Several years ago I was a resident of Switzerland and attempted to trade my European but non-EU driver's license for a Swiss one. To do that, I had to take a road test which I unfortunately ended up failing -- you get only one shot at it -- resulting in an automatic driving ban and a fine (they charge you about 250 francs to put a sticker that says "Not valid in Switzerland" on your license).

In the meantime I moved to Germany, which allows driver's license exchanges for people from my country without any extra hassle. Consequently, I now have a German driver's license.

My question is: I get in my car and drive to Switzerland. The police stop me for whatever reason. Am I in trouble?

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    You got banned from Switzerland because you failed your driving road test ? – Max Apr 15 '18 at 18:32
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    Actually, I don't think you're being straight with us. Why were you fined? No government issues a fine just for failing a driving test. If you were fined, it means you attempted to drive in Switzerland with the non-EU drivers license outside of the allotted time period (or with an invalid drivers license). In other words, if you were caught once driving with an invalid license, that's an entirely different story and you should make that fact clearer in your question. – Stephan Branczyk Apr 15 '18 at 19:07
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    The fact that you have a German driving license doesn't matter in Switzerland if you are banned from driving in Switzerland. So if they connect the name in the German driving license with the name of banned drivers in Switzerland, then you'll be in trouble. If you have an accident in Switzerland, and your (assuming) German insurance finds out that you are banned from driving in Switzerland, you are in trouble. – gnasher729 Apr 15 '18 at 21:38
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    It seems the about CHF 250 isn’t a fine, it’s an administrative fee for the licence application and the associated driving (re)examination. It’s payable whether you pass or not. – chirlu Apr 15 '18 at 21:46
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    I found this explanation of the process in the state of Zug (in German): zg.ch/behoerden/sicherheitsdirektion/strassenverkehrsamt/… It does seem the CHF 250 are a fee specifically for invalidating the foreign driving licence (for use in Switzerland and Liechtenstein). – chirlu Apr 16 '18 at 14:20

You, personally, have been banned from driving in Switzerland because they tested your skills and determined you are not a good enough driver to drive there.

You need to respect their laws and not drive on their roads.

Your driving skills didn't magically improve just because Germany exchanged your licence for theirs.

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    Things might be different due to Germany being an EU member. – JonathanReez Apr 16 '18 at 6:38
  • Any source for that? – drat Apr 16 '18 at 9:11

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