Getting your driver’s license

A few days ago my husband and I went for our Costa Rica drivers license.  It was an interesting and long experience.  I will give you the run down of what we had to do.  For starters, you have to have your residency card, Cedula, in order to get a drivers license here.  I do know also, that in September of this year it is going to change a little, everything is supposed to be going digital.  You will need a physical examination in order to get your license.  They used to ask for proof of your blood type, they didn’t ask us for this at all.  You will need two copies of everything.  This includes your Cedula, US drivers license, and your passport; the picture page and the page with your entry stamps.  For the first time you have to go to La Uruca to have it done at the Cosevi.  My husband and I had our physical done before we went, I highly recommend this.  It will save you a lot of time down there.  You will go in and wait in a line, they will call you to a window where you will give them all of your copies and they need to see the originals also, so take everything with you.  Then you will wait in another line to be called to a booth.  Here they will go through your information again, get your phone number and directions to where you live and an e-mail address, if you have one it isn’t necessary.  After this, they will give you a paper that is stamped to take to Banco National, it is only a short walk.  There is where you actually pay for your license.  Ours cost $8 each!  You go and pay then go back and wait in line again, the second line you waited in.  You will give them your receipt to show you paid, they will take your picture, finger print and you will sign.  That is it.  It did take us a couple of hours to get this all done.  It is really an easy process, it’s just a slow process.  I did a lot of reading about this before we went, but I figured it out.  Pretty much everything we have done here I have done myself and learned on the fly.  Also, if you don’t know Spanish, take someone with you that does know Spanish.  My Spanish is very limited, but I can get by.  I just ask them to speak slower and tell them that I am learning little by little.  Pura Vida!

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