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After all car import steps have been carried out, the final result is SWITZERLAND APPROVAL and the Swiss CONTROL SHIELD. The admission takes place in the respective WOHNKANTON within the opening hours. Proof of insurance is required for admission. This proof shall be transmitted electronically by the insurance company to the STRASS TRANSPORT OFFICE.

The import-butler takes over the admission for you, no matter in which canton you live and saves you the preparation of the IMPORT-APPROVAL and the trip to the admission office.

After all car import steps have been carried out, the final result is SWITZERLAND APPROVAL and the Swiss CONTROL SHIELD. The admission takes place in the respective WOHNKANTON within the opening hours. Proof of insurance is required for admission. This proof is sent electronically by the insurance company to the ROAD TRANSPORT OFFICE
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The Import Butler will take care of the registration for you regardless of which canton you live in, thus saving you from having to create the IMPORT APPROVAL DOSER and go to the registration office.

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The registration types for vehicles in Switzerland

In Switzerland, there are basically three different types of registration for car imports.

  • New solution: You will receive a new Swiss licence plate upon registration

  • Vehicle change: You already have a license plate and replaced your new car with your old one in the same procedure.

  • Swap plate: You already have a car on your existing license plate and now include a second additional vehicle on the same number.

The Swiss licence plate number

If you allow your import car in Switzerland, you will usually be assigned a control plate number at random. However, you can also bid for a number via the auction platform of the Road Traffic Office. There are no upper limits to the costs of the auction. For this reason, the control plate number SG 1 (Canton St.Gallen) was auctioned for CHF 135,000. Try your luck. You can find the platform on the homepage of the Road Traffic Office.

Import Car Approval FAQ

The Road Traffic Office is located in various places and several times in most Swiss cantons.

At the moment you cannot register a car via the Internet. The original documents must be submitted. (Stand 05.2018)

For the first registration of an import car you need the following original documents:

On request, the import-butler takes over the registration of the import car in your canton of residence. You will then receive your Swiss vehicle registration certificate and, if applicable, the licence plate.

After the vehicle has been checked at the motor vehicle inspection, the registration via the import butler takes between 2 and 3 working days.

Whether you can register a vehicle in Switzerland after it has been imported is decided by the motor vehicle inspection after the test. If you have any questions, we recommend that you first contact the Road Traffic Office.

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