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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hi
Did u go to driving authority strassenverkehrsamt in zurich city.

Strassenverkehrsamt Kanton Zürich
Zürich-Albisgütli
Uetlibergstrasse 301
Postfach 8479
8036 Zürich

Thy will tell u exactly what u shd do.
If u r citizen of sgp thn mayb thy will ailow u to do it without test
For expats all hv to gv th test

Hope th above answers ur questioN.

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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
More info can be found here: http://www.expatica.com/ch/moving-to...nd_102892.html

Singaporean licence holders must take the practical test before they can exchange their licence to a Swiss one.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Looks like Singaporeans are exempted from retaking the test:

http://www.stva.zh.ch/internet/siche...AUSL201607.pdf

To get your SG licence converted, bring completed form, get a vision test report and coloured passport photo.

For further details, click here. Good luck.

p.s. An eye exam at Fielmann is fast and cheap (about Fr15 or less).
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Thanks all for reply!
I doubt the information on Expatica.com because it eve listed USA required a practical test which may not be right. I think the best is going to Traffic department in Zurich to check it out.
Dear JollyHappyGal, both links on your post are not working, but thanks for inputs.
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

I just checked the websites and they are undergoing web maintenance from 08:00 to 12:00. I posted at 07:42 so made it just before they shut down temporarily.

FYI, check out the car-sharing program, Mobility cars. It's a great program if you don't drive daily, but still need a car every now and then.

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2 questions.

First, this thread is over 70 pages long. TL;DR.
Is it possible to break out new threads for each country of origin?

Second. When exchanging my American driving license for a Swiss one, do the Swiss authorities do a real time check on the status of the American license? I have heard the only look at the card in my possession. Is this true?

Apparently, before I left the states, I got photographed by a roadside government cash machine - ahem - speed measuring camera. You know, the little spy camera that somehow improves public safety... This was over a year ago. I just learned about it now.

My Washington state drivers license is now suspended. I am eligible to have it re-instated if I pay the old speeding ticket, late fees, plus a $95 "re-issue" fee.

While this is basically extortion, I would pay up just to be done with the problem. However...

Here's the rub. To get a Washington license re-instated, one must physically appear at the licensing office in Washington State! Also one must prove a local residential address and wait 2 weeks to get the official card in the mail. Did I mention I moved to Switzerland almost a year ago?

I don't have an extra $1500 lying around for a plane ticket just to clear a damn paperwork problem.
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2 questions.

First, this thread is over 70 pages long. TL;DR.
Is it possible to break out new threads for each country of origin?
Why? The rules are simple.
1) You can drive on your old license for up to 12 months in Switzerland. After that your license is void to drive in Switzerland and also in all the countries where you need a license which is valid in your country of residence.

2) If you have a license from one of the happy countries you can just swap it into a Swiss license. Fill in the relevant form, get a picture, get a sight test from an optician shop, hand in the form at the SAN/StVA with your old license. Done. (Do not forget to pay the bill)

The happy countries are:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, USA.

Your license will be sent back to the issuing state if it is from an EU or EEA country. Otherwise you will get it back with a sticker that it is no longer valid in Switzerland.

If you do not have a license from any of the above countries you will have to do the test drive (Kontrollfahrt).
Procedure: Fill in the relevant form, get a picture, get a sight test from an optician shop, hand in the form at the SAN/StVA with your old license, get invited for the Kontrollfahrt, pass it. Done (Do not forget to pay the bill)
If you botch it you have to start from the scratch do get a Swiss license. Means First Aid course, Theory Exam, Road Awareness Course, Parctical Exam, 3 years provisional license (BAC of 0.01% only and two safety/economic driving course, no major traffic infractions). If you botch the provisional period you can start over from scratch.

http://www.astra2.admin.ch/media/pdf...-15_2591_d.pdf

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Second. When exchanging my American driving license for a Swiss one, do the Swiss authorities do a real time check on the status of the American license? I have heard the only look at the card in my possession. Is this true?
Maybe true. Maybe they check. Try your luck, but do not be surprised when they do not convert as you technically you have not a valid license and only valid licenses can be converted. Also, you should not be driving with it as it is not valid.

PS: The white rectangular signs with the numbers how fast you can go are now round, have a red border and the number is meant to be km/h in main land Europe and mph on the British isles.

Also read:
Traffic Offences - Q & A Bullet points
Serious Speeding - the law, the fines.
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2 questions.

First, this thread is over 70 pages long. TL;DR.
Is it possible to break out new threads for each country of origin?
Yes, absolutely. I'm a moderator here on EF so I can do this for you. Please PM me a list of all of the posts in this thread, sorted by country of origin. I guess we'd need a separate thread for licence conversion questions that aren't country-specific. Probably the best way to do this would be for you to create an Excel table to sort the content.

I will take it from there.

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Second. When exchanging my American driving license for a Swiss one, do the Swiss authorities do a real time check on the status of the American license? I have heard the only look at the card in my possession. Is this true?

Apparently, before I left the states, I got photographed by a roadside government cash machine - ahem - speed measuring camera. You know, the little spy camera that somehow improves public safety... This was over a year ago. I just learned about it now.

My Washington state drivers license is now suspended. I am eligible to have it re-instated if I pay the old speeding ticket, late fees, plus a $95 "re-issue" fee.

While this is basically extortion, I would pay up just to be done with the problem. However...

Here's the rub. To get a Washington license re-instated, one must physically appear at the licensing office in Washington State! Also one must prove a local residential address and wait 2 weeks to get the official card in the mail. Did I mention I moved to Switzerland almost a year ago?

I don't have an extra $1500 lying around for a plane ticket just to clear a damn paperwork problem.
I don't see why you'd be concerned. You've been living here for a year, so how could you possibly know anything about any changes to the status of your licence? I would just roll up to the StVA and hand over my US licence with an expectant smile and an outstretched credit card-bearing hand. It's highly unlikely that they'd check with the US and even if they did, you won't lose anything more than you would if you were to tell them that your licence is suspended.
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Why? The rules are simple.
1) You can drive on your old license for up to 12 months in Switzerland. After that your license is void to drive in Switzerland and also in all the countries where you need a license which is valid in your country of residence.

2) If you have a license from one of the happy countries you can just swap it into a Swiss license. Fill in the relevant form, get a picture, get a sight test from an optician shop, hand in the form at the SAN/StVA with your old license. Done. (Do not forget to pay the bill)

The happy countries are:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, USA.

Your license will be sent back to the issuing state if it is from an EU or EEA country. Otherwise you will get it back with a sticker that it is no longer valid in Switzerland.

If you do not have a license from any of the above countries you will have to do the test drive (Kontrollfahrt).
Procedure: Fill in the relevant form, get a picture, get a sight test from an optician shop, hand in the form at the SAN/StVA with your old license, get invited for the Kontrollfahrt, pass it. Done (Do not forget to pay the bill)
If you botch it you have to start from the scratch do get a Swiss license. Means First Aid course, Theory Exam, Road Awareness Course, Parctical Exam, 3 years provisional license (BAC of 0.01% only and two safety/economic driving course, no major traffic infractions). If you botch the provisional period you can start over from scratch.

http://www.astra2.admin.ch/media/pdf...-15_2591_d.pdf



Maybe true. Maybe they check. Try your luck, but do not be surprised when they do not convert as you technically you have not a valid license and only valid licenses can be converted. Also, you should not be driving with it as it is not valid.

PS: The white rectangular signs with the numbers how fast you can go are now round, have a red border and the number is meant to be km/h in main land Europe and mph on the British isles.

Also read:
Traffic Offences - Q & A Bullet points
Serious Speeding - the law, the fines.
Thank you for this. I did google and read enough on my own to get the procedure and list of happy countries. Nice to see it all in one post.
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Yes, absolutely. I'm a moderator here on EF so I can do this for you. Please PM me a list of all of the posts in this thread, sorted by country of origin. I guess we'd need a separate thread for licence conversion questions that aren't country-specific. Probably the best way to do this would be for you to create an Excel table to sort the content.

I will take it from there.


I don't see why you'd be concerned. You've been living here for a year, so how could you possibly know anything about any changes to the status of your licence? I would just roll up to the StVA and hand over my US licence with an expectant smile and an outstretched credit card-bearing hand. It's highly unlikely that they'd check with the US and even if they did, you won't lose anything more than you would if you were to tell them that your licence is suspended.
I assumed EF was so big you already had some form of SQL and a database admin that can write spectacular queries.

Agreed on the rest. An outstretched credit card-bearing hand seems to go a long way here...
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hi All,

I have a question concerning Kontrollfahrt...are Mobility vehicles allowed to be used for this driving test or the vehicle used must be from a driving instructor?

I am actually checking this on behalf of my boss who has his Kontrollfahrt scheduled on 23 March 2017. But somehow, he got ditched by his driving instructor and now, he's left with no vehicle for the test. To make matters worst, he is away until 2 days before the test and several driving instructors I have approached refused to take up his case as they do not know how his driving style is. He wanted to use my car but my insurance does not cover him or the usage of the vehicle for such purpose and I have no clues on the Kontrollfahrt since I come from one of the "happy countries"

I would greatly appreciate your advices or anyone that has a driving instructor to recommend. The location is Zug.

Thanks a million!
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Mobility cars can be used.
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That's great! Thank you so much
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Hello
I need help. Can someone thell em where I can do a theory test in English in Zurich? I look over on the internet but have not been able to properly find a place.
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I need help. Can someone thell em where I can do a theory test in English in Zurich? I look over on the internet but have not been able to properly find a place.
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You can only do the theory test at your respective Canton Verkehrsamt and in Zürich, they do offer the English option. My colleague just did her test in December last year and she confirmed that you can just select the English option at the start of the test. However, all application and corresponding letters from the Verkehrsamt is in German.

You can also check on this link https://www.ch.ch/en/driving-theory-test/ which shows which Cantons offer theory tests in English. Hope this helps
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Re: [Drivers licence] Conversion and questions

Dear All

I tried reading through the post but couldn't find concrete answer to my question. Hoping somebody could help me with my question.

I've had my EU drivers licence for less than a year before moving to Switzerland. Do I need to sit for any tests? if yes which one and how much would it costs.

Thanks!
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I tried reading through the post but couldn't find concrete answer to my question. Hoping somebody could help me with my question.

I've had my EU drivers licence for less than a year before moving to Switzerland. Do I need to sit for any tests? if yes which one and how much would it costs.

Thanks!
No test. But you will have to do two driving awareness courses (there is no fail or test) within the next two years after getting the Swiss license. Additionally your BAC cannot be more than 0.01%

It is all mentioned in the other thread:
[Drivers licence] Conversion and questions, Mark II
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