<<"1) By post mail service: order form (including a copy of a valid
government issued photo ID, as well a physical photo) and your
handwritten original signature. It’s the same which is attached to this
2) Directly at any staffed SBB railway station ticket counter (payment in cash, Reka Checks or by credit card).">>
<<"For legal reasons we require your original handwritten signature,">>
Good work. I had some hints of that when I renewed mine last Fall, because I did not have a residence permit or a Swiss ID from a Gemeinde . I went in person, because my 3 year Halb-Tax had expired and could no longer be renewed by mail or e-mail.
I mentioned that I had a Swiss mailing address at a friend's, but that I had no evidence of residence in Switzerland. The clerk smiled nicely and said no problem. She seemed happy to take my money. ;-)
I did not want to say that on the forum, because I was not sure, and had been trained in the old system.
It still costs more 185 CHF new, 165 CHF with renewal.
So, the one month visitor's version costs almost as much as the one year version I got. Still, my old 3-year residents Halb-Tax cost between 400 and 450 CHF.
I suppose that I should be pleased that I get two- count'em -two- embedded chips and the related services that go with the new format, sort of an umbrella concept, now called, confusingly, he Swiss Pass.
Change is constant.