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The Digital Dimex is around the corner!

The new year comes with great news for foreigners residing in Costa Rica, since the Immigration Department (DGME) started the long-awaited transition to a digital ID card (Dimex) for Permanent and Temporary Residents as well

Digital dimex

The new year comes with great news for foreigners residing in Costa Rica, since the Immigration Department (DGME) started the long-awaited transition to a digital ID card (Dimex) for Permanent and Temporary Residents as well as Special Categories.

The new Dimex will include a virtual PDF document, which would contain a QR code with non-sensitive information that guarantees the verification of the foreigner’s identity  through an institutional website.

On September 28, 2022, the DGME stated clear expectations of enabling a digital Dimex in the near future. Now that the Costa Rican government formalized the project, the 2 year transition to a digital ID will begin.

During this transition, the ID will be accompanied by a printed DIMEX with security features and encrypted information. The foreign person who requests the renewal, duplicate or first time ID, must provide a personal email to receive their digital DIMEX.

Its important to mention that the current document remains valid until its last day of validity, and it is not necessary to make a renewal before the expiration date. Therefore, the two Dimex formats will circulate at the same time. Immigration also stated that both formats will mantain the same requirements, costs or validity.

This change is part of the Costa Rican government goals, by incorporating digital systems in public administration and streamline its services, managing to avoid cyber threats such as impersonations.

We remind you that Outlier Legal Services is ready to answer any further questions you may have about this matter.

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She serves as the Journalist at Outlier Legal. Maripaz Soto has a Degree in Communication Science with a major in Journalism from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She has worked with UNOPS and GIZ. Empathic, creative and determined, are some adjectives that fit her perfectly.

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