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Buying a car before I get my permit?

Iíve just moved to Switzerland a few days ago and am in my temporary housing in Geneva until I move to Vaud in September.

Apparently, my real work permit (EU, B) will appear only 1.5 months after I have my physical examination?

I wonder if I can buy a car right now? I reserved a model Y and to my great surprise and delight I can pick it up at the end of the month but I donít know if I can actually legally do this?

Iím also wondering about me being in GE and a few weeks later Iíll be in VD, does that mean changing plates again?
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Iíve just moved to Switzerland a few days ago and am in my temporary housing in Geneva until I move to Vaud in September.

Apparently, my real work permit (EU, B) will appear only 1.5 months after I have my physical examination?

I wonder if I can buy a car right now? I reserved a model Y and to my great surprise and delight I can pick it up at the end of the month but I donít know if I can actually legally do this?

Iím also wondering about me being in GE and a few weeks later Iíll be in VD, does that mean changing plates again?
If you have registered & have proof, it's possible they will process the plates.

You will have to pay to change plates if you move canton, you will also have to pay to change your permit.
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Re: Buying a car before I get my permit?

Ask the dealer to register the car in VD. Do you know your VD address? That will help.

I bought a car in Lucerne not so long ago, they did all the VD paperwork and put my old plates when I picked it up.
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Re: Buying a car before I get my permit?

You can buy and register a car in your name, even if you don't have a driving license. You just can't drive it till you do!
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Re: Buying a car before I get my permit?

Thank you all for your responses. I got an attestation of pending residence permit when I went for the biometry (CHF 25) and that allows me to do anything.

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Ask the dealer to register the car in VD. Do you know your VD address? That will help.

I bought a car in Lucerne not so long ago, they did all the VD paperwork and put my old plates when I picked it up.
I asked Tesla but they said they couldn't do that since I'm not officially in VD yet. They did say that the move is easily done at the Automobile Office. Ah well.
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You can buy and register a car in your name, even if you don't have a driving license. You just can't drive it till you do!
I do have a driving license, I'm just not fully officially in .ch yet
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Apparently, my real work permit (EU, B) will appear only 1.5 months after I have my physical examination?
What physical examination?
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What physical examination?
Are they still doing x-rays for TB? I had one, but that was 1985.
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Are they still doing x-rays for TB? I had one, but that was 1985.
It turns out I just had to sit in a booth while they took my picture. This was called a biometric appointment 🤷

Anyway, the good news is that I did manage to get my lovely car thanks to the attestation. I couldn't get them to register it in VD, I'll have to do that myself in 2 weeks. Ah well.
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