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Is an L Permit official ID?

I went to Geneva at the weekend as a tourist. When checking in at the Novotel, I was asked for ID. I handed over my L Permit but she asked if I had a passport instead. I explained that I didn't as I live in Switzerland and hadn't left the country. The manageress then came over and asked if I had any other ID such as a driving licence. She was very nice and explained that they have to be strict as the Geneva police require them to be. I showed my Swiss driving licence which they seemed happy with and I got my hotel key.

I was under the impression that an L/B/C etc Permit was an official form of ID and would certainly be enough to check into a hotel for one night! Am I wrong?
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I was under the impression that an L/B/C etc Permit was an official form of ID and would certainly be enough to check into a hotel for one night! Am I wrong?
yes and no.

usually when using a permit as proof of identity most places require a second corroborating piece of ID. that fact that most of these second pieces are in fact based on the first piece, escapes them.

if you had just shown your passport or just shown your national identity card then they probably would not have asked for a second ID.

and no the permit is not a proof of ID. it is a proof that allows you to reside/work in CH. although many locations like to accept it as ID as it shows that the authorities are aware of your presence in the country.
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Old 14.04.2009, 21:54
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I was under the impression that an L/B/C etc Permit was an official form of ID and would certainly be enough to check into a hotel for one night! Am I wrong?
Well unless the rules changed very recently, a permit is not an ID and you are required to carry your passport or identity card at all times. If you are stopped by the police or border police and you do not have a passport on you, live may get very difficult very quickly!

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Re: Is an L Permit official ID?

Thanks for the replies. I still don't think I'll carry my passport around with me at all times though. I'll continue to live dangerously and hope the police accept my permit and driving licence.
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