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If there any reason to change my my-God-you've-been-here-a-long-time-even-though-you're-foreign paper swiss driving licence for a platic EU style card ? Is there any circumstance where it is important to be machine readable or something ?

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Re: Driving Licecne Exchange Paper->Plastic

I HAD to change mine so i could hire a car, they told me they would not let me hire a car without an international licence
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If there any reason to change my my-God-you've-been-here-a-long-time-even-though-you're-foreign paper swiss driving licence for a platic EU style card ? Is there any circumstance where it is important to be machine readable or something ?

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I, too, am in this fossilized paper category. The paper license was accepted by car rentals in US, Greece, etc.

Advantage and disadvantage of paper: your address is on it. Advantage because some foreign authorities find it comforting. Disadvantage, when you change address, you must send it in for endorsement. Maybe you switch, when you next move.
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Re: Driving Licence Exchange Paper->Plastic

I too have a fossilised Swiss driving licence.. but with my old Lausanne address on it. If I send it in to the change the address, will they send me back a plastic one?
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Re: Driving Licence Exchange Paper->Plastic

Their "endorsement" consists of a rubber stamp saying "Address changed" and the date. Having moved several times, mine shows a collection of rubber stamps to confuse the enemy.

When you hire a car, it gets pretty tiresome, because they ignore your current address on the internet booking and insist on copying the address from your licence which is four house-warming parties out-of-date.

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I, too, am in this fossilized paper category. The paper license was accepted by car rentals in US, Greece, etc.

Advantage and disadvantage of paper: your address is on it. Advantage because some foreign authorities find it comforting. Disadvantage, when you change address, you must send it in for endorsement. Maybe you switch, when you next move.
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Re: Driving Licence Exchange Paper->Plastic

You can use the plastic one as ID in the US when you go out drinking.
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Re: Driving Licence Exchange Paper->Plastic

As I am clearly jail-bait, it will therefore come in very useful.

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Their "endorsement" consists of a rubber stamp saying "Address changed" and the date. Having moved several times, mine shows a collection of rubber stamps to confuse the enemy.

When you hire a car, it gets pretty tiresome, because they ignore your current address on the internet booking and insist on copying the address from your licence which is four house-warming parties out-of-date.

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Where do you hire your car from? I meant when i went to the UK i had problems with the old licence
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Re: Driving Licence Exchange Paper->Plastic

I've never had problems: Hertz/Budget/europcar/sixt(i)/alamo at ZRH/FRA/STN/FCH/LHR. Maybe its because I haven't aged...

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Where do you hire your car from? I meant when i went to the UK i had problems with the old licence
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I've never had problems: Hertz/Budget/europcar/sixt(i)/alamo at ZRH/FRA/STN/FCH/LHR. Maybe its because I haven't aged...

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Cheeky are you saying i have

Well i always had problems so i was told to get the plastic 1, now i have no problems
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I too have a fossilised Swiss driving licence.. but with my old Lausanne address on it. If I send it in to the change the address, will they send me back a plastic one?
If you want plastic, you must ask and pay for it!

Irrespective of plastic or paper, you must immediately inform your local road-transport-authority of your new address.
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Their "endorsement" consists of a rubber stamp saying "Address changed" and the date. Having moved several times, mine shows a collection of rubber stamps to confuse the enemy.

When you hire a car, it gets pretty tiresome, because they ignore your current address on the internet booking and insist on copying the address from your licence which is four house-warming parties out-of-date.

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A modern nomad needs plastic. Paper is for stay-at-home fossils.
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If there any reason to change my my-God-you've-been-here-a-long-time-even-though-you're-foreign paper swiss driving licence for a platic EU style card ? Is there any circumstance where it is important to be machine readable or something ?
Dave, hold on to the old licence!

It will soon be as reverred as that old, tatty, faded, full-of-holes numberplate that some so proudly display on their spanking new Mercedes.

Here in CH, licence plates, and now licences, are like red wine...
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