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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

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Wow... over a thousand replies... I have done my best searching in the thread and in other threads, if this has been solved before, please point me out in the right direction.

Husband leaving in Switzerland for almost 3 years. His german is not great.

He doesn't have a driving license and wants to have it. We are spanish and still with B permit. The shortcut says: go to Spain, do the exam there, and then pass it and convert it afterwards in Switzerland.

The obvious question is: are we allowed to? Or just because we live here for 3 years and have a B permit is he obliged to get the driving license here?

Thanks for any supporting answers.
Not sure, but I don't think it would be that easy. Iirc I've read somewhere here on the forum that you have to have held your driver's licence for 3 years (?) before you can convert without taking any tests.
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Old 01.02.2016, 09:03
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He doesn't have a driving license and wants to have it. We are spanish and still with B permit. The shortcut says: go to Spain, do the exam there, and then pass it and convert it afterwards in Switzerland.

The obvious question is: are we allowed to? Or just because we live here for 3 years and have a B permit is he obliged to get the driving license here?
No, it is not allowed, he must do it here.

If he makes it in Spain, it will NOT be valid in Switzerland.

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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Tom is correct.

The Swiss rule is that you MUST exchange your non-Swiss license for a Swiss license within 12 months of taking up residence in Switzerland.

I cannot see any way the Swiss authorities will now recognise a Spanish license, whatever the date.

I think your husband has to do the Swiss school.

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Tom is correct.

The Swiss rule is that you MUST exchange your non-Swiss license for a Swiss license within 12 months of taking up residence in Switzerland.

I cannot see any way the Swiss authorities will now recognise a Spanish license, whatever the date.

I think your husband has to do the Swiss school.

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Wrong, you must not drive in CH unless you have a CH licence after 1 year of CH residence.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Anyway even if time is not enough learning the minimum german just for the driving license should not take that long, it's maybe double the workload for the theory exam.
He will need someone to teach him what the examinator asks for, the driving teacher could do that. The driving teachers usually know the business and all the other driving teachers in the area, I would ask a TCS school for information etc. on how much german you really need, help with courses, etc.
They don't care that you know the language, just that you pass.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Could not find answer to this question: 3 year rule - at date of entry / registration in Switzerland or date when I go apply for the licence conversion?
I originally got my licence in 09.2012, moved to Switzerland in 05.2015 (<3 years), current date is 02.2016 (> 3 years).
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Old 15.02.2016, 16:39
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Date of conversion.

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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Most categories on my license convert one-to-one, but a few don't.

Category AM has a picture of a moped on UK license. There's no AM on the application form here. Wikipedia says
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Until 19 January 2013 this class was called "M" in Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Ireland and Norway.
so I'm wondering if it's category M here too. There is an M on the form, but it's towards the end, not with the two-wheeled categories at the start.

The other mystery category is shown as "fklnpq" on the UK license, and doesn't have a picture.

The other that's not one-to-one is A on the UK license. I'm guessing I tick both "A>25kW" and "A<=25kW" here.
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Old 25.02.2016, 13:34
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Most categories on my license convert one-to-one, but a few don't.

Category AM has a picture of a moped on UK license. There's no AM on the application form here. Wikipedia says


so I'm wondering if it's category M here too. There is an M on the form, but it's towards the end, not with the two-wheeled categories at the start.

The other mystery category is shown as "fklnpq" on the UK license, and doesn't have a picture.

The other that's not one-to-one is A on the UK license. I'm guessing I tick both "A>25kW" and "A<=25kW" here.


A is A>25kW. (In the end just a plain and simple A)
AM is A1 (max. 45/kmh)
A includes A1, B1 and Swiss F, M, G.
B includes B1 and Swiss F, M, and G.

http://www.fuehrerausweise.ch


https://www.gov.uk/driving-licence-categories


About: U.K. fklnpq those are U.K. specic things.
U.K. f is Swiss F.
U.K. k, no license needed in CH (Art. 5 VZV)
U.K. l, either no license or covered in any other category.
U.K. n, ???
U.K. p, Swiss A1 (max. 45/kmh)
U.K. q, is Swiss F.


No need to tick a lower class which is included in a higher class.
If you have U.K. AM only w/o A, tick A1.

PS: From April 1st 2016 A (<=25kW) becomes A (<=35kW).
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hey, got a question.

I was moving from Zurich back to my home country, got stopped at the Italian Border and they checked my whole car, because I had a couple grand, but still below their 10k limit, they figured I had more hidden in my bags. After that they found 4g of weed(don't ask what I was thinking, I guess I didn't at the time), still below their punishment limit, but because of that they took my Swiss driver's license, so the question is.. how to retrieve it ?
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

If the Italian border control/police have it you should be asking them. It's a bit early for a Friday post btw.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

If I understood correctly in their broken english / my half knowledge of the italian language, they sent it back to Switzerland.
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They've probably sent it back to the Zurich Strassenverkehrsamt (Road Traffic Office) then. Of course, whether you can get it back is another matter. May depend on what the Italians tell the Swiss and whether you've broken any Swiss laws. The cash/weed was in your car while you were driving in Switzerland after all.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hi all.

I typed a novel reply, switched to another app for 1 sec to come back to my novel and discover all is gone....No!!!!!!

So in short, my wife and I recently converted our South African (non-EU) drivers with no lessons and wanted to share given we are in the hindsight situation.

If you want to know about the procedure before the test, pointers for the test and post test. Please send me a message and I will gladly assist, via mail or phone.

If I find inspiration for my next novel I shall post it.....

Keep well and good luck.

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hi
do you still have the details for the driving school in Uster?
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

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I'm looking for information on UK driving license. I've converted my UK driving license to a Swiss one. I commute between both countries as I still have a home in the UK. I have a car over there as well. My daughter is at present insured on my car. I'm going to be in the UK for sometime now and want to get insured on my car. Do I tick UK license or EEA. I still live in the same address as was on my UK license. There is no column for Switzerland. Do anyone have any idea how to go about it.
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I'm looking for information on UK driving license. I've converted my UK driving license to a Swiss one. I commute between both countries as I still have a home in the UK. I have a car over there as well. My daughter is at present insured on my car. I'm going to be in the UK for sometime now and want to get insured on my car. Do I tick UK license or EEA. I still live in the same address as was on my UK license. There is no column for Switzerland. Do anyone have any idea how to go about it.
As no one on a random internet forum will know your specific insurance companys regulations it's best to ask them directly..... I guess

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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hi all,

I have a question:

I moved to Switzerland from a country that doesn't have a reciprocal arrangement with Switzerland so I had to do the whole thing from the very beginning (first aid, theory test, etc). My question is, I have the provisional licence and expecting to get permanent one by 2018 but the problem is I'll be moving to US next year. What is procedure in this case?

Thanks.
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Old 10.06.2016, 16:13
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I have a question:

I moved to Switzerland from a country that doesn't have a reciprocal arrangement with Switzerland so I had to do the whole thing from the very beginning (first aid, theory test, etc).
Wait what?
There are only two sets of countries: The countries (EU, EFTA, and some others) which can do an unconditional exchange, and the ones where you have to do a simple testdrive a.k.a Kontrollfahrt.

Either you fluked the Kontrollfahrt, or there was something else wrong with your license (fake, invalid, etc), or

Now to your situation. A) Check if the state you are moving to accepts your original license for exchange. B) Just try to exchange your Swiss provisional license (It should be valid for 3 to 12 months, check actual law of state you are moving to). C) Do the it again in the U.S.A. which is allegedly a piece of cake.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hi All
I have a valid Singapore driving Licence (manual car), and once I read on some websites that it is required to do practical test in order to get Swiss Licence. I asked around in my office, seems no one knows. So I went to a driving school in Zurich, they told me I have to do the practical test and advise to sign up some driving lessons with them to get farmilar with the Right-hand side traffic, to know Swiss traffic rules. I am on 4 lessons with them now.
Today I get to know this topic, it seems I am allowed to direct convert my singapore license to Swiss license without any test?
I check on Zurich Traffic department website, but I have zero in German, would anyone please help me with the correct link to Traffic department website at the Conversion section, where I can copy/paste info into Google translate!
I just want to check if I really need to do practical test or wrong info given from the driving. Center.

Thanks very much
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