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I am a dual citizen(US&Swiss) planning to move Zurich area. I have an appointment next week at the Swiss Consulate in NY to record my biometric information and process my Swiss passport application. Should I also get an Identity Card? Is this something I will need in Switzerland?
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Old 25.05.2011, 19:45
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I am a dual citizen(US&Swiss) planning to move Zurich area. I have an appointment next week at the Swiss Consulate in NY to record my biometric information and process my Swiss passport application. Should I also get an Identity Card? Is this something I will need in Switzerland?
If you intend to live here, yes! Plus, it's very cheap (sorry, I'm Swiss so your mileage may vary) in combination with the passport.
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Re: Swiss Identity Card

You dont "NEED" an identity card, but it comes in very handy at times, rather then having to carry around a bigger red booklet.

Also when applying for a passport thy should offer you a ID card for a discounted price otherwise ask for it.

Very practical for traveling within Europe !

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Re: Swiss Identity Card

It's 9 bucks extra. But once I move and register at the gemeinde, will I have to get another due to the change address?
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Old 25.05.2011, 20:13
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It's 9 bucks extra. But once I move and register at the gemeinde, will I have to get another due to the change address?
9 bucks... Costs you CHF 65.- if you order it separately and you do not need to change it when you move to another address. It's well worth the price!!

You will need it on several occasions to identify yourself, much easier to carry in your wallet than a passport!
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Old 25.05.2011, 20:18
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But once I move and register at the gemeinde, will I have to get another due to the change address?
No. Your address is not listed on the ID card. You still will have to de-register and register when you move from one Gemeinde to the next but that has nothing to do with your ID card.

And yes by all means get one, put it into your wallet and forget about it. It makes life a lot easier.
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I am a dual citizen(US&Swiss) planning to move Zurich area. I have an appointment next week at the Swiss Consulate in NY to record my biometric information and process my Swiss passport application. Should I also get an Identity Card? Is this something I will need in Switzerland?
I absolutely love my Swiss identity card as I travel frequently and no longer need to worry about having my passport when I travel.
I have that card with me all the time, along with my driving licence.
I simply don't understand why there is such a hue and cry amongst my fellow Brits when the question of possibly issuing identity cards is raised.
Maybe there are problems I'm too stupid to understand, but I've yet to come across any, and I've had an identity card for many years.
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