Probationary driving licence
Frequently asked questions
WHY THESE 2 STAGES COURSE?
Learner drivers in Switzerland complete their training in two stages in order to receive their permanent licence. After passing the practical test (stage 1), new drivers have to take two compulsory drivers’ education courses within three years (stage 2).
Statistically, road traffic injuries are more severe for drivers between 20 & 24 years old. The hard conditions for obtaining a permanent driving license will effectively reduce the number of fatalities among young drivers.
The two days training aims to continue the basic training (driving school) of new drivers. It involves assimilating the first experiences made as a car or motorbike driver and checking its own behavior in road traffic.
WHO GETS A PROBATIONALY DRIVING LICENCE AND SINCE WHEN?
Everyone born on or after the first of December 1987, submit an application for a student driver’s license after November 30, 2005 for category A (motorcycle with an engine displays 125 cm or an engine power of more than 11 kW) or for category B (car) obtain a Probationary driving licence.
People who already hold a permanent driver’s licence in category A or B and who wish to pass the other category will obtain automatically a permanent driving licence, if successful.
HOW LONG IS THE PROBATION PERIOD?
The probation period lasts three years.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE A PERMANENT DRIVING LICENCE?
The permanent driving licence is issued at the end of the probation period to drivers who have attended the two days of compulsory courses. You do not need to take another test.
HOW LONG DOES THE TRAINING LAST AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The additional training lasts 16 hours, spread over two days. The first day of training should take place within 6 months of obtaining the probationary driving licence. The second day of training must be completed before the end of the probationary period. The organizer of the further training course may be chosen freely.
Training courses are done with the participants’ own vehicle. The organizer may, however, provide participants with a vehicle if they do not have one.
The cost of the training corresponds to the equivalent of the price of about 8 driving lessons.
WHAT HAPPENS IF TRAINING IS NOT DONE?
The training course must be completed during the probationary period. If it has not been completed, the holder of the driver’s licence loses all of the authorizations listed in the driver’s licence. However, within a further period of three months, the holder may complete the training. In such a case, a special authorization subject to additional taxes to drive a vehicle only during the two days of training must be requested from the automotive office in Carouge.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A LICENCE IS WITHDRAWN DURING THE PROBATION PERIOD?
f the holder of a probationary driving licence commits a traffic offense leading to a withdrawal of the driving licence, the probationary period will be extended by one year and a corresponding limited driving licence will be established.
If the holder commits a second offense leading to a withdrawal of the licence, the driver’s licence to all categories and subcategories will be canceled. This rule is also applicable if the permanent licence has already been established (for lack of knowledge of the second offence).
WHEN CAN I ASK FOR ANOTHER LEARNER'S LICENCE AFTER CANCELLATION OF FIRST DRIVING LICENCE?
A trial period of one year, starting from the date of the offense, shall be given to the concerned person before he can submit a new application for a learner’s licence. In addition, obtaining a licence is subject to present a certificate of mental ability for driving obtained from a traffic psychologist. Once the test has been successfully completed, a new driving licence may be issued.