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Published on Tuesday, September 7, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Drivers who want to appeal a fine made by traffic police have the option of claiming by email, due to the reduction of personnel at the headquarters and branches of the Road Safety Council, known as Cosevi.

During the pandemic, all fine claims can be made via email, reception-impugnaciones@csv.go.cr. No digital signature is required, Cosevi said in its statement.

This is a health measure to prevent covid-19 infections. It is applied in such a way as to reduce the crowds at the council's headquarters and other offices, Carlos Rivas, representative of Cosevi said.

Of their nationwide offices in the country, 12 remain open to the public but the council invites people to file their complaints by email to avoid crowding.

In the letter's claim, the person should include the full home address. Then print it and send a letter image (either by photo, PDF or scan) with the ID copy.

Another option is to fax the document to the number 2010-4701 of the council's headquarters in San Josť.

Additional evidence such as photos has to be attached. These extra documents should be listed in the main letter. Emails weighing more than 10 megabytes will not be received, Cosevi warned.

Traffic fines expire in 7 years, so anyone who wants to renew their license during that period will have to pay the fines first, Cosevi said.

This system of sending claims by mail is also a service that applies to immigrants, however, the letter must be made in Spanish.

Cosevi enabled the following telephone lines to answer questions from the public 2010-4619, 2010-4620, 2010-4621, 2010-4622 and 2010-4623.





Also, vehicle owners whose license plates were seized by traffic officers could recover them through home delivery services provided by Correos de Costa Rica, the state delivery services company.


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