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The minimum age for obtaining a Swiss driving license is 18 for cars and two-wheeled vehicles of 50 cc or more and 14 for two-wheeled vehicles less than 50 cc. In the majority of cases, you can use your foreign license if you have one, but you must abide by certain conditions.
Validity of foreign driving licenses in Switzerland
Take note, however, that if you do not request a Swiss license within the first year, you will have to pass the Swiss driving test before you are authorized to drive.
Holders of an African (except South Africa), Asian (except Japan), Central and South American, Portuguese or Turkish license must pass a practical exam. If they fail the exam, they will be required to take the full exam, written included.
Required documents (EU or EFTA license):
You will receive your driving license a week later.
You must be 18 years of age to learn how to drive in Switzerland. The process
begins with a 10-hour first aid course in which you learn how to give assistance
to traffic accident victims. Then, you must follow eight hours of obligatory
theory (traffic-awareness course).
You are not required to take driving lessons with a professional instructor
to obtain your license, although it is recommended since the instructors know
exactly what the examiners expect... It's at your own risk. Bear in mind that
it will cost you approximately 75 Swiss francs an hour. There are extremely
well-organized guilds of driving school instructors, who are applying increasingly
restrictive measures to limit access to their profession and maintain their
rates. Moreover, constant pressure is placed on the government to raise driver
training standards for young drivers, in the name of road safety and to the
great benefit of driving school instructors. Some see in this a pathetic example
of a corporation who uses the "public good", as a means to
capture its own profitable market. So grin and bear it, but don't let them walk
all over you.
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