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You are only temporarily able to drive in Switzerland on your old driving licence. This must be exchanged for a Swiss driving licence within one year. You can find out here where you can do this, what you need in order to get your new license and how much the exchange will cost.
You are permitted to drive in Switzerland on your old driving licence for 12 months. You have a maximum of one year from your arrival date in Switzerland, which is recorded in your residence permit, to exchange your licence for a Swiss licence. The Road Traffic Office in your local municipality (in German, French and Italian only) is responsible here.
Should you continue to drive with your old driving licence on Swiss roads after this deadline expires, you will be deemed to be driving without a valid licence. This can have consequences: depending on the canton, you may, for example, be required to complete a test drive with an expert.
Good to know:
You are unfortunately unable to keep your old driving licence. It is returned to the issuing authority in your home country. To be safe, we advise that you therefore make a copy – even though the Swiss authorities register your data.
To exchange your driving licence, you must personally present the following documents at the Road Traffic Office:
The changeover process is subject to a fee. Depending on your canton, this will range between CHF 80 and CHF 140.