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Hi English Forum,

I have done some reading of previous posts about transferring my UK driving license to a Swiss license. Its been extremley helpful - thank you everyone.
However I have not read (or maybe i missed it!) anywhere that is helping me with my question... 'If I give up my UK driving license to gain a Swiss driving license after living here for 9 months, will I be able to still use the swiss driving license when I head back to UK and need to hire a car' ? Or is there such a thing as an International License that I may be able to obtain..

Thank you so much for your help in advance
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Re: Driving License - HELLPPP

You can use your swiss licence to get a hire car in the UK. we have been through trading the UK licence for a Netherlands licence, then a USA licence and now a Swiss licence and have never had any trouble hiring cars in the UK.
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You can use your swiss licence to get a hire car in the UK. we have been through trading the UK licence for a Netherlands licence, then a USA licence and now a Swiss licence and have never had any trouble hiring cars in the UK.


Brilliant - Thank you so much for a speedy reply.. Fantastic xx
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Re: Driving License - HELLPPP - CH driving license in the UK

Hiring a car - no problem. However, if you wish to extend insurance on a privately owned car (e.g. owned by a friend or relative), even for a few days, you will find that difficult without a UK licence.
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Hi English Forum,

I have done some reading of previous posts about transferring my UK driving license to a Swiss license. Its been extremley helpful - thank you everyone.
However I have not read (or maybe i missed it!) anywhere that is helping me with my question... 'If I give up my UK driving license to gain a Swiss driving license after living here for 9 months, will I be able to still use the swiss driving license when I head back to UK and need to hire a car' ? Or is there such a thing as an International License that I may be able to obtain..

Thank you so much for your help in advance
Stressed Sarah
I go back to UK about once a month and use my Swiss license to hire a car. At least with the swiss one you don't have to worry about that silly paper bit as well. I have also used it in Canada and USA with no problem
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Hiring a car - no problem. However, if you wish to extend insurance on a privately owned car (e.g. owned by a friend or relative), even for a few days, you will find that difficult without a UK licence.

Ah ok... thanks for the great info. Didnt think of that situation. Thanks

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I go back to UK about once a month and use my Swiss license to hire a car. At least with the swiss one you don't have to worry about that silly paper bit as well. I have also used it in Canada and USA with no problem

Cool. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Driving License - HELLPPP - CH driving license in the UK

I'm in the UK at the moment and I've had no problem hiring a car. However no insurance company would insure me to drive my parents car!!
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Hiring a car - no problem. However, if you wish to extend insurance on a privately owned car (e.g. owned by a friend or relative), even for a few days, you will find that difficult without a UK licence.
Not true, my girlfriend has a Swiss licence, is Swiss resident and is on my UK car insurance and can drive my UK registered car.

I explicitly checked this with the insurance company (LV) and they confirmed in writing that this is not a problem and that they know that she has a Swiss licence.

One interesting point is that she can drive it anywhere that the insurance covers but can only drive it in Switzerland if I am also in the car, but this is to do with import laws rather than the driving licence and insurance, as otherwise people could borrow a friends car from abroad rather than buy/import and thus avoid paying Swiss duty.
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Re: Driving License - HELLPPP - CH driving license in the UK

don't waste your money on the "international" drivers license - I've traveled to many places and was never asked for one.
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don't waste your money on the "international" drivers license - I've traveled to many places and was never asked for one.
They're really only a relic from the days before licences and vehicle classes were standardised. ISTR that Spain still needed you to have one, as well as a 'Green Card' until relatively recently (like the 1980s).
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Not true, my girlfriend has a Swiss licence, is Swiss resident and is on my UK car insurance and can drive my UK registered car.

I explicitly checked this with the insurance company (LV) and they confirmed in writing that this is not a problem and that they know that she has a Swiss licence.

One interesting point is that she can drive it anywhere that the insurance covers but can only drive it in Switzerland if I am also in the car, but this is to do with import laws rather than the driving licence and insurance, as otherwise people could borrow a friends car from abroad rather than buy/import and thus avoid paying Swiss duty.
Hey Cran,

Just out of interest, who told you she could drive it in CH as long as you were in the car? It is generally illegal for a Swiss resident to drive a foriegn plated car within Swiss borders unless it belongs to them....
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Hiring a car - no problem. However, if you wish to extend insurance on a privately owned car (e.g. owned by a friend or relative), even for a few days, you will find that difficult without a UK licence.
Talk to the insurance company and explain to them that you paseed your test in the UK normally works. Well it has with me anyway!
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don't waste your money on the "international" drivers license - I've traveled to many places and was never asked for one.
Actually we needed it for hiring a campervan in New Zealand!

But for OP question, in the UK I've hired loads of cars without problem on a Swiss driving licence.
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Hey Cran,

Just out of interest, who told you she could drive it in CH as long as you were in the car? It is generally illegal for a Swiss resident to drive a foriegn plated car within Swiss borders unless it belongs to them....
Hi Saint, could you please define "illegal" as i am only aware of Art. 30 and Art. 35 Zollverordnung
which makes the whole deal a tax/customs issue.
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Re: Driving License - HELLPPP - CH driving license in the UK

No problem using a Swiss driving licence to hire a car in the UK. Have done it hundreds of times. After all that's what all foreign tourists do when they hire a car in the UK (just remember the gear lever changes side or else you'll end up opening the car door).
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Hey Cran,

Just out of interest, who told you she could drive it in CH as long as you were in the car? It is generally illegal for a Swiss resident to drive a foriegn plated car within Swiss borders unless it belongs to them....
Customs

It's to do with import duty, and if I am in the car then apparently she is not using my foreign registered car in Swiss for herself to avoid paying import duty/taxes.

I think they said she could also pay taxes to use it for a limited time without importing it, but that all looked a bit complicated and was in German, and if my car is in Swiss then so am I so it's not really a problem, so we never investigated any further.
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Re: Driving License - HELLPPP - CH driving license in the UK

As others have mentioned above, it is perfectly OK to drive on a Swiss licence in the UK.

If moving to the UK, however, you can only drive on a Swiss licence for one year. After that, you need to convert it to a UK licence. If the driver's original test was not passed in a country which has a swap agreement for the UK (such as the US), then the UK driving test needs to be taken to continue driving past one year.

As for being insured to drive a private car in the UK, there are insurance companies who will do it - but you need to call them and enquire, not just fill in online enquiry forms. The online forms do not like any non-standard situations!
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Hi Saint, could you please define "illegal" as i am only aware of Art. 30 and Art. 35 Zollverordnung
which makes the whole deal a tax/customs issue.
Hi,

It comes from this:

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The temporary use of foreign private vehicles by persons resident in Switzerland is prohibited in principle. Concerning customs and road traffic legal notification obligations with regard to the use of foreign vehicles in Switzerland, experience shows that there is often uncertainty and confusion. There is even some false information being circulated in internet forums, for example. It is for this reason that we would like to provide information on the main principles.

People resident in Switzerland
In principle, people who are resident in Switzerland are not allowed to use a foreign vehicle registered abroad in Switzerland. This also applies to vehicles which relatives or acquaintances from abroad allow you to use occasionally, for example.

There are special regulations for instance for vehicles which are occasionally privately hired abroad and for foreign company cars.

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Driving License - HELLPPP - CH driving license in the UK

Thanks Saint - but letting the customs issue aside, could doing so invalidate the Insurance in case of an accident?

I am a bit confused Cran - it seems you have been here for at least 2 years, so how can you be driving a car in CH with UK plates? (with a location in Samoens/F) ???
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Thanks Saint - but letting the customs issue aside, could doing so invalidate the Insurance in case of an accident?
Hi Odile.

I'm not sure as it would be an issue from the insurance from the county the car is from and not a Swiss issue.

I guess it would depend if the vehicle was from a territory where the driver has to be named and is based on the person and not the car.. in that case I'd wager if there was an investigation in the event of a claim... perhaps
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