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Transfer Swiss Driving License to US Driving License

Hi,

I am recently moved into US from Switzerland.
While I was in Switzerland, I could transfer my home country's driving license to Swiss one.
Unfortunately, it seems impossible to transfer my home country's driving license to US one.
I heard that German driving license can be transferrable to US one without taking exams.
So I am wondering if this also applies to Swiss driving license. If yes, what kind documents do I need?

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Old 24.07.2011, 22:35
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Re: Transfer Swiss Driving License to US Driving License

Same as Switzerland & the Kantons; each US State has different rules.
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Re: Transfer Swiss Driving License to US Driving License

How about MA (Massachusetts)?
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Re: Transfer Swiss Driving License to US Driving License

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How about MA (Massachusetts)?
You'll want to talk to someone at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Massachusetts to confirm, but I found these two pages on their website instructive:

This one suggests Swiss drivers can drive for a year on their Swiss licenses, as they get the same reciprocity as Germany:
http://www.mass.gov/rmv/dmanual/appendixA.pdf


This one suggests, though, that you'll need to take written AND road tests if you are becoming a Massachusetts resident:

http://www.mass.gov/rmv/license/9oos.htm

It also suggests you may need a "sponsor," someone with a Massachusetts license who is over 21 years old to go to the DMV with you. That sounds like a very Massachusetts thing to require -- it is an incredibly bureaucratic paperwork / rules heavy state.

If it makes you feel any better, when I moved from the US state of Virginia to the US state of New Jersey, they made me take their state written examination again. So this isn't something unique to Massachusetts or to your being from another country.
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Re: Transfer Swiss Driving License to US Driving License

When you're at the DMV do yourself a favor and bring a good book or your ipod with you. It might be necessary because of the wait times.
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Re: Transfer Swiss Driving License to US Driving License

To be honest, I really wouldn't worry about license transfer to the US. Just start "from scratch". While I don't know MA in particular, if you know how to drive, preparing for and taking the drivers test is likely to require $50, a friend willing to loan you a car, and a few afternoons to read the book and maybe practice driving through cones.
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