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Old 19.02.2021, 18:37
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Importing & adding a motorcycle on the same license plate as my car

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I have bought a Car in Switzerland, now I wish to import the motorcycle I've owned for several years in the EU, as part of my 1 year household, and then add the motorcycle so I can use the same license plate on either the car or the motorcycle.

1. After the motorcycle gets transported to my door, can I go with the paperwork from the EU and proof of ownership in the last years, or do I have to do this before the motorcycle reaches me? I was thinking if this can be done a few days later, I could also have the forms 18.44 & 13.20B ready by then.

2. The current rear license plate is the long, normal one for the car, is it possible to get a compact one suitable for a motorcycle? If I go to the Strassenverkehrsamt and ask for a copy of the same license plate I have for the car, suitable for the motorcycle, can I get this or I can only have one rear license plate type at a time?

3. Can I use the same insurance for both vehicles? This is because I won't ride in Winter anyway, unsure if it has to be a number of months or not.

4. During the registration, as I understand I can go straight to the MFK if I can prove I have an appointment in that day, but what about if I have to go to a service do some minor service checks before that so I am fully prepared for the MFK?

5. Anything else I should know of that I haven't mentioned?

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Hi,

I have bought a Car in Switzerland, now I wish to import the motorcycle I've owned for several years in the EU, as part of my 1 year household, and then add the motorcycle so I can use the same license plate on either the car or the motorcycle.
Sadly you cannot have both a car and a motorbike on the same plates, so that's a no to the insurance as well.
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Old 19.02.2021, 19:40
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Re: Importing & adding a motorcycle on the same license plate as my car

You can not put a car and a motorcycle on the same plate. First, they have different plate formats, second it is two independent number schemes.

Also if you have two cars on the same plate it will be truly the same plate. They will not issue a long and a short one.


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1. After the motorcycle gets transported to my door, can I go with the paperwork from the EU and proof of ownership in the last years, or do I have to do this before the motorcycle reaches me? I was thinking if this can be done a few days later, I could also have the forms 18.44 & 13.20B ready by then.
I am not sure what you are talking about. There are two separate and independent processes.

One is the import which has to be done when the goods cross the border (can be delayed for up to two days using Vormerkschein 15.25). The import is customs related and ends with a form 13.20 which shows that the vehicle has cleared customs and duty and tax (if applicable) have been paid. This is the part where you need to show that you had the vehicle for at least 6 months prior your move to Switzerland. Especially if the vehicle was not listed on your form 18.44.
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...itzerland.html

The second part is registering the car and getting the plates. At that stage nobody cares how long you had the vehicle. This is handled by your resident cantons SAN/StVA. It is "optional" and can be done any time after the import. You will need form 13.20. It is optional in the sense that registration and license plate are not needed if you park the vehicle on private property and never use it on public roads. As you have been a Swiss resident for more than 1 year you are allowed to drive the freshly imported vehicle for up to one month after the import on foreign plates. It however must be insured and in road worthy condition. After that you must have Swiss plates to drive it on the Swiss roads. There is one exception: You might be allowed to drive the vehicle to the inspection place (but not to a mechanic !). You will need an active insurance quote for this (in some cantons you might need temp plates).
The StVA from canton Zurich has a nice overview of the process (in German). It lists all of the documents needed and in general applies to other cantons as well.
https://www.zh.ch/de/mobilitaet/fahr...html#551630514
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