Driver's License in Switzerland

Foreigners on short-term visit may rent a car and drive with a valid foreign driver’s license for up to 6 months in Switzerland. 

All licenses issued in the European Union are accepted. 


Driver's licenses from non-EU countries (except Switzerland) are accepted if you have a visa in your passport and at the time of hire have not been in Europe for longer than 6 months. Longer than that, you need to get a driver's license from an EU country.

 

If your domestic driver's license is printed with non Roman Alphabet (Arabic, Japanese, Cyrillic etc), an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English is required when you drive in Switzerland. Please note that an International Driving Permit (often referred to as an International Driver's License) does not replace the requirement for a regular driver's license. And you must carry your current overseas driver’s license, IDP or translation with you all the time when driving in Switzerland.


To drive in Switzerland, the driver must present a valid national driver's licence that has been held for at least 1 or 2 years (according to differnent car hire company).

  

Tips


Some car rental companies require you to have a photo ID license. If your foreign licence does not have a photo ID, you should get an IDP before travelling to Switzerland if you intend to rent a car. UK drivers with the new-style photo card license will need both the paper counterpart and photo card. UK license holders who have a paper licence only will also need an official photo for identification when driving in Switzerland.

 

Age Requirement


To rent a car in Switzerland you must be at least 20 years old (age may vary by car category). Each car rental company has its own age requirements and a deviation from the minimum age is possible depending on the vehicle. If you're 20-25, you are likely to have to pay a young driver fee.

 

*Attention! Some car rental companies would have different requirements. Please check Terms and Conditions during the booking process.


All licenses issued in the European Union are accepted.


Driver's licences from non-EU countries (except Switzerland) are accepted if you have a visa in your passport and at the time of rental have not been in Europe for longer than 6 months. If your domestic driving licence is printed with non Roman Alphabet (Arabic, Japanese, Cyrillic etc), an International Driving Permit (IDP/IDL) or an official translation in English is required together with your driver's license when you drive in Switzerland.


To drive in Switzerland, the driver must present a valid national driver's license that has been held for at least 1 or 2 years (according to different car rental company)The minimum age to drive in Italy is 20 years old (age may vary by car category).


*Attention! Some car rental companies would have different requirements. Please check Terms and Conditions during the booking process.


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