Renewing your driving licence in Switzerland?

If you live in Switzerland and your Dutch driving licence has expired, you cannot renew it. You must exchange your valid Dutch licence for a Swiss licence within 1 year of registering in Switzerland.

Exchanging your driving licence

Within 1 year after registering in Switzerland, you must exchange your valid Dutch driving licence for a Swiss licence. You can do this at the Strassenverkehrs- und Schiffahrtsamt (information in German, French and Italian) of your canton. You will not need to retake your driving test.

Please note, you can not exchange an expired Dutch driving license for a Swiss driving license, even with a “certificate of authenticity” issued by the RDW for your Dutch driving license.

Switzerland does not accept the certificate of authenticity (information in Dutch). In these cases you will have to take the driving test again in Switzerland. Information can be obtained from the relevant cantonal authorities in Switzerland.

Please note that the driver of a Swiss motor vehicle must be in possession of a driving license valid for Switzerland. An expired Dutch driving license, or one that has not yet been exchanged within those 12 months, is not. As a result, the driver is then uninsured.

Driving licence lost or stolen?

If your Dutch driving licence has been lost or stolen before you could exchange it, you must apply for a Swiss driving licence. You can do so at the Strassenverkehrs- und Schiffahrtsamt (information in German, French and Italian).

You can download a statement of loss (PDF, 75kb) (information in Dutch) and send it to the Road Transport Agency (RDW). This will prevent unauthorised use of your driving licence.