Are you a holder of a foreign license (Swiss residents only) and wish to exchange it for a Swiss license? You have a maximum of one year.

 

Regulation

Here is the procedure for exchanging your driving license:

  1. Fill out and print an application to exchange a foreign driving license(you can also pick it up directly at our driving school in Renens.)
  2. Pass an eye examination (« examen de la vue »). You can do it in any eyeglasses shop.
  3. Go to the SAN offices in Lausanne Blécherette and submit your application.

You then have a period of 4 months to pass a « contrôle », which is an adapted version of the practical part of the driving exam.

The rest of the procedure differs depending on the country in which you obtained your license and the categories in your possession.

3 cases:

1st case: Your license was obtained in one of the following 30 countries:

Allemagne Finlande Lettonie Portugal
Autriche France Liechtenstein Roumanie
Belgique Grande-Bretagne Lituanie Slovaquie
Bulgarie Grèce Luxembourg Slovénie
Chypre Hongrie Malte Suède
Danemark Irlande Norvège Rép. Tchèque
Espagne Islande Pays-Bas
Estonie Italie Pologne
  • If you do not have any professional category (only category A, A1, B, B1), a Swiss driving license will be issued, you will receive it at home by post.
  • In case you have one or more other categories (C, C1, D, D1 or TPP (taxi)) a medical examination is necessary before the Swiss driving license is issued.

2nd case: Your license was obtained in one of the 15 countries:

Andorre Croatie Monaco Tunisie
Australie Israël Nouvelle-Zélande États-Unis
Canada Japon Saint-Marin Singapour
Corée du Sud Corée du Nord Maroc
  • If you do not have any professional category (only category A, A1, B, B1), a Swiss driving license will be issued, you will receive it at home by post.
  • In case you have one or more other categories (C, C1, D, D1 or TPP (taxi)) a medical examination and a complementary theory test are required to obtain a Swiss driving license.

3rd case: Your license has been obtained in another state

(Ex:  Brésil, Inde, Argentine, Iran, etc…):

  • If you do not have any professional category, you must pass a test. Subsequently, your Swiss license is issued.
  • In case you have one or more other categories (C, C1, D, D1 or TPP (taxi)) a medical examination, a complementary theory test and a practical test are necessary to obtain a driving license Swiss.

In case of failure, it will be made a prohibition to make use of your foreign driver’s license. You must then follow the normal route of obtaining the permit according to this procedure.