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B Permits;Plastic card vs Booklet

I'm a bit confused; my SO got her little booklet B permit and was all chuffed about it. Our friend then whipped hers out and it was a neat little plastic card.

So the question is; how does one get a neat little plastic one rather than the WWII movie style one? I say this because I will need to get mine in a couple of weeks.
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The credit card format is for non-EU. It's about the only advantage we have!
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I'm a bit confused; my SO got her little booklet B permit and was all chuffed about it. Our friend then whipped hers out and it was a neat little plastic card.

So the question is; how does one get a neat little plastic one rather than the WWII movie style one? I say this because I will need to get mine in a couple of weeks.
OMAI!!! Never knew there were too types and thusly the card was non -EU... wonder why that is, do they think the Europeans are unable to retain anything credit card sized when out on the lash perhaps? lol
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Re: B Permits;Plastic card vs Booklet

I had a suspicion that might be the case. That is really irritating because I like to keep wallet, keys etc to a minimum. Does one have to carry the wretched booklet around all the time?
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I had a suspicion that might be the case. That is really irritating because I like to keep wallet, keys etc to a minimum. Does one have to carry the wretched booklet around all the time?
Yeah me too! One has to carry some form of ID and if you are applying for anything you often need to show your permit, so kinda yes..

I found a good little gem at the Zurich airport; in the expensive luggage shop there is a wallet that is small yet can take this booklet, passport, driving licence, cards and even my international Press ID in one neat leather cool looking package, had I not found that I'd be tearing hair with all the stuff you need to carry about!!!!
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Yeah me too! One has to carry some form of ID and if you are applying for anything you often need to show your permit, so kinda yes..
I might just carry my driving licence around in that case and leave 'ze paperz' behind... Though I need to get around to changing that to a Swiss one too!
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I found a good little gem at the Zurich airport; in the expensive luggage shop there is a wallet that is small yet can take this booklet, passport, driving licence, cards and even my international Press ID in one neat leather cool looking package, had I not found that I'd be tearing hair with all the stuff you need to carry about!!!!
That sounds good! You need to be more specific about the luggage shop though; they're all expensive!
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Re: B Permits;Plastic card vs Booklet

Non-EU used to have a booklet also (I got one when I first arrived here in 2007), but the Swiss authorities have changed the format a couple of years ago. As far as I understand, the B-permits for EU is valid for 5 years, while non-EU have to renew it every year. And this year we are getting a biometric card, also in a small credit card format. It seems that one of the reasons is that most EU people already have a credit card-format ID from their home countries, but I don't really see the logic behind this.
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It seems that one of the reasons is that most EU people already have a credit card-format ID from their home countries, but I don't really see the logic behind this.
Yeah, the problem is that in the UK there is no official Photo ID card, though I suppose one could use a drivers licence
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Re: B Permits;Plastic card vs Booklet

Just a note: the driver's license is not a substitute for the permit. A lot of places won't let you use it if you are registering something. I've tried. The little booklet takes care of it all though. Just find a nice wallet that will fit it.
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Just a note: the driver's license is not a substitute for the permit. A lot of places won't let you use it if you are registering something. I've tried. The little booklet takes care of it all though. Just find a nice wallet that will fit it.
I carry a photocopy of it in my wallet. I take the actual booklet when going cross-border shopping but anywhere further and I revert to my British passport anyway. Otherwise I don't carry any ID with me (apart from that photocopy).
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