Although carrying an international driver's license in Switzerland is not required by law, it can be very helpful to have one available while travling in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe. The international license is good not only in Switzerland, but France and many other nearby European countries - with this license, you can enjoy your vacation in Switzerland without restriction! An international driver's permit in Switzerland must be carried along with your driver's license. It should be presented when you are renting a car and can help bridge the language gap should you get stopped by law enforcement or if you should be involvedin a minor accident while driving in Switzerland. The license is a translated version of your license information, making it much easier to communicate with local officials during your trip. If you plan to visit more than one country, you will also find that this license comes in handy and makes things much easier when you simply want to enjoy your time in the area (the IDP document is translated into many languages so carrying one allows you to seamlessly travel to any country in Europe.
Applying for an international drivers permit for your trip to Switzerland is simple. Anyone who is 18 years of age with a valid driver's license is eligible for the international license. There is a fee of $15 that must be paid when applying. An IDP application must also be completed. There are many different places advertising international licenses online, however, there are only two locations that the U.S. Department of Transportation authorizes for the license. Those two agencies are the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the National Automobile Club (NAC.) You can apply for the international license at either of these locations online or in person.
If you choose to apply online, the application must be printed and mailed in with the appropriate documentation. You need to include two passport photos and a copy of your driver's license. You should copy both the back and front of the license. If you are applying in person, the same information must be presented. Cash is not accepted for the international license fee, so be prepared to pay with a money order, check or with a credit or debit card.
After the license has been awarded, it is good for a duration of one year. This makes it easy for you to travel frequently if you desire. It is also a great aid for students who are attending school in the country, and for business travelers.
Having an international driver's license Switzerland provides travelers with a peace of mind that isn't found without this document in place. We hope that we have provided you with all of the information needed about the license to help you make the right decision. If you have additional questions or concerns, we are here to help. More information is available on our IDP Frequently Asked Questions page or you can reach out to one of our knowledgeable agents by calling 1-888-223-5555. Our experienced agents are ready to assist you 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. It is in your best interest to have an international permit available for your trip. Let us help guide you in the right direction.