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Update on the Driver’s License

Considering the uncertainty generated around the driver's license issue, we reached the Department of Transportation (MOPT) to obtain clarification regarding the driver's licenses. We thus received a response, dated November 13, 2020 from the Vice Minister

Considering the uncertainty generated around the driver’s license issue, we reached the Department of Transportation (MOPT) to obtain clarification regarding the driver’s licenses.

We thus received a response, dated November 13, 2020 from the Vice Minister of Transportation Mr. Eduardo Brenes Mata who under advice by their legal department confirmed that foreign nationals who arrive in Costa Rica as tourists between December 17th, 2019 and November 30th, 2020 will have their driver licenses extended until March 2nd, 2021. Tourists need their foreign drivers’ licenses and passports in case they get stopped by Police.

Furthermore, we received document number 2020-001307 on November 18, 2020, confirming the extension for tourists and explaining that, in addition, Temporary and Permanent Residents will have until January 11, 2021, to request the homologation of their Costa Rican drivers’ license, meaning taking your foreign drivers’ license before Authorities, along with the rest of the requirements, to validate it and receive a Costa Rican license for local use.

The Vice Minister mentioned that tourists will have the legal guarantee for this extension to be respected. We recommend carrying a copy of the letter with you, along with document number 2020-001307 issued by MOPT that replicates the message in case you get stopped by the road police, known as Policías de Tránsito.

Below you can find the documents for you to print.

 

 

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3 COMMENTS
  • Mark Richardson November 17, 2020

    Thank you guys sooo much for all your hard work on our behalf! Many of us owe you a case of beer or wine but you’ll just have to settle for all my future legal needs! 😉

  • william peace November 17, 2020

    Thank you for your efforts

  • Sveta December 10, 2020

    If I apply for residency once I arrive in Costa Rica, and if my residency longer than 90 days, will I still be considered a tourist and would I have to do border runs to keep my Canadian driver’s license legal until I actually receive DIMEX card? Or once I’m in the process of residency I no longer need to do border runs? Thanks.

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