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Old 17.07.2020, 19:14
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Exchanging Swiss driving license to Canadian one, what happens to the Swiss one?

Any one with experience on changing Swiss driving license (DL) to a Canadian one (Ontario) in Canada?

I would like to know what would happen to the Swiss DL once you get a Canadian one? Retained by the driver or taken and sent back to Switzerland?

According to this thread, in Switzerland the owner of an US DL would retain the license but with a stamp "not valid in Switzerland", while the owner of an EU-issued DL will have the original license sent to the issuing country.

So I was wondering what is the case for a Swiss DL in Canada.
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Old 17.07.2020, 21:56
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Re: Exchanging Swiss driving license to Canadian one, what happens to the Swiss one?

This page details the process, but it's not 100% clear what happens to your Swiss license:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/exchange...rivers-licence

This thread on a Brit expat forum seems to indicate you must surrender your Swiss license because the Canadians don't allow you to have two licenses:
https://britishexpats.com/forum/cana...io-one-905837/

and a news article about two licenses:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/glob...ticle25730125/
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Re: Exchanging Swiss driving license to Canadian one, what happens to the Swiss one?

I think that would be the case anywhere where they have a demerit point system on driverís licenses. It will be invalidated, or taken from you and possibly returned to the country of issue, as a courtesy, or simply destroyed.
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Re: Exchanging Swiss driving license to Canadian one, what happens to the Swiss one?

Many years ago, when I first arrived here, the Swiss took my British driving licence and sent it to the British consulate. They kindly phoned me and invited me to collect it as they didn't know what to do with it.
Ah those were the days.
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This page details the process, but it's not 100% clear what happens to your Swiss license:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/exchange...rivers-licence

This thread on a Brit expat forum seems to indicate you must surrender your Swiss license because the Canadians don't allow you to have two licenses:
https://britishexpats.com/forum/cana...io-one-905837/

and a news article about two licenses:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/glob...ticle25730125/

Thank you for the links, I was aware of the exchange process but yes it does not make it clear what happens to the surrendered license.


However, judging by the information on the expat forum (interesting forum btw, thanks) and assuming that a Swiss license would be treated similarly to a UK license, it seems like it will probably be sent back to the OCN in Switzerland.
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Thank you for the links, I was aware of the exchange process but yes it does not make it clear what happens to the surrendered license.

However, judging by the information on the expat forum (interesting forum btw, thanks) and assuming that a Swiss license would be treated similarly to a UK license, it seems like it will probably be sent back to the OCN in Switzerland.
If you really want to keep the Swiss one, you could do the Canadian test from scratch. You'd end up with a provisional license but you could still drive.

Or, try what a friend of mine tried in the USA. Tell them that your Swiss license is also your Swiss ID so you need to keep it for that reason. In the States, your license IS your ID for daily purposes, so they swallowed it without question. I don't know if Canada works the same way for ID.
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If you really want to keep the Swiss one, you could do the Canadian test from scratch. You'd end up with a provisional license but you could still drive.

Or, try what a friend of mine tried in the USA. Tell them that your Swiss license is also your Swiss ID so you need to keep it for that reason. In the States, your license IS your ID for daily purposes, so they swallowed it without question. I don't know if Canada works the same way for ID.
They have this. https://connectability.ca/2013/01/21...io-photo-card/
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