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The driving license exchange course is ideal for anyone holding a foreign automatic or manual driving license, and wishing to become acquainted with driving regulations in Switzerland in order to obtain a Swiss driving license. Our experienced instructors (+ 10 years’ experience) at the Auto-Ecole Lémanique offer these practical lessons in Geneva and the Lake Geneva region from Monday to Sunday.

Price of Lessons

Course information - Exchange courses

What does the driving license exchange course consist in?

Do you need to exchange your foreign driving license for a Swiss one? Our driving school in Geneva offers driving lessons for manual and automatic vehicles. Our 50-minute lessons are tailor-made to suit your needs. This course will help you identify and improve your strengths and weaknesses, and get to know Swiss traffic rules. You will also have the opportunity to improve your manoeuvring skills, while discovering the city of Geneva and its surroundings.

This course is not mandatory. However, it is strongly recommended if you want to prepare for the practical test. Foreign driving licenses are valid in Switzerland but only for a maximum period of 12 months.

Switzerland has mutual recognition agreements with several countries.

With the help of one of our professional instructors of the Auto-Ecole Lémanique (10+ years’ experience), you will be put under practical test conditions in a comfortable vehicle. Driving lessons are set at your convenience regarding hours, routes and locations from Monday-Saturday: 8AM to 10 PM. 

In addition, we will assist you when you exchange your driving license, and will gladly accompany you to the Geneva Automobile Office if you need to take your practical driving test. Our goal is to make sure that you love driving in Switzerland, and have no problem whatsoever to get your Swiss driving license.

Who is the driving license exchange course for?

The driving license exchange course offered by the Auto-Ecole Lémanique is intended for all foreign persons * over 18, who are settling in Switzerland for a period of more than 12 months, and already hold a manual or automatic driving license.

* The driving license exchange depends on the country in which you obtained your driving license. The following countries are not subjected to the Swiss Mandatory Permit Exchange Act: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep.,  Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States. 

What are the objectives of the driving license exchange course?

The driving license exchange course offered by the Auto-Ecole Lémanique in Geneva is mainly focused on driving and getting to know Swiss traffic rules. The instructor will ensure that you’re driving meets the criteria on which you will be assessed during your practical test, namely:

Technique (steering, accelerating, braking, clutching and gear)

Adapting your speed to traffic 

Respecting traffic rules (regulations, priorities, highway driving, manoeuvres…)

Practical Information

Our driving school in Geneva offers 50-minute car driving lessons in Geneva and the Lake Geneva Region. You can drive your own car, or use one of our vehicles, which are always maintained to the highest standard.

Driving lessons are set in advance by the instructor and the student regarding hours, routes and locations from Monday-Saturday: 8AM to 10 PM. 

Each course objective (see above) will be evaluated during the lesson. When the learner is considered as being ready for the practical test by the instructor, he/she will take a mock test set under the conditions of the practical test.  The student will then receive a report indicating (if necessary) what remains to be practiced before the practical test. 

Lessons are arranged at your convenience, and are tailor-made to your suit your needs. Your instructor will gladly accompany you to the Geneva Automobile Office when you take your practical test.

Legal information

During the driving license exchange course, the driver must be over 18 and be in possession of a foreign driving license valid on Swiss territory. The driver must also have the authorization to drive delivered by the OCAN (Cantonal Service of Vehicles), if a test drive is already planned.

Contact us

AEL - Driving School Lémanique
Rue de Lyon 16
1201 Genève