Getting a Swiss driver’s license

You are new in Geneva, have a foreign driver’s license, and don’t know that you must change it, this article is for you !

As you may know, you have one year to exchange your driver’s license for a Swiss one – and this is mandatory if you got a B permit.

For the Geneva’s area, you will also need to visit a licensed optician.

Everything is explained on Geneva’s cantonal office website, but if you don’t read French, you may want to understand the steps :

  • download, print and fill the form,
  • prepare your original driver’s license that you will have to exchange,
  • get a certificate from a licensed opitician – he will have to fill some parts of the form you downloaded, visit will cost a fixed price of 20CHF,
  • bring a color passport picture,
  • bring your residence permit.

Take a look at this image to see what you can easily fill, with some hints in blue. Section 4 have to be filled by the optician. I kindly advise you to discuss sections 2, 4 and 5 with him, as they are mostly about health.
Take everything mentioned before with you, and go personally to the driver’s licenses office :

Opening hours monday-friday 7h30-16h00
Localization Rte de Veyrier 86
1227 Carouge
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Bus Lines N°11 and 21
“Val d’Arve” stop
Phone +41 (0)22 388 30 30
Post address Case postale 1556
1227 Carouge
E-mail [email protected]

You will then get your Swiss driver’s license.