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Is my Swiss driving licence valid to use if I am no longer Swiss resident?
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Is my Swiss driving licence valid to use if I am no longer Swiss resident?
From the Swiss point of view. Yes.
For all other countries check the local law before you drive.
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It's just that I had my licence stolen and need a replacement and the Swiss are asking to see my Permit B which I don't have now. Why would they ask to see it if one doesn't need to be resident to have a driving licence?
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Re: Driving Licence

Because to get a Swiss licence you have to be a resident. Fairly obvious I'd say. If you can't produce a permit, they may cancel the licence. You may have to get your old home country one back or take the relevant driving exam in the country where you're currently living.

And as aSwissInTheUS says, check the local driving licence regulations. A Swiss licence may not be valid for the country you're currently living in.
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Re: Driving Licence

I agree it is "fairly obvious" you need some sort of residency to get a Swiss driving licence in the first place. The question is: is my licence valid if / when I leave?

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Re: Driving Licence

Your driving license is valid when you leave the country until you (have to) replace it with one of the country you live in then (it all depends on the requirements of the "new" country). However, you cannot replace a Swiss driving license with a new Swiss one when you no longer are resident in Switzerland.

When your change your license to a Swiss one, with some countries your old one is being sent back to that country you lived in before.

Still, I´d file a report with the police, just in case.

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Re: Driving Licence

The strong opinion is check the local driving licence regulations! As we've no idea where you went no one can tell you one way or the other. If another EU country then yes, it'll be valid for a year probably, the US well for holiday car hire at least maybe, don't know about if you're a resident. The rest of the world - your guess is as good as mine. Check the local driving licence regulations. They may say it's only good if accompanied by an international driving licence, may say yes it's fine or may say it's not valid.
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Because to get a Swiss licence you have to be a resident.
No, you don't.

Swiss licenses are for life.

But it may be different for non Swiss.

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The question is: is my licence valid if / when I leave?

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From the Swiss point of view. Yes.
For all other countries check the local law before you drive.
But the above is not your real question. It was:

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It's just that I had my licence stolen and need a replacement and the Swiss are asking to see my Permit B which I don't have now. Why would they ask to see it if one doesn't need to be resident to have a driving licence?
Which is total different question. The answer to this is, that you normally only get a statement that you theoretically be eligible to drive and would be issued a Swiss license if you were a resident, but not the actual license. You can than use this statement to get a license in your local country of residence.

The document can be referenced and requested as: "Bestätigung über die in der Schweiz registrierten Fahrberechtigungen gemäss Art. 24h Abs. 2 VZV"

Art. 24h VZV is all about getting a Swiss driving license (the actual card) as a non Swiss resident. See: https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...ndex.html#a24h

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If another EU country then yes, it'll be valid for a year probably, the US well for holiday car hire at least maybe, don't know about if you're a resident.
Lower that time frame to 10 days up to a year if you are lucky. For example Austria and Germany it is 6 months, California it is 10 days, and Illinois it is 90 days, UK it is 12 Months, since you became a permanent resident. There may be longer times or exemptions for students.

Better check the local law early than to be caught with a non valid license.

If you intend to drive commercial vehicles such as trucks, taxis, coaches, buses, taxis, ambulances etc. you may have to exchange it before the very first trip.
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