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Old 09.03.2007, 05:21
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[Q&A] International Driver's License

I can buy an International Drivers License for $15 which I believe is essentially a translation of the information on my US state license. Is this really needed in Switzerland?
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Old 09.03.2007, 11:40
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Re: International Drivers License needed?

I think a US license should be accepted here. Remember that if you are moving here you will have to exchange it for a CH license within a year or you need to do at least part of the test - and it is difficult.
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Old 09.03.2007, 11:52
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Re: International Drivers License needed?

I've only ever needed an international licence in Japan - they refused to hire me a car otherwise. I've never needed one anywhere else in the world... Generally it's a pretty useless document - offering nothing more than a translation of your existing licence. It's not valid by itself and is only a supplement to your existing licence.

Just be aware that most cars here have manual transmission, which you guys curiously refer to as "stick". I only mention this because these seems to be a bit of a problem for many Americans
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Re: International Drivers License needed?

Thanks for the info. I thought so. I own a manual transmission auto. Don't know about my co-worker's abilities. You pay quite a premium to rent an automatic in Switzerland.

Manual transmission is becoming quite rare in the USA as each generation doesn't teach their children. I've had passengers stare in amazement as I row through the gears. The USA has very minimal driver's education, so manual transmission is among the many skills not taught.
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My Wife & I, Recently Had An Unpleasent Encounter With The Spanish Police. We Were Stoped By The Zargosa Spain Police For A Tag Problem Which Was Resolved. The Next Issue Was Our Drivers License (florida) Police Said Not Valid In Spain. Had To Pay 315.00 In Euros On The Spot Or Take Car. We Reside In France Part Of The Year And The U.s. The Car Is Resistered In France. Was Not Aware Of International License Rrequirement.
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Re: International Driver's License

What is the purpose of your posting ? This is a forum for English speaking people in Switzerland and I doubt that anyone will know about Spanish regulations.
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Re: International Driver's License

I was under the impression that people in Switzerland travel outside of Switzerland and may have knowledge regarding international license requirements, perhaps I was misaken !!!
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Re: International Driver's License

It seems more like a statement than a question? Surely it would be more appropriate on either a Spanish, French, or US forum? I guess I just don't see the Swiss connection, that's all. edit - also surely not in any way related to a Visa or Work Permit, so would be better suited in the Travel section of this forum..? Just a thought, if you wanted a response from people discussing travel issues, that would have been the more sensible place to start your thread I suppose.
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Re: International Driver's License

Seems to me you miss the point of my thread. I was under the impression that people in Switzerland do travel by car outside of Switzerland. Having made that statement maybe, just maybe, someone in Switzerland may have some knowledge of international license. I happen to find a forem where I can speak my mother tongue. Also this is an issue that deals with government regardless of what country.
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Re: International Driver's License

If you Google 'driving license spain' you will find the information you are seeking.
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Seems to me you miss the point of my thread. I was under the impression that people in Switzerland do travel by car outside of Switzerland. Having made that statement maybe, just maybe, someone in Switzerland may have some knowledge of international license.
The international license is only an extension and a translation of your original license, which is required anyhow for the international license to have any sort of validity.
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Seems to me you miss the point of my thread.
Seems to me you miss the point of this forum.
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My wife & I were stoped by police in Zaragosa Spain for a tag issue which was resolved. The next issue (and we all know there is always additional issues) was our Florida Drivers license. Police said not valid in Spain. I asked what was the solution ? The solution was a cost of 315 euros for a permit to drive in Spain. Would like to know if we were taken advantage of just because we are foreign travelers. We live part time in France, have a car and no problem in France.
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Re: International Driver's License

You asked this same question under the thread you started under Permits/Visas/Government. If you had looked at the reply I posted and done a Google search you would have had your answer by now.

This forum is for English speaking people living in Switzerland.
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Re: International Driver's License

Hey George,

Thats new to me. My dad always drives to Italy and Switzerland etc... and has never been stopped, but never had any problems with his drivers license (knock on wood). He lives in USA so he just tells them the reason for having a USA license, and tells them he is just passing by on vacation. Hope that made sense. Well, next time you go to the USA, you know now to get a international drivers license, its only 10dollars I think, the bad part is I think its only good for 3months. Again, "I Think"...
Sorry for your expensive bad luck...
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This forum is for English speaking people living in Switzerland.
I didn't know that. I live in the U.S. and will be in Switzerland for 2 weeks next month. Am I breaking the rules? If so, is there another place I can ask questions in English?
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You asked this same question under the thread you started under Permits/Visas/Government. If you had looked at the reply I posted and done a Google search you would have had your answer by now.

This forum is for English speaking people living in Switzerland.
I began my seach with a "Google search" that is where I discovered the Switzerland site. The Google search did provide some information, however I wanted to get some helpful feed back in English (my mother tongue) and did get some good responses . Can not say you have been very helpful only complaining that I used the Switzerland site & also, I did not realize that I had to live in Switzerland to use the forum.
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I began my seach with a "Google search" that is where I discovered the Switzerland site. The Google search did provide some information, however I wanted to get some helpful feed back in English (my mother tongue) and did get some good responses . Can not say you have been very helpful only complaining that I used the Switzerland site & also, I did not realize that I had to live in Switzerland to use the forum.
You do not have to live in Switzerland but there should be a Swiss connection: live here; intend living here; are actually Swiss living anywhere; have Swiss family; and so on.
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I didn't know that. I live in the U.S. and will be in Switzerland for 2 weeks next month. Am I breaking the rules? If so, is there another place I can ask questions in English?
As your question is about Switzerland I don't think the mods will have any problem with it. Perhaps I should have said that the forum is about life in Switzerland.
The remarks to the poster who started this thread are because he lives in France and the US and has asked about the driving license regulations for Spain on a forum devoted to Switzerland ! Also the answer to his question can be found with a simple Google search.
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Re: International Driver's License

My 2 penny's: I was told that even with a UK driving licence, I would require to carry a translation of the document , if I was to drive in Spain. This was a requirement by the insurance company as well. I gather that the situation has changed with the introduction of the new Photocard, etc, but for Spain, it is still advisable to carry this translation, esp wioth a UK (DVLA)issued document.
BTW, I was stopped at the Swiss /German border a few months ago, in my Lorry, and the Border guard would not accept the UK photocard driving license or the new 'Smartcard' Digital Tachograph.
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