How do I obtain a Swiss learner’s permit?

Before you can finally obtain your Swiss learner’s permit, you’ll need to go through a training period lasting several years. As a young driver, you must first prove your theoretical and practical knowledge. Discover in this article the different steps to obtain a Swiss driver’s license. What’s more, it’s just a few clicks away from the control bodies that can help you apply for a Swiss learner’s permit.

First aid course for Swiss driver’s license

Anyone who registers as a student driver is required to provide proof of having taken these courses. These are provided by Auto-école Lémanique.

Application for a Swiss learner’s permit

Once you’ve completed the procedure, you’ll need to apply for a Swiss learner’s permit. To do this, you’ll need to fill in a special form, which you can obtain from the various automotive services in your canton. Depending on your canton of residence, you can also find them in your local commune. It is compulsory to have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist or optician. This examination must not be more than 24 months old.

From theory to practice, step by step, get your Swiss learner’s permit

Once you have completed your application for a Swiss learner’s permit, you will be asked to take the theory test. Don’t expect to pass the theory test without practice. If you have some driving experience, but your driving instructor thinks you’re ready, you can take the practical test. Follow the five recommendations below to pass the test and obtain your Swiss driver’s license:

  • Choose an excellent driving school. Take advantage of the experience of those around you to make the right choice.
  • Learn to drive and take regular driving lessons. Avoid underestimating yourself and wait until you feel really comfortable behind the wheel before taking the practical test.
  • Identify your weak points and develop the right automatisms in a targeted way before taking the exam.
  • Practice driving in advance. Pay attention to other road users and never lose sight of the blind spot.
  • Watch your speed during the test. Always try to drive a little slower, between 2 and 5 km/h over the speed limit. That way you won’t inadvertently exceed the speed limit because you’re scared of the road.

When can I obtain a Swiss learner’s permit?

Once you’ve successfully completed the theory part of the course, and reached the minimum age for the desired course, you’ll be awarded your valuable Swiss learner’s permit. This is temporary and does not give you the privilege of crossing the border. Indeed, this provisional permit is not recognized by neighboring countries.

For motorcycles: Basic course

Basic practical training at a certified motorcycle school must be completed within 4 months. Once you have completed the training, the instructor will validate your provisional licence if you pass. This extends the validity of your driver’s license by 12 months. Within this period, you must register for the driving test.

Motorcycle driving test

This takes place at one of the cantonal automobile offices. You’ll find many of the same exercises you did with your driving instructor. Here are a few tips to follow on the day of the test: Make sure you wear motorcycle clothing (helmet, of course) – special gloves – motorcyclist clothing – long pants – high shoes are a must. Students repeatedly expelled from exams for wearing inappropriate clothing

Trial driver’s license

Applicants applying for the first time for a Swiss learner’s permit in category A (motorcycles) or category B (passenger cars) receive a trial driving license. This trial period ends 3 years after passing the practical test. This regulation does not apply to holders of a class A or B driving license with unlimited validity – or to persons born before December 1, 1987 who applied for a Swiss class A or B learner’s permit before December 1, 2005.

It also applies to those who have obtained a category A or B driver’s license abroad since December 1, 2005 – and must exchange it for a Swiss driver’s license. If aforeign driver’s license is exchanged, the probationary period will not necessarily last three years. The calculation takes into account the date on which the driver’s license was examined abroad, the date of entry into Switzerland, and the date of issue of the new Swiss driver’s license.

Once you’ve passed the road test, you’ll receive a trial driving license, generally valid for three years. During this probationary period, you’ll have to prove yourself and take part in further training courses (CFC) from the first year following the one-day practical test, in accordance with current legislation.

Swiss learner’s permit: What to do in case of infringement?

If your license is withdrawn for a first offence, the trial period will be extended by one year. In the worst case, after a second serious or moderate offence, the provisional Swiss driver’s license will be withdrawn. You will then be able to apply for a new Swiss learner’s permit after one year at the earliest – depending on a psychological assessment of your driving ability.

Driving lessons: how does it work?

The two-phase driving course is a supplementary training program that begins as soon as the Swiss driver’s license is assessed, and lasts for a maximum of three years. During this period, you need to take two days of additional training at an approved driving school. To this end, all our instructors are on hand to ensure that driving is not a source of anxiety, but rather a moment of relaxation and good humor.

They also adapt the training program to your knowledge. With our driving instructors, you’ll be able to take your entire driving course, just as you can learn with a friend or relative. It only takes a few hours of practice at the end. At Moto auto-école Lémanique, we’ll teach you the tricks of the trade to ensure that you drive well – and above all, that you pass your practical test!

Swiss learner’s permit: The route to a full Swiss driver’s license

Once you’ve passed the theory test, you’ll be issued a Swiss learner’s permit. The permit is valid for 24 months. It allows you to take driving lessons at a driving school. For practice, you can be accompanied by a non-professional driving companion who is at least 23 years old – and has held a full driving license for more than three years in the corresponding vehicle category.

Get your Swiss driver’s license in your pocket

Once you’ve proved yourself during the probationary period, you’ll receive a permanent Swiss driver’s license. However, after three years, the validity of your probationary licence will have expired. The cantons send the complete final driving license. In other cases, however, it must be ordered one month before the end of the trial period and accompanied by the CFC driving course certificate. Contact your cantonal automobile office or the Association des services automobiles in good time. Driving without a valid driver’s license is not without consequences: on the one hand, you’ll have to pay a penalty, and on the other, you’ll lose your insurance cover.


Before taking the practical test, you’ll need to take the driving course. As far as driving licenses are concerned, anyone aged 23 or over and holding a driving license (class B) for at least 3 years can accompany you at the wheel. For motorcycle licences (class A), the motorcycle driving course is compulsory.So choose Moto Auto-école Lémanique, because with this school, your Swiss learner’s permit is guaranteed.

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