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New Swiss driving licence

Does anybody know if the new Swiss driving licence automatically includes the International Driving Licence ................ ?
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Old 24.05.2011, 13:31
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Re: New Swiss driving licence

How "new" is "new"? Haven't heard about new legislation coming out .

If it's still the same laws as 2 years ago, Swiss License does not come with International one: you have to pay extra for it (but it's not that much). You are allowed to drive in U.E. (don't know about the rest of the world) for 3 months without a problem, though.

But if new is really new, then I can't help you with that

P.S.: This was the information given to me by my Gemeinde when I applied to the Swiss Driving License. If the information is wrong, you should take it up to the Gemeinde, not me
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Re: New Swiss driving licence

Merci, Helm

Yep, two years ago sounds like the newest new
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Re: New Swiss driving licence

There's no such thing as an International Driving Licence? There's the International Driving Permit (details below) but that is just a translation document for your home country's licence. The Swiss licence (since the last 8 or whatever years) is the same EU standard like those issued from EU countries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna...Driving_Permit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Driving_Licence
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Re: New Swiss driving licence

When I took my driving license back home, I was offered the possibility of getting an International Driving Permit (? not sure if this is the correct translation?) for aditional 50 euros. When I refused, they warned about time limitations while driving outside the country (don't remember the whole chabang since it was quite a while ago).

When I contacted my Gemeinde they told me something similar, but they were also trying to scare the foreigner heebe-jeebes out of me since the very first day I came to inscribe myself.

If the information I was given and posted here is wrong, I apologize My law German sucks big time, so I believed what the old lady was telling me instead of demanding the documentation.
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Re: New Swiss driving licence

Driving licences tend to be valid internationally. You do not need an "international license" but one from your home country. According to this site you only need to switch to the Swiss license from your home country within 12 months.
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There's no such thing as an International Driving Licence? There's the International Driving Permit (details below) but that is just a translation document for your home country's licence. The Swiss licence (since the last 8 or whatever years) is the same EU standard like those issued from EU countries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna...Driving_Permit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Driving_Licence

there is one . Im holding one in my hand right now as a matter of fact.
at the time I paid 60 Euros for it and it is valid for 3 years. with this you can drive everywhere in the world. for longer than 3 months.


With the Swiss one you can almost drive wherever you want. Remember that if you leave the country your license and plates must be the same.
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Remember that if you leave the country your license and plates must be the same.

-------huh?
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Remember that if you leave the country your license and plates must be the same.
Not true, I've driven US vehicles in the US with a CH license, Italian vehicles in Italy with a CH license, Norwegian in Norway with a CH license, etc.

Likewise, people with US or Italian licenses have driven my car/motorcycles in various countries around CH and the EU.

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Not true, I've driven US vehicles in the US with a CH license, Italian vehicles in Italy with a CH license, Norwegian in Norway with a CH license, etc.

Likewise, people with US or Italian licenses have driven my car/motorcycles in various countries around CH and the EU.

Tom
I think what he meant was that if you have a Swiss registered car, your license needs to also be Swiss if you were to take that car to another country. But maybe I've misunderstood. And I'm not so sure that's accurate info to begin with!
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Re: New Swiss driving licence

After the alloted time you are no longer allowed. I got pulled over at the border and had Swiss plates and a Belgian license. (This is still before the 1 year grace period) or the other way around , I cant remember.

He told me I couldnt drive outside of Switzerland with this combination. my gf had to drive the whole way.
Then when I went to change my license they told me this again as I asked there.

I cant seem to find a source for this but this is how it went for me.


All this is not when you are a tourist in a foreign country of course
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I think what he meant was that if you have a Swiss registered car, your license needs to also be Swiss if you were to take that car to another country. But maybe I've misunderstood. And I'm not so sure that's accurate info to begin with!

thats exactly what I meant
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I think what he meant was that if you have a Swiss registered car, your license needs to also be Swiss if you were to take that car to another country. But maybe I've misunderstood. And I'm not so sure that's accurate info to begin with!
Only if you have lived here for more than a year you must have a CH license.

Throughout the EU & CH your only allowed to drive in your country of residence (after 1 year) a car that is registered there.Short term hire cars are excluded, many people do not realise however they could have a problem if pulled over.
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Throughout the EU & CH your only allowed to drive in your country of residence (after 1 year) a car that is registered there.Short term hire cars are excluded, many people do not realise however they could have a problem if pulled over.
You can also drive borrowed cars short term, not just rented ones.

However, I have known people with residences in multiple countries who have vehicles registered in those countries, and have never had a problem.

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Re: New Swiss driving licence

yeah but you cant have say french plates if you are not registered there.
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I think what he meant was that if you have a Swiss registered car, your license needs to also be Swiss if you were to take that car to another country. But maybe I've misunderstood. And I'm not so sure that's accurate info to begin with!
As I said, I regularly let people with non-Swiss licenses borrow my vehicles and take them outside of CH, all that is legally required (if I am not present) is an authorisation with an Apostilla.

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