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Old 23.11.2011, 10:29
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Re: Lost US Driving License

Finally, I received my Swiss License. Thanks a lot to all of you for your valuable posts and suggestions.

Here is the workaround for others who might get hit in future.

a. I requested for a letter from the CT DMV asking them to provide a snapshot from their systems listing the license file information and provided that to the strassenverkehrsamt.

b. That is a confirmation from the DMV stating that the license is valid and has no restrictions/sanctions etc. This is the workaround in cases such as this when the license is lost.

I still need to request for a Duplicate CT license though, which I am told would be a "Non verified" one if requested by mail. Not sure what the means. Anyways, thanks to all.

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Old 23.11.2011, 10:46
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Re: Lost US Driving License

Good to hear you can get your license.
for some of the other posters:
If you wait more than a year that does not always mean you have to take all the tests again. My wife (also from CT) went after 18 months and got a swiss license, no questions asked.
She did however needed proof that she had had it for more than 3 years (to avoid the giant L sticker, etc). The procedure may vary per state, but in CT you need an extract from the DMV with the original issue date on it, not the date on the license, which in her case was 2009, the year she had renewed it. (perhaps it is up to the discretion of the clerk at the verkehrsamt to decide if someone looks old enough to have had a license for more than three years or not? I am not suggesting that persons gettting the swiss license without this proof look or are old, though...)
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Re: Lost US Driving License

Could you elaborate on how your wife got it after the allowed period? (This is relevant to a German coworker of mine, who lost his German license just before he was going to apply for the Swiss license, and then the year ran out…)
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Could you elaborate on how your wife got it after the allowed period? (This is relevant to a German coworker of mine, who lost his German license just before he was going to apply for the Swiss license, and then the year ran out…)
Depends on how overworked the local traffic office is - they may carry out a swap at their discretion.

I swapped my UK license at the Strassenverkehrsamt (Zuerich) after 2 years in CH, they gave me a straight swap.
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Could you elaborate on how your wife got it after the allowed period? (This is relevant to a German coworker of mine, who lost his German license just before he was going to apply for the Swiss license, and then the year ran out…)
Same here, just go to the cantonal traffic agency and fill out the paperwork. If you don't tell them you have been here for more than a year and they do not bother to look at the date on your residence permit, life is easier for everyone :-)
If you do not have the original to show, things might get complicated, though. Perhaps you would need to obtain proof from German authorities that you actually have a licence before you can get a new one here.
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