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Old 07.03.2019, 19:26
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I went to the canton transportation office. They told me "wait I have to talk to my manager, holdon.........." then they said they will not accept expired licences.
Even not when you have a driving record extract which shows the categories you would get?

Hard to believe, because the Swiss themselves will not issue a new driving license in case your residency is abroad but just a driving record extract as well. See Art. 24h Abs. 2 VZV https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...247/index.html

Unfortunately this exact situation is not mentioned in the ASA 1 https://asa.ch/wp-content/uploads/we...ndex.html#p=19, or the the relevant ordinance.
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Old 07.03.2019, 19:29
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Second best, if your second (valid) licence is accepted here, would be to return to the other country where you hold the valid licence, add the motorcycle endorsement there (assuming it's relatively cheap and easy to do so), then present your shiny new all-encompassing licence to the Swiss authorities with a smile and a few francs.
Do not know about other countries driving license. But usually they show when you acquired a new category. If got the category while being a Swiss resident it will not be converted.

But adding A when you have already B (and vice versa) is much cheaper and simpler.
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Old 07.03.2019, 21:18
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Swiss license from scratch is a very costly and very long process.
Only if you are an idiot.

My daughter failed the written three times, but passed the practical for car and unlimited motorbikes, in two different cantons, on the first try.

She had maybe 6 paid lessons, plus the courses and a patient father.

(her husband failed on his bike at the same test at the same time for riding too slowly! )

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and a patient father

This is the problem for most of the Auslšnders here... we don't have much of a social circle especially during the early years. Asking someone to regularly "drive with us" is nearly impossible so we have to go the paid-profi route. Tom, if you convert the hours you drove with your daughter into "paid" lessons, I'm sure that would be a tidy sum.
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I concur, option 1 or 2 would be by far the easiest and cheapest options.

The whole driving thing here is eye watering expensive. It cost a fortune for my son to get his licence and he did 90% of his driving practice with me so not many lessons with the instructor.
OK so here is an update.

If you recall I had 3 options:
1. Get on a plane, renew licence 1, wait for it to come in the post, send it in to be transferred.
2. Find out if licence 2 can be translated and converted, if so, get it done
3. Apply for a new swiss licence, pass a couple tests


#1 is very complicated as I no longer have a valid visa for that country. (Yes I tried to renew my licence before I left, but they said you can't renew it yet because it hasn't expired yet...)

#2 is not very ideal either. I got the licence translated, but the canton said because it is not EU, I will still have to pass the practical test. Although I can skip the theory test.

I've already done the eye test.

How long does the rest take? Booking/passing the practical test.
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#2 is not very ideal either. I got the licence translated, but the canton said because it is not EU, I will still have to pass the practical test. Although I can skip the theory test.
For converting license from a "non-happy country" you will have to do a short test drive of less than 30 minutes and not a full practical test! Big difference.
If you botch it you are at the same spot as before: The full procedure to get the license.

I honestly do not understand why one would not try at least that. Simpler, faster, cheaper.

Considering the form to apply for a learners permit and exchange of a foreign driving license is the same in canton LU, you din't even waste money on the sight test.
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For converting license from a "non-happy country" you will have to do a short test drive of less than 30 minutes and not a full practical test! Big difference.
If you botch it you are at the same spot as before: The full procedure to get the license.

I honestly do not understand why one would not try at least that. Simpler, faster, cheaper.

Considering the form to apply for a learners permit and exchange of a foreign driving license is the same in canton LU, you din't even waste money on the sight test.
I did not know about this easier option. I do now, thanks to the nice people here.

I am still interested in knowing how long it will take to get it though.
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