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How to get a driver’s license in Costa Rica?

How to get a driver’s license in Costa Rica?

It should be noted that the procedure for getting a driver’s license in Costa Rica is not very different from the United States and other countries.

Furthermore, a driver’s license can obtain not only the citizens and residents of Costa Rica but also foreigners. The minimum driving age is 18.
Driving in Costa Rica on a Tourist Visa

According to the law, if you are in Costa Rica on a tourist visa, you can use your national driver’s license. However, the validity lines of this visa are no more than 90 days. Therefore, as soon as your visa expires, your driver’s license no longer applies.

The process of obtaining a driver’s license in Costa Rica

In general, if you are moving to the country for a long time, you need to get a Costa Rican driver’s license.

Besides, the fact that you have a valid driver’s license in your country greatly facilitates the process. In this case, it is not necessary to pass the driving test. You just need to homologate your document. However, the expiration date and the class of your new Costa-Rican license will correspond to your national one.

In Costa Rica, driving licenses are issued by the COSEVI (the Road Safety Council). This organization has offices in many cities.

Documents required to obtain a driver’s license:
  • documents: passport (with a stamp on entry into the country) residence card, work permit, cedula.
  • a valid foreign driver’s license (with a certified translation into Spanish);
  • a receipt for payment of the fee (5,000 colones – about $ 8.5);
  • medical exam certificate – dictamen medico (valid up to 6 months).

If before moving to Costa Rica you did not get a driver’s license or if it has expired, then you need to take a driving test.

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