The grace period for drivers who, from December 17, 2019, are in the country as tourists, can drive using the license of their country
until November 18, 2020. - Ministry of Transportation courtesy photo -





















Published Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Expired driver's licenses can be
renewed without fines



  
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 

Drivers with an expired driver's license since May can renew this month without paying fines, the Ministry of Transportation announced on Monday.

This grace period to renew licenses without paying penalties applies only to driver's licenses that expired after May. Licenses expired in previous months must pay the fine.

The extensions given by the ministry for the renewal of expired licenses, is due to the suspension of the attention of the public in its facilities during March and June, due to the pandemic.

The service to renew the document is provided through an appointment that must be requested at the Directorate of Road Education. Appointments can be requested on the website Servicios Educacion Vial, or by calling 9000-626-356.

Also, the renewal of the license can be managed at any Banco de Costa Rica agency. Appointments should be requested by calling 800-22-724-82.

According to the ministry, they make 3,000 appointments available on a weekly basis for procedures regarding the issuance of new licenses and renewal of licenses.

Of the open spaces, 700 are not occupied, that is to say, almost 25% of appointments are not scheduled, "so we call on people who have pending this process to renew their license and not expose themselves to unnecessary sanctions," said María Eugenia Salazar, representative of the ministry.

Approval of driver's licenses for foreigners. It is important to clarify that in the case of approving foreign-born people’s licenses, the grace period for renewal of expired licenses is until November 18, 2020.

The ministry only enables 350 appointment spaces per week for foreign-born people who must certify their driving license.

"In the case of the homologation of licenses, we can enable 350 spaces every week to attend this segment of the population, we know that the demand is currently higher, so a more extensive period was also set for this type of procedure," Salazar said.

Thus, the grace period for drivers who, from December 17, 2019, are in the country as tourists, can drive using the license of their country until November 18, 2020.

Also, an extension to the previous date was granted for drivers who are in the country on refugee status, permanent residents, temporary residents, with a work permit or Costa Rican and who could not approve their foreign license after March 20.

The approval service must be carried out only in the agencies of the Directorate of Road Education. Appointments are obtained on the website Servicios Educacion Vial, or by calling 9000-626-356.

The payment of the fee to validate the driver's license is made at the time of processing, as well as the payment of all traffic fines.


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