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Converting UK paper licence to Swiss one

Hi guys,

Hope I'm not duplicating something that has already been posted on the forum. I had one of the old style paper driving licences from the UK and was wondering whether that would be a problem when converting to a Swiss one, i.e. would they only accept the newer photocard licences?

They accepted the old licence, and the process was pretty smooth.

The required eyesight test at the opticians cost only 10 CHF; a single passport sized photo, a filled in form and my permit were what I took along.

The only surprise was that where my standard issue UK licence allowed me to drive vehicles in the C1 (small lorry) and D1 (minibus) categories the guy at the counter said that you can't have these categories automatically added to the Swiss licence without getting a certificate from the Doctor certifying that you are in general good health.

Kash.
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The only surprise was that where my standard issue UK licence allowed me to drive vehicles in the C1 (small lorry) and D1 (minibus) categories the guy at the counter said that you can't have these categories automatically added to the Swiss licence without getting a certificate from the Doctor certifying that you are in general good health.
Either things have changed in the 10yrs. since mine was done, or I don't remember exactly, but I'm sure I didn't have to have a medical check to carry over my similar entitlement. I just need to have follow up eye tests every 3yrs. (I think) - they notify me when I need to do it.

It may be worth getting the medical check-up done, so you can keep them here - if not too late (hopefully you have a photocopy of your old UK licence?)

My thinking has always been, that if I am entitled to something, then it's a pity to lose it if I can avoid it - you never know when it might be useful/needed.
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Re: Converting UK paper licence to Swiss one

Interesting, I was never required to do a medical, neither have I been required to have a regular eye test. Maybe I'm special.
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Re: Converting UK paper licence to Swiss one

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Hi guys,

Hope I'm not duplicating something that has already been posted on the forum. I had one of the old style paper driving licences from the UK and was wondering whether that would be a problem when converting to a Swiss one, i.e. would they only accept the newer photocard licences?

They accepted the old licence, and the process was pretty smooth.

The required eyesight test at the opticians cost only 10 CHF; a single passport sized photo, a filled in form and my permit were what I took along.

The only surprise was that where my standard issue UK licence allowed me to drive vehicles in the C1 (small lorry) and D1 (minibus) categories the guy at the counter said that you can't have these categories automatically added to the Swiss licence without getting a certificate from the Doctor certifying that you are in general good health.

Kash.

I too was invited to have a medical for the C1 certification. This seems the norm now as is also the case for a couple of German friends. The unfortunate thing is you have to use a doctor off their list which of course stings on the price.

In the end I simply wrote to them saying I no longer wished for this category; I hated driving 7.5 tonners every time I rarely needed to. I traded my UK photo licence in but retained the paper, thus still giving me the certification for Europe but just not in CH. The question is are you ever going to use it here and is the medical cost worth it for you?
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I too was invited to have a medical for the C1 certification. This seems the norm now as is also the case for a couple of German friends. The unfortunate thing is you have to use a doctor off their list which of course stings on the price.

In the end I simply wrote to them saying I no longer wished for this category; I hated driving 7.5 tonners every time I rarely needed to. I traded my UK photo licence in but retained the paper, thus still giving me the certification for Europe but just not in CH. The question is are you ever going to use it here and is the medical cost worth it for you?
I retained all my C and D categories. I had to have a medical, but only done by my regular doctor (maybe this varies by canton); the cost was around 100 CHFs. I also had to get the equivalent of a criminal record check, ordered online and collected from the local Post Office for about 20 CHFs. All quite easy, and worth it because I don't trust the UK DVLA database to remember I ever had these and give them back to me, as they're no longer issued as standard with new UK licences.
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