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Leaving Switzerland - Driving License

Quick question - just to be sure.

I am a UK citizen and will be returning end of the month. I have a Swiss driving license which I will obviously want to convert back to my UK one. When I got my Swiss license they returned my UK one back to the UK.

I guess I simply go back to the UK and from there apply for my UK license back? Can I do this online/postal?

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Re: Leaving Switzerland - Driving License

speaking with dvla is the best option and most current advice
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Old 19.08.2010, 13:27
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Re: Leaving Switzerland - Driving License

Got this from an email enquiry.

Thank you for your email received on 19/8/10. Your email reference number is 444237.
Great Britain also has a reciprocal exchange agreements with Gibraltar and 15 designated countries. If you are resident in GB and you have a full valid licence from Switzerland after passing a test in UK, you can drive small vehicles for 12 months from the time you became resident.

To ensure continuous driving entitlement your licence must be exchanged for a GB licence before this period elapses. If you do not do this you must stop driving, although you may apply to exchange your valid licence at any time within five years of becoming resident. DVLA will not exchange expired licences from designated countries.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland - Driving License

Hello,

I didn't want to start an other thread since this title is appropriate.

I have a Quebecois Driving license (which is independant of the Canadian one) Quebec has a special agreement which give me the right to hold both permit. I didn't have to give my Quebec one to get the Swiss one.

Now that we moved out of Switzerland, I still have both permit. To be able to drive in Spain, I had as a Canadian to take classes and tests. But because I hold a Swiss Driving License I don't have to do it. (Yeah!)

So here it comes:

In Quebec, you have to pay every year 80$ for your Driving permit. And every 4 years (if I remember well) you have to renew it (which cost more) It is a big pain in the behind indeed! And to pay that every year when I am not living there is just ridiculous.

So my question is: Is my Swiss Driving License is good for ever even if we are not in Switzerland anymore?

Could I possibly keep just that one and drive only with that one?

I'll ask Quebec if I can get out of this paiement since I am not there and don't need the ''insurance'' (the 80 ish $ is in part for insurance in case of accident. It is a social system)

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Re: Leaving Switzerland - Driving License

Afraid you'll need to exchange your Swiss licence for a Spanish one within a year of your arrival in Spain. Same rules as arriving in Switzerland.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland - Driving License

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Afraid you'll need to exchange your Swiss licence for a Spanish one within a year of your arrival in Spain. Same rules as arriving in Switzerland.
Nope,

I kept both (QC & CH) driving licenses in CH. Let's assume Spain wants my Swiss driving license, I'll get it back when and if we move out.
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