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Streamlined Driver’s License Regulations in Costa Rica: What You Need to Know

Effective May 7, 2024, Costa Rica introduces significant changes to the validity of foreign driver's licenses, providing clarity and convenience for residents and visitors alike. Here's a breakdown of the key updates:

Extended Validity Periods:

- Foreign driver's licenses will now be deemed valid for much longer periods, depending on legal status.

- For tourists on a 180-day visa stamp, their unexpired foreign driver's licenses will remain valid for the duration of their visa.

- Digital Nomads' foreign driver's licenses will continue to be valid for the entire year from the date of their approval.

- Applicants for legal residency can now homologate their foreign driver's licenses while waiting for approval, eliminating the previous 91-day waiting period and the need for a driver's test. The Costa Rica driver's license obtained through this process will be valid for up to 10 years.



These changes aim to streamline the process for obtaining and using driver's licenses in Costa Rica, promoting ease of mobility while ensuring compliance with regulations. Stay informed and prepared for your travels on Costa Rican roads with these updates.

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