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First aid course

You have to complete a first aid course before you can apply for your provisional licence. The first aid certificate is valid for six years.

Application

Normally, you cannot submit your application for a provisional licence until one month before your 17th birthday at the earliest.

You can download the application form from the website of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office in your canton of residence.

Submit the completed application form to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office or to your residents' registration office. To do so, you must go to the counter and also provide a colour passport photo, your first aid certificate and present your Swiss ID card or foreign national ID card.

Theory test

Once the authorities have acknowledged your application for a provisional licence, you can register for the theory test. In most cantons, you have to register online.

The cost of the theory test varies from canton to canton. Find out more at Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office in your canton of residence.

You can repeat the theory test as often as you like.

Once you have passed the theory test, you will receive your provisional licence.