Foreign Driver’s License Homologation How-To

On May 16 and 21, 2024, I personally visited the main COSEVI location in LaUruca (San Jose). The following instructions were confirmed with management. Important Note Without additional resources, COSEVI has been charged with providing increased service. This is a difficult challenge, but I assure you that the kind, patient, and intelligent lady appointment manager […]

MAY 7, 2024 LICENSE VALIDITY UPDATE

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It’s official. I recently published an update on extending entry visas to Costa Rica from 90 to 180 days. Decades of waiting for this. I also mentioned that the Costa Rica government was working with the Transportation Ministry to liberalize the validity of foreign driver’s licenses to better accommodate tourists and foreign residents. IE: Eliminate […]

Purchasing a New or Used Vehicle in Costa Rica

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What follows is based on my experience, plus the real-world expertise of immediate family and close friends in the automotive service business here in Costa Rica. Begin by carefully re-considering your brand bias. Many of those were developed with biased logic. Whatever brand you plan to purchase, look up its reliability ratings before making a […]

Driving in Costa Rica

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In a word: Different. You need to re-frame your idea of how to drive when you come to Costa Rica.  Road behaviors that can get you arrested and have your license suspended in your home country are often ignored here in Costa Rica. So you are left dealing with some really intrusive and outrageous habits […]