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Is it possible to request to keep old car license (ZRH)

Hi, I will be changing my UK license shortly to a Swiss one. I read somewhere that they will keep your old one when exchanging new. For personal reasons I would much rather keep my old license (I don't care if its stamped on or whatever).

Is this possible to request? And if so, how?

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Old 05.07.2021, 10:44
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Re: Is it possible to request to keep old car license (ZRH)

In Vaud you get the old one back with a sticker on it saying something like "not valid for use in Switzerland".

It is probably the same thing in Zurich.

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Re: Is it possible to request to keep old car license (ZRH)

The normal practice is for them to return the license to the issuing authority. Other than Verbier above I've not heard of anyone retaining theirs.
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Old 05.07.2021, 10:57
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The normal practice is for them to return the license to the issuing authority. Other than Verbier above I've not heard of anyone retaining theirs.
I retained my US license.

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P.S. It's ZH. ZRH is the airport.
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Re: Is it possible to request to keep old car license (ZRH)

Just to provide some help to others that might want information, I reached out to the STVA and was told:

Gemäss dem Wiener Abkommen über den Strassenverkehr und der Schweizer Verkehrszulassungsverordnung (Art. 44 Abs. 4 VZV) müssen wir den Führerausweis nach dem Umtausch an die zuständige Behörde im Ausland zurück senden.


basically: no, you cannot.
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Old 06.07.2021, 10:13
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In Vaud you get the old one back with a sticker on it saying something like "not valid for use in Switzerland".

It is probably the same thing in Zurich.

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The normal practice is for them to return the license to the issuing authority. Other than Verbier above I've not heard of anyone retaining theirs.
It depends on the origin of the licence.

EU licences are sent back to the issuing authority, non-EU are handed back with the «not valid in Switzerland» sticker on them.
How they treat UK licences post Brexit I don’t know.
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Re: Is it possible to request to keep old car license (ZRH)

UK licenses get sent back to the DVLA, and you get de-registered from them.

I asked for a copy of my UK license from the DVLA, and was told that my UK license was no longer valid.
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It depends on the origin of the licence.

EU licences are sent back to the issuing authority, non-EU are handed back with the «not valid in Switzerland» sticker on them.
How they treat UK licences post Brexit I don’t know.
I also think it depends on the agreement the Swiss have with other governments. My non-EU licence was sent back home. But it was exchanged without a problem ... I had more difficulty switching my GE licence for a VD one ...
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