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Re: Ontario License to Swiss License

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[Drivers licence] Conversion and questions (Kanada is Canada in case you're lost )
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Old 29.03.2007, 09:58
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

Hi Folks,

1. Im within my first year coming in to Switzerland.
2. I have a US license, but it expired in January this year. Will I be able to convert it ?
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Old 29.03.2007, 10:44
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Hi Folks,

1. Im within my first year coming in to Switzerland.
2. I have a US license, but it expired in January this year. Will I be able to convert it ?
This is not really the 'correct' answer, but I would try. It is quite possible that won't be noticed.

When I changed my UK one they didn't study it too much at the 'street traffic office'. Otherwise you'll need to renew the US one first.

Odd that US licenses expire - UK ones are designed to expire with the holder...
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Old 29.03.2007, 15:12
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Hi Folks,

1. Im within my first year coming in to Switzerland.
2. I have a US license, but it expired in January this year. Will I be able to convert it ?
Hi
I was in the same situation and was lucky enough to convert it last December. It was a pleasant surprise being able to trade in my Texas license here in Switzerland after 4 yrs without a valid license in Germany (there I had to retake the whole test and never bothered).
In case the expired US license is an issue you could try renewing it on the website of your state's DMV. I did that 5 years ago, but I think some regulations have changed since (I know they won't mail the new license to an address abroad anymore).
Hope this helps.
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

I have a UK licence, do I have to do this test thing?
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Old 02.04.2007, 18:04
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

A UK licence is a straight swap. You can drive on it for a year, after that you are obliged to exchange your licence.

Get it done and out of the way.
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Old 02.04.2007, 19:30
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

Thanks, I have every intention of doing so...esp as intend to be here for some time.
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Re: Licence conversion - lose your original country one?

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When I converted to a Swiss license they allowed me to keep my old one. However, to ensure I'd never so much as think of using my Canadian license in Switzerland again, they had a very high-tech solution: they stuck a yellow sticker on my license that announced it was not valid in Switzerland (said sticker peels off very easily) and as an extra precaution, put an official stamp on the back of my card using what seems was a water-based ink... it had rubbed off the card by the time I got home from the licensing bureau.

Hi there!
I just switched over my Ontario license today and the nice lady at the Büro told me that I would NOT be getting my license returned to me (with or wothout the hi-tech sticker) but that it would either be a) sent back to my "heimatland" or kept in the "archiv" in Züri... I suppose it depends on what they think of my photo when they get to me in the pile! Apparently I will get it back when I leave CH. I did try to use my International one at first but she would have none of that (darn)!!!!! Apart from that, no proof or question asked as to when I had passed my license so ... no worries there. I also just want to add that I bought a car one year ago here and got insurance with TCS (also the best price for my model and year) without having to show proof of having been insured before. This I found odd - but I had anticipated a problem and had my Canadian insurer fax me a letter with my history just in case. It is now neatly filed with my other useless papers... I do think that it all depends on who you get to help you (or not) and how big the smile is!!!!
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Old 03.04.2007, 22:24
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

sorry I'm new in this forum, this issue might have been discussed so many times....anyhow I will be seconded to Nyon soon and have a German driving license, can I drive in CH? thanks
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Old 04.04.2007, 05:24
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

Yes, for the 1st year & then you have to trade for a Swiss licence.

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Old 04.04.2007, 09:20
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Hi Folks,

1. Im within my first year coming in to Switzerland.
2. I have a US license, but it expired in January this year. Will I be able to convert it ?
I was in exactly the same situation. It ended up being OK, but it was a process for me. The local authorities wanted indication from the US Embassy that the license was valid. Regardless of me trying to explain that it is a state issue in the US, not federal...that's what they wanted. After a failed trip to the American embassy (go figure), a call between the embassy and the locals (to no avail), I finally received a validation from the DMV in Nevada (snail mail...guy didn't know how to work the fax), put through the docs and received my license.

Just find out which hoops they want you to jump through, jump through them, and be prepared for more hoops. But, it should get done. Patience....
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Old 04.04.2007, 09:30
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

I went and got my Australian license done yesterday. She took my license and said they needed it to process my Swiss license. She said they would BOTH come back to me in the mail.

I asked if I could bring the form in for my wife and get her license converted. I was told "No" she must do it in person but she can take the forms to the local gemeinde and they will handle them.

Has anyone heard this before?
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Old 04.04.2007, 09:32
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

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I went and got my Australian license done yesterday. She took my license and said they needed it to process my Swiss license. She said they would BOTH come back to me in the mail.

I asked if I could bring the form in for my wife and get her license converted. I was told "No" she must do it in person but she can take the forms to the local gemeinde and they will handle them.

Has anyone heard this before?
Yes. They want proof of ID and the Gemeinde can do that.
Otherwise, someone else could apply for your license.

Simplistic perhaps, but that is the rules..
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Old 04.04.2007, 09:48
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

I was just surprised that she didn't have to go to Zurich to do the conversion.
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I went and got my Australian license done yesterday. She took my license and said they needed it to process my Swiss license. She said they would BOTH come back to me in the mail.
I had gone over the 12 month limit by 6 months when I applied for a conversion in late 2004. I got my Western Australian DL card back in the mail a few days later with nothing but a fluoro orange "Not valid in Switzerland" sticker on it. OK, rejected I thought. Then a few days later a Swiss DL appeared in the mail Then a few weeks later a bill for it.

I've had some funny looks and questions back in Perth when I've since used the WA DL as ID. "What did you do in Switzerland?"
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Old 04.04.2007, 12:21
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I got my Western Australian DL card back in the mail a few days later with nothing but a fluoro orange "Not valid in Switzerland" sticker on it.
Hey, that's not fair ! Why did you get a cool fluoro orange sticker, and I got a crappy regular uncool silver one ? I thought we were all looked down upon equally here.
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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

For the South Africans out there.

I did not exchange my licence in the first year, primarily because I still had an ID book licence, so I first had to wangle a new licence out of the South African authorities.

On switzerland.isyours.com I read that South African licence holders are exempt from the practical test (but on this page there is a .pdf that does not list any African countries). So I took my licence into the verkehrsampt and asked them to exchange it.

They told me that:

1) My original licence will be sent back to the authorities in South Africa
2) I will receive a provisionary licence, valid for 3 months
3) I must complete a practical examination within that 3 month period
4) Should I fail, I will have to complete the full Swiss driving test

There is certainly a lot of conflicting information out there. Should I fail the test, I hope they will return my South African licence to me so that I can exchange it for UK licence and then exchange that for a Swiss licence. In the meantime, I will study the Swiss theory and take a few lessons, after all they can't hurt.

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Re: Driver's Licence conversion

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I went and got my Australian license done yesterday. She took my license and said they needed it to process my Swiss license. She said they would BOTH come back to me in the mail.

I asked if I could bring the form in for my wife and get her license converted. I was told "No" she must do it in person but she can take the forms to the local gemeinde and they will handle them.

Has anyone heard this before?
Hi there kosifantutti (Love the name by the way!)

I am keeping my fingers crossed that mine comes back as well ... are you in Canton Zürich BTW?
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Old 04.04.2007, 14:29
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Re: getting a car license when holding a indian car driving license

does anyone know whether I could drive in Switzerland with the German license or do I need to convert it to the Swiss one? Thanks ...
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Old 04.04.2007, 14:36
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does anyone know whether I could drive in Switzerland with the German license or do I need to convert it to the Swiss one? Thanks ...
have you not asked this question already?
the thread you asked it on in the first place has ALL the information you need....so I've moved your post and my answer to the thread.

Your first go at this question on this thread even got a reply:
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Yes, for the 1st year & then you have to trade for a Swiss licence.

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