Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Permits/visas/government  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 28.06.2011, 18:01
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: zug
Posts: 8
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
camilla has no particular reputation at present
Changing Swiss driving license back to a UK driving license

Hi

Quick question which I hope someone can help me with.

I am leaving to go back to the UK - when i arrived in Switzerland I exchanged my UK driving license for a Swiss one. Does anyone know if I have to apply here in Switzerland to change my driving license from a Swiss back to a UK one or do I do it in the UK?

Many thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 28.06.2011, 18:43
mirfield's Avatar
Moddy Wellies
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: North Yorkshire
Posts: 8,715
Groaned at 54 Times in 48 Posts
Thanked 9,623 Times in 3,557 Posts
mirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Changing Swiss driving license back to a UK driving license

For non-EU/EEA licence holders (which includes holders of Swiss licences) you need to apply for the return of your British licence within 12 months.
Quote:
If you return here from a country that is not in the EC or EEA and you do not have a GB licence, you may:
• drive for up to 12 months on a valid licence that is not a GB licence; or
• apply for a replacement of your previous GB licence by paying the appropriate fee and giving up any foreign licence you hold.
http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/forms/~/m...ts/INS57P.ashx

Last edited by mirfield; 29.06.2011 at 10:56. Reason: Corrected - CH is not in EEA
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank mirfield for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 29.06.2011, 09:54
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: zug
Posts: 8
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
camilla has no particular reputation at present
Re: Changing Swiss driving license back to a UK driving license

Thank you so much for your help
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 29.06.2011, 10:25
evilshell's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UK, formerly Basel
Posts: 3,361
Groaned at 96 Times in 80 Posts
Thanked 3,074 Times in 1,338 Posts
evilshell has a reputation beyond reputeevilshell has a reputation beyond reputeevilshell has a reputation beyond reputeevilshell has a reputation beyond reputeevilshell has a reputation beyond reputeevilshell has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Changing Swiss driving license back to a UK driving license

Quote:
View Post
...
For non-EU/EEA licence holders (this is for info only as Switzerland is in EEA)http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/forms/~/media/pdf/leaflets/INS57P.ashx
Actually, Switzerland is a designated country in the UK, it does not fall under EU/EEA rules.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring...nce/DG_4022559

You can only drive in the UK for one year on a Swiss license, after that you need to exchange it for a UK license.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank evilshell for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 29.06.2011, 10:52
mirfield's Avatar
Moddy Wellies
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: North Yorkshire
Posts: 8,715
Groaned at 54 Times in 48 Posts
Thanked 9,623 Times in 3,557 Posts
mirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond reputemirfield has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Changing Swiss driving license back to a UK driving license

Quote:
View Post
Actually, Switzerland is a designated country in the UK, it does not fall under EU/EEA rules.
You're right. Switzerland is in EFTA and not EEA. I've corrected my post.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank mirfield for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 18.07.2011, 13:25
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Pfaeffikon Schwyz 8808
Posts: 10
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 6 Times in 1 Post
roryeley has no particular reputation at present
Re: Changing Swiss driving license back to a UK driving license

I've just driven to the Verkehrsamt and looked in my wallet and my drivers licence isn't there! I've looked everywhere, no show. I was going to give it back as I've deregistered myself as a swiss resident and wanted to sort it before i leave for holidays to California on the 21st. Now I don't have a licence at all and I need to drive and rent a car.

Has anyone been as much of a sieve head as me? Can I still work things out so that I can still cancel my swiss licence without having the actual card to give back?

Thank for your help.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 18.07.2011, 17:30
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 29,021
Groaned at 1,992 Times in 1,508 Posts
Thanked 34,484 Times in 16,399 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Changing Swiss driving license back to a UK driving license

Quote:
View Post
Can I still work things out so that I can still cancel my swiss licence without having the actual card to give back?
Why would you have to cancel your Swiss license?

Tom
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 18.07.2011, 23:52
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Pfaeffikon Schwyz 8808
Posts: 10
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 6 Times in 1 Post
roryeley has no particular reputation at present
Re: Changing Swiss driving license back to a UK driving license

Quote:
View Post
It's easy, just phone the DVLA and ask for a replacement, they will charge you and send it to the last address stated on your licence, or change it if required. When you pass your test in the UK the licence is issued and valid until you are 70 with no need to renew.
Thank you Clarem

I should be all sorted by tomorrow now!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
driving license, exchange, leaving switzerland




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Driving in US with Swiss License Ashley Mac Transportation/driving 60 06.07.2017 00:42
Do I need my "original" US driving license to get a Swiss driving license lukenjenny Transportation/driving 25 11.03.2012 21:04
Driving in the UK with a Swiss license RedHorse Transportation/driving 22 27.07.2010 11:28
Swiss driving license in Florida Nathu General off-topic 2 11.08.2008 18:08


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 18:13.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0