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How fast to get Swiss License

Hello - I have a British Driving License and want to convert to Swiss one, but how long does the conversion process take? If I go to the license centre can I get everything done in one day (including getting issued with my license)?

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Hello - I have a British Driving License and want to convert to Swiss one, but how long does the conversion process take? If I go to the license centre can I get everything done in one day (including getting issued with my license)?

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No, it will take about a week. You get the new license in the mail.
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

Perfect - thanks
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

48 hours for me
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

One hour for me! Beat that!


Plus a couple of days to get all the papers in order but shhh...
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

GATA NEEDED A COUPLE OF DAYS ONLY FOR THE PAPERS!!
is that shhh enough for ya??

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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

Queued for about 10 minutes, and it was all done in about 15 mins. Sorted.... beat you Gata, nananana, lol
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

what we really want to know: how long to sort out the papers?


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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

Well, don't forget you will probably need an eye exam (my wife did to convert UK to CH) and I doubt they will issue it there and then. But you can still drive without the licence which will be posted to you, just make sure you have some evidence on you that you are converting the licence.
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

Just another point to add if you have a c1 category on your license and want to keep it you need an additional medical exam, no idea what that entails, waiting for the appointment to come through!
But could slow you down if your in a hurry
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

We went with the optician's certificate, photos and everything required, so it was all done there and then.
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

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We went with the optician's certificate, photos and everything required, so it was all done there and then.
Did you actually walk out with the Swiss licence? I think the OP wanted to know how long you had to wait all-in (including posting out the new card), but maybe they actually issued it there and then for you?
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

I think it will take more time , ma and my husband got ours by mail after about one week
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

I got mine in about a week.
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

In Lausanne, I went to the "contrôle des habitants" because they need to stamp the form confirming my address (1h), then to the optician (not ophtalmologist! they are much more expensive, you should pay about 20 francs at the optician's) where it took 20min, then I went to the driving office which is a bit far from the centre, gave my form, photo, residence permit, driving licence (UK photocard + paper counterpart). That took about 30min of queueing and the new swiss licence was immediately ready for collection. I'll get the 45 chf bill in the post they said.

So all in all, done in 1 morning. (Yesterday actually).
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Re: How fast to get Swiss License

It depends which office you go to - and probably which Canton you live in. We got the forms, filled them out, had an eye test at a local opticians & got the forms approved by the controle des habitants to confirm our residence information.
We first went to the local offices of the Service des Automobiles et de la navigation in Aigle. We were due to leave on holiday within a few days so they suggested we went to the main office in Lausanne because they could print the licenses immediately whereas Aigle would have to send everything to Lausanne for processing - we did so and got our liceneses within about 30 minutes.

To speed up the process we surrendered our right to a Category C licence - in the UK you used to get automatic right to drive up to 7.5 tonnes GVW with your car (cat B) licence. Here that is classed as a professional licence so you have to take a medical and get a police report of some kind - since we were in a hurry and have never used the category C we decided not to bother.
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