Protest over calculation of 2016 Marchamo

The Costa Rica Ministry of the Treasury released the new vechicle valuations which are the basis for the 2016 road tax known as the Marcham0.   The way the government is calculating the 2016 tax has resulted in an increase of around 20-30% for most vehicles in Costa Rica.   This incre
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Buying a Car in Costa Rica

All legally registered vehicles in Costa Rica are recorded in the Vehicle Section of the Public Registry.  As such your first step when you are purchasing a vehicle is to have a vehicle title search to ensure the vehicle is free from any liens or encumbrances.  You can search the vehi
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Costa Rica New License Plate Pick Up Schedule

Costa Rica Law Requires New License Plates for All Vehicles The law in Costa Rica requires all registered vehicles to obtain new license plates.  The process started in July of 2013 and will take place through January of 2016.   As such the following schedule has been posted by the Na
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2015 Marchamo Vehicle Road Tax for Costa Rica

The 2015 Marchamo which is the annual vehicle road  and insurance tax which the Costa Rican government imposes on vehicles is now available for payment.   The Marchamo must be paid by January 1, 2015 after that date any vehicle that has an unpaid Marchamo will be fined.
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Costa Rica Vehicle Safety Accessories Required By Law

Costa Rica Vehicle Safety Accessories Required By Law The Costa Rican Transit Law imposed the requirement upon drivers to carry certain required safety accessories in their car.    That portion of the law was challenged in Court which just ruled on what is required in t
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Costa Rica Issues New License Plates

    Costa Rica Issues New License Plates  Costa Rica Issues New License Plates Costa Rica has implemented a new license plate numbering system which introduces new license plates which are a combination of numbers and numbers as opposed to the old license plate which wa
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New Traffic Law Passed for 2009

  New Traffic Law Passed   The Costa Rican Legislature recently passed a New Traffic Law No. 8696 (Reforma Parcial a la Ley de Transito por Vias Publicas Terrestres).      Effective immediately the following dispositions of the new law are already in effe
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Getting a Drivers License

  Getting a Drivers License in Costa Rica Getting a Drivers License in Costa Rica   The Costa Rican Government entity which is in charge of Drivers License is the Consejo de Seguridad Vial  (COSEVI) which is part of the Costa Rican Ministry of Transportation (M.O.P.T.)
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Driving Terminology in Costa Rica

  Some Useful Driving Terminology : Tarjeta de Circulación   –  Vehicle Registration Card Marchamo  –  Vehicle Registration Sticker (posted on windshield) Riteve –  Vehicle Emissions and Inspection Certificate Traspaso de Vehiculo &
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Driving in Costa Rica with a Foreign Drivers License

 This article is based upon the current Traffic Law of Costa Rica (Ley 9078)  According to Article 91 of the Costa Rica Transit Law  (Ley 9078) the country will recognize and grant reciprocity to foreign drivers licenses.  In the case of tourists the foreign l
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