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Driver's license from Category B (foreign) to Category A limited (Swiss)

Hi everyone,

I've gone through a number of threads but I noticed my specific issue hasn't been addressed. I'm living in Geneva I have a foreign driver's license Category B for cars. However I come from a country where I have to do a practical test to transfer my license to a Swiss one.

The problem is I want to ride a motorcycle with Category A2. If I have a foreign category B licence, do I still get exemptions if I am getting a A2 motorcycle license? I'm hoping I don't have to start over with the first aid test and all the other hoops.

Also I thought about first transfering to a Swiss Category B licence and then getting and A2 license but I don't intend to drive a car so that seems like the longest route to get it done.

Just to point out as well, I have about two years worth of motorcycle driving experience, so learning how to ride isn't the problem here.
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Re: Driver's license from Category B (foreign) to Category A limited (Swiss)

This is my understanding.

I have a category B license. I automatically have A1, restricted to 45kph. By doing a course (no exam), I get a full A1 (125cc).

To get an A2 I have to drive for two years on an A1 license, and then do another course.
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Re: Driver's license from Category B (foreign) to Category A limited (Swiss)

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This is my understanding.
Your understanding couldn't be much further from actual reality.

What is known as A2 in Europe is known in Switzerland as A restricted or as A 35 kW.

Do get an A restricted learners permit there is no need to have any prior two wheeler knowledge or experience.

If one already has a Swiss driving license with cat B all has to be done, is to apply for a learners permit. Next step is to do the mandatory basic motorcycle training within 4 months with your own motorcycle (not needed if you have already 12 h Swiss basic motorcycle training).

In OPs case it would be best to first convert the foreign B to a Swiss B and than apply for the A restricted learners permit. W/o a Swiss B you would have indeed start with first aid, theory exam etc..

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I have a category B license. I automatically have A1, restricted to 45kph. By doing a course (no exam), I get a full A1 (125cc).
If you do have B you do not have automatically any two wheeler endorsement, safe for bicycle (which do not need any license) and motorized bicycles. The latter is is category M, and defined as: Two wheelers with a power of up to 1 kW, and non supported speed of 30 km/h. In case of an ICU a max displacement of 50 ccm is permitted, and in case of an electric motor pedal support up to 45 km/h.

If you have A1 (45 km/h) on your Swiss license, then this is due to your old age or because you had the European class AM on your foreign license.

You are however correct about A1. If one has cat B, it is as simple as getting learners permit and do all three parts of the 12h basic motorcycle training within 4 months.
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