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Re: How to get a driving license for a scooter?

Does anyone know if you lose your US driver's license if you use it to get a Swiss license? Do they take it or something? My Italian friend said that they take it and then send it back to Italy or something which to him meant it was lost.
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Does anyone know if you lose your US driver's license if you use it to get a Swiss license? Do they take it or something? My Italian friend said that they take it and then send it back to Italy or something which to him meant it was lost.

This website will give you all the information you need. Or else, give them a call to find out what the procedure is.

http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...e/kontakt.html
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Old 28.03.2011, 16:23
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Cataline: "you dont know how to drive at all": does that mean you dont have the car license?

In that case:
Cat A1:
- max 125 ccm / 11 kw
- min age 18
- Courses:
- first aid (unless you hold cat B, or B1)
- base theory test (unless you hold cat B, or B1)
- theory lesson "Verkehrskunde"
- mandatory lessons 8 lessons (and not 6 as I thought)

- Indeed (if you dont hold cat B or B1) there will be a test.

But dear, if you anyway have to make the test, aim for the big bike :-)
Else you will get addicted, and have to make another test again.

Or: You get a schooter 200ccm and make the test with it. Then you will have category A restricted, which will automatically become A unrestricted after 2 years.

And the school I recommend would be in Örlikon.
I fully agree with this approach, the delta required is not so much. The other benefit is the A1 theory test will be valid for 5 years should you decide to do the car license later.
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Old 28.03.2011, 17:33
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Does anyone know if you lose your US driver's license if you use it to get a Swiss license? Do they take it or something? My Italian friend said that they take it and then send it back to Italy or something which to him meant it was lost.
If you are from Italy or another EU/EEA country, your license is exchanged for a Swiss one and is returned to the EU/EEA licensing authority. You may re-exchange it on re-entering the EU/EEA from Switzerland.

Other countries licenses are usually returned to you with a "Not valid in Switzerland" sticker affixed once you pass a road test if needed.

A license from A, AND, B, BG, CY, CZ, D, DK, E, EST, F, FIN, FL, FO, GR, HU, I, IRL, IS, L, LT, LV, M, MC, N, NL, P, PL, RO, RSM, S, SK, SLO, UK (incl. GB+ A,G,J,M,Z) or V will usually be exchanged and sent back with the same validity dates and categories.
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Other countries licenses are usually returned to you with a "Not valid in Switzerland" sticker affixed once you pass a road test if needed.
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Yes that is what happened to my USA license - just a bright orange sticker stuck on it and handed back to me.
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