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Old 16.10.2013, 09:41
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Re: missing deadline for driving licence change

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actually that's what I told the senile box-checking counter staff, but she was not getting it.

Per her understanding/communication, one had to do the conversion within the first year of the B-permit. After then was a no go.

Canton Vaud..no problem, no B.S., no discussion. Seems like the 5 year clause you mentioned applied there. But appears case by case.
Often people have no idea & will not admit they don't know. Whats actually important is what the law says
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Old 16.10.2013, 11:48
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Often people have no idea & will not admit they don't know. Whats actually important is what the law says
Yeah but if the box-checker at the counter doesn't know the law, then one can be up..Sh#ts Creek.
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Re: missing deadline for driving licence change

I have just made the same mistake, but hopefully even after almost 3 years here I can still get away with playing dumb Johnny Foreigner... Wish me luck
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I have just made the same mistake, but hopefully even after almost 3 years here I can still get away with playing dumb Johnny Foreigner... Wish me luck

No problem at all, you have 5 years to change the license, you just can't drive here till you do
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Re: missing deadline for driving licence change

I think I posted this before - but matches the thread somehow:
  • Had a German license since I was 18
  • Moved to Switzerland and learned that I will have to exchange it here before(!) I came, and somehow read+remembered that Australian licenses can also be exchanged w/o test.
  • Holidayed OZ extensively before coming to CH
  • Managed to exchange my German license for an Australian one, without surrendering the German one.
  • After arriving to CH I managed to exchange the OZ-license for a Swiss one (without surrendering the OZ one (it now sports a sticker "not valid in Switzerland")).
Result: I physically have all 3 of them, but obvisouly I would never use any but the Swiss one in Switzerland. I treat the other two like a souvenir of old times.

Funny side effect of the OZ license: Got a rebate on car rental in Cyprus, because I hold a "left-side driving license".
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Re: missing deadline for driving licence change

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No problem at all, you have 5 years to change the license, you just can't drive here till you do
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Do you have a link or something that can be shown to the clerk? My OH missed the deadline by 2 days...
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Do you have a link or something that can be shown to the clerk? My OH missed the deadline by 2 days...
All in this thread: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions, Mark II

But do not worry. Just exchange. Or did he miss the 5 year deadline
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