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|If you have owned a vehicle:||for more than 6 months before moving to Switzerland||for less than 6 months before moving to Switzerland|
|Customs clearance||You may import your car using the same certificate as needed for your personal effects.||If your car is considered to be new, it cannot be declared as personal property.|
|Charges||You will not have to pay any import duties or VAT if you do not sell your car during the first 12 months in Switzerland.||Import duties and charges
|Registration deadline||12 months||1 month|
|You can find more information on importing motor vehicles into Switzerland on the website of Swiss Customs.
Road Traffic Licensing Department of your canton of residence.
You can find the addresses of the cantonal Road Traffic Licensing Departments on the website of the Association of Swiss Road Traffic Licensing Departments (asa) (not available in English).
Until this period has expired, you are allowed to drive your car with the foreign number plates so long as the registration documents and insurance policies are valid.
If you have any questions or for special cases, please contact the Road Traffic Licensing Department of your canton.
How to proceed
|Documents||Where can I obtain them?|
|Inspection report (form 13.20 A for new cars and form 13.20 B for used cars)||This will be issued by customs or is available from your garage|
|Confirmation of liability insurance||Available from a Swiss insurance company|
|Anti-pollution booklet||Available from a garage that services your make of vehicle|
|Proof of foreign registration||Original copies of the foreign documents, e.g. registration certificate V5C (UK)|
|Inspection report 13.20 B for used cars||Available at the Road Traffic Licensing Department of your canton|
|Confirmation of customs clearance (receipt)||Issued by customs|
|Technical data of the vehicle||e.g. maintenance booklet|
|Residence permit (original)|
|Confirmation of compliance with European standards. If not available, you need to present:
|Confirmation that the first invoice from the Road Traffic Licensing Department has been paid (post confirmation receipt)||Payment slip from the Road Traffic Licensing Department|
All vehicles registered in Switzerland must have liability insurance.
The different coverage types for vehicle insurance
There are 4 different degrees of coverage in Switzerland (liability insurance, partial coverage insurance, collision insurance or comprehensive insurance, passenger accident insurance). All types of coverage are optional apart from liability insurance. Liability insurance and comprehensive insurance cover only the vehicle and not its owner. This means that claims are covered no matter who drove the car in the event of damage.
Liability insurance: Liability insurance is mandatory and regulated by law. It covers damage to persons and objects inflicted with the vehicle by a third party with the vehicle. In the area of liability insurance, almost all insurance companies offer the same benefits. So it is well worth comparing premiums.
Partial coverage insurance: This kind of insurance is optional and covers a whole range of risks, which may be combined in various ways, depending on the insurance company: theft, natural hazards, fire, vandalism, marten damage, roadkill and glass breakage
Collision insurance This is optional and covers self-inflicted damage to one's own car. It is a supplement to partial coverage insurance and is usually not possible to buy separately.
Some insurance companies call a combination of partial coverage and collision insurance comprehensive insurance.
Passenger accident insurance: This kind of insurance is optional and covers damage to the driver or passengers (medical expenses, sickness allowance in case of a hospital stay or inability to work). It can be taken out separately for the driver, co-driver or all passengers.
This coverage is superfluous if the passengers are insured against accidents either with a health insurance company or through their employer.
Car insurance premiums
Car insurance premiums vary significantly from one provider to another – comparing pays off. Find the most favourable car insurance best suited to your needs quickly and easily and request a quote: Compare car insurance premiums.
Your foreign driving licence is valid for 12 months following your arrival. During this period, you can exchange your foreign licence for a Swiss licence at the cantonal Road Traffic Licensing Department or the Residents' Registration Office. After this period has expired, you are no longer allowed to drive a vehicle in Switzerland with your foreign licence, but you can still have the document transferred. If you wish to transfer your foreign licence after more than a total of five years, you will need to pass a driving test.
If you have any questions, please contact the Road Traffic Licensing Department of your canton.
Driving in Switzerland