Your way to a driver's license
If you drive a vehicle, you need a driver's license. Your driving license must match the type of vehicle you are driving. Do you want to know which driver's license you require for which type of vehicle?
You will find a brief description of all categories online (only in German, Italian, and French), plus information on how to obtain a driver's license in this category.
Category B (Car)
MINIMUM AGE: 17 years. For those under 20, there is a minimum training period of 12 months from the time the learner driver’s license is issued. This does not apply to people who acquired a category B learner's license before December 31, 2020. Transitional law: anyone who turns 18 in 2021 and acquires a category B learner driver’s license this year will be admitted to the practical driving test from their 18th birthday, even if they have not held the learner driver’s license for a year.
REQUIRED CATEGORY: None
First AID COURSE: Except Cat. A/A35kW, A1 or B1 holders. Must not be older than 6 years.
VISION TEST: Must not be older than 24 months for any application for a learner's license and must be completed by a Swiss optician/doctor.
TRAFFIC MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Not required. Exception: first-time examination of over 65-year-olds or physically disabled applicants for a learner's license and if there are doubts about their suitability to drive.
EPILEPTIC PERSONS Are only allowed to drive on the basis of an aptitude report from a neurologist or a doctor specializing in epilepsy.
BASIC THEORY EXAM: Except for cat. A/A35kW, A1 or B1
ADDITIONAL THEORY EXAM: None
SENSITIZATION COURSE (VKU): Except for cat. A/A35kW, A1 or B1.
LEARNING LICENSE VALIDITY 24 months
LEARNING RIDES: Learner's driving license required. Accompanying person required. Learner drives may only be undertaken with a companion who has reached the age of 23 and has held a category B driver's license for at least three years and is no longer on probation. The handbrake must be able to be operated by the passenger at any time.
AFTER PURCHASING THE CATEGORY ADDITIONAL AUTHORIZATIONS: B1, F, G, M
TEST DRIVING LICENSE In order to obtain the unlimited driving license, 1 further training course must be attended within the first 12 months. After the probationary period has expired, the definitive driving license will be sent to you directly by the road traffic office in your canton of residence.