23:32
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

The best thing to do is go to:

Service Cantonal des automobiles et de la navigation
Avenue du Grey 110, 1018 Lausanne, Switzerland
+41 21 316 82 10

They are opposite Lausanne airport and are very helpful and will be able to provide all the information you need.

Try calling them first, but If can spare the time go and see them. Their service is normally very efficient.

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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Did a search but couldn't find any answer.

I converted my license and just received my new Swiss license. On the back, I have my 2 previous categories, A and B. On the front side, where is the place with the categories (under number 9) it is written A B F (F with Italic)

What is the significance of this F?
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

This explains the italic F.

LINK: http://www.astra2.admin.ch/media/pdf...-15_2264_e.pdf

F
Motor vehicles, other than motorcycles and light motorcycles, with a maximum design speed not exceeding 45 km/h.
Additional information/restriction(s) 121 = Carriage of passengers for hire or reward.

The link was found here:

http://geneva.angloinfo.com/informat.../exlicence.asp

You can now drive a Digger and a Tractor!

Hope that helps.

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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

For those in Canton Vaud:

I had my licence converted on Friday, exactly one year to the day I arrived in Switzerland (I like to live on the edge).

I handed over all the paperwork, my permit and my Australian licence - which they handed back to me with a sticker saying Not valid in Switzerland. Apparently I'll get the new licence and the bill in 30 days.

BUT, important to note - this was not the first time I'd been to the driving registration centre. The first time we went with all the correct paperwork, they refused to process it as we hadn't had a small section filled in by the local Controle des Habitants that proved we lived in Vaud and the date we entered Switzerland. It does not say you need to do this on either the form or the website, and apparently your permit isn't good enough proof. We had to go to the Controle des Habitants where they took our passports, looked us up on the computer, signed and stamped our forms and charged us CHF5. Just a warning that if you're in Vaud you might need to visit the CdH first.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

I did mine in Lausanne and did not have to get it stamped, no questions asked.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Did mine in Lausanne and didn't have to have any stampage from any other agency.

Of course that was over two years ago, so things might be different.

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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Just got my shiny new Swiss license in the mail yesterday.

Did it in Canton Bern in the city of Bern with a Canadian license from Ontario. Process was super easy. I wondered why it took me 6 months to do it.

- Filled out the form
- Added a photograph
- Photocopy of Aufenthaltstitel

I also included my Driver's Abstract (thanks to the person that mentioned it in this thread -- was CA$12 and can be ordered and printed online). I told the person working at the Strassenverkehsamt that I started driving much earlier even though I renewed my license only in 2010 (silly 5-year renewals in Ontario). She told me that it was great that I brought it because they can put on the license that I actually got my license in 1999 rather than in 2010. So, that's +11 years driving experience on my record vs if I didn't bring the abstract.
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Just got my shiny new Swiss license in the mail yesterday.

Did it in Canton Bern in the city of Bern with a Canadian license from Ontario. Process was super easy. I wondered why it took me 6 months to do it.

- Filled out the form
- Added a photograph
- Photocopy of Aufenthaltstitel

I also included my Driver's Abstract (thanks to the person that mentioned it in this thread -- was CA$12 and can be ordered and printed online). I told the person working at the Strassenverkehsamt that I started driving much earlier even though I renewed my license only in 2010 (silly 5-year renewals in Ontario). She told me that it was great that I brought it because they can put on the license that I actually got my license in 1999 rather than in 2010. So, that's +11 years driving experience on my record vs if I didn't bring the abstract.
Good deal. Glad the thread helped.

I have always found the people at Strassenvekehsamt to be very useful if one is willing to take the time to make/allow them to answer.

BTW, anywhere from a 3 year to an 8 year renewal in the states that I have lived in over here. Go figure.
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