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Published on Wednesday, October 6, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Transport statistics records show more than 3,900 local driver's expired in September, including Costa Rican and international residents.

Extensions were granted under the pandemic, but the deadline ended last month. Tourists were allowed to use their country driver’s license until the first week of September, the ministry said.

For expats with an expired  driver’s license and are in the country under the status of tourist, refugee, permanent resident or temporary resident, should validate their foreign license (so-called homologation process) by requesting an appointment on the Road Safety Council website, known as Cosevi.

According to the ministry, the majority of drivers with expired licenses own cars, small trucks and motorcycles. Authorities call on drivers to renew their licenses to avoid getting a $40 fine.

Also, those with a license expiring in October, November and December, will be allowed to do the renewal process as early as this month since the Traffic Law allows to renew the license 3 months before its expiration.

To renew the license, the first step is to request an appointment at the Cosevi website for Thursdays between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In case the website is saturated, the renewal can also be requested by calling 9000-626356 during the same time on Thursday.

A faster option could be requesting the renewal at any branch of the Banco de Costa Rica by calling 800-227-2482.

The requisites to renew the driver's license are:

• Pay ˘10,000 colones, about $16.

• No unpaid fine.

• Have less than 5 penalty points on the driving record.

• Have the code of the medical test which confirms good health to drive.
• Have a legal ID.

• Wear a facemask to enter the Cosevi facilities.

What have you heard of expats' experience with renewing their driving licenses? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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