Cedula renewal - my experience
- A couple weeks ago I realized my Cedula had expired in July. Not being proficient in Spanish, and as a member of ARCR, I contacted them to arrange a renewal appointment for me. (There was a charge for that service.)
With in a couple of days I received, via email, the appointment schedule and directions to the renewal site, a BCR Bank in Uruca. The message also gave me instructions on what I need to take with me and what the charges would be.
The appointment was yesterday, 8/23/13 at 2:30 PM and I went alone. (I could have opted for an escort / interpreter from ARCR for an additional service charge, but chose not to.) Here's how things went:
The BCR location is in Uruca. It is midway between the `end' of the circumvalicion (sp?) and the road to Heredia. There are TWO BCR banks on the same street and they are close to each other. Traveling West there is a large one on the left (South) side of the street, where I first stopped. The guard kindly directed me 100m further West on the North side. That facility is much smaller but easy to identify. That location apparently does nothing other than passports, licenses, and cedulas.
After arriving (I was about 45 minutes early) I was treated very courteously and directed to a head of the line seat (there were 17 other people waiting to be served but I was put ahead of them, due to my age I am guessing.) There are three windows for service and I was instructed to wait for a particular one. Being early did not seem to matter.
After a wait of about 30 minutes it was my turn. I was concerned as there did not seem to be any place to make the required deposits before hand (total, $132 USD, including a penalty for renewing one month late) and I wondered if I should have made them at the first BCR location where I had stopped. That, however, was not necessary; the clerk who processed the renewal collected all the fees right at the window where all the other paperwork was done. He even offered me the choice of paying in either US Dollars OR Colones. In fact, everything necessary (photo, electronic signature, electronic finger prints, payment, etc.) were all accomplished at that one window in one session.
Despite my lack of Spanish ability, things went very smoothly and I was treated well. Everything was completed and I was finished and in my car at 2:55 - slightly more than one hour after entering the bank. I will pick up my new Cedula at the local CR Correo office in about one month.
I have to say that the whole experience was unexpectedly pleasant and painless. My thanks to ARCR for arranging this for me.
- He did it at the BCR and yes, they DO take the money and give you a receipt for everything. Some employees are more trustworthy than others.
--- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "Tim McHyde" <tmchyde@...> wrote:
> Ummm....Those clerks at immigration are not trusted to receive money!
> I hope for the best...
- Hola gentle CRLers
I received an off-line response to my earlier post about getting my Cedula which pointed out that I didn't include some information that might be valuable to others. My apology. Here is that info:
I am married to a Tica and therefore I am not required to provide income data.
As has been posted here many times, proof of income is a requirement that can cause some persons a lot of difficulty. If you are one of those persons who are required to provide proof of income, I suggest you research the archives for information about the possible ways of complying with that requirement. I am sure that ARCR can also be a big help in that if you choose to employ them to assist you in getting your cedula renewed.
My apologies if I misled anyone.
--- In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, "allendickinson70" <allendickinson70@...> wrote:
> A couple weeks ago I realized my Cedula had expired in July. Not being proficient in Spanish, and as a member of ARCR, I contacted them to arrange a renewal appointment for me. (There was a charge for that service.)
AN UPDATE to the message I posted about renewing my cedula:
A couple of days after my new cedula was scheduled to arrive at the local post office, I went to check. The envelope was there but there was no cedula - just a note that I and my wife had to appear at Imigracion. An appointment time and date were included, and we were instructed to bring a copy of our marriage document, my wife’s cedula or passport, and my cedula and passport, with us.
We appeared at Imigracion and after presenting the “appointment” slip were instructed to sit in a small waiting area with about 15 others. After about a 45-minute wait we were called to a booth where we were briefly interviewed by a friendly lady. With the exception of my old cedula and my wife’s cedula, no other documents were requested or reviewed.
Ast of the interview, we were both required to fill out identical forms, separately and out of view of the other person. The form (in Spanish of course) asked for our names (as they appeared on out individual cedulas, our address, the number of children (with my surname) living with us, and some other minor information. Neither the date of our marriage, location, or any other related information was requested.
We both quickly completed (less than five minutes) the forms and returned them to the lady. At one point my wife had tried to ask me a question about the directions to our home and I was prevented from answering. Obviously, they wanted us to complete the forms without any prompting or assistance from the other. After the forms were completed, the lady held them side by side, and our answers were compared. We ‘passed’ and were told to wait outside about one hour.
We exited the compound, had a snack, and returned. After a short wait another lady appeared, called my name (plus others) and we went back inside. I was first in line and my electronic fingerprint was compared to the one taken when I gave the application data. It matched and she handed me my new cedula.
We were done and a total of about two hours after entering we were done and back on our way.
Overall, it was a simple and painless process. I was told that the reason for this procedure is apparently to identify cases which are ‘marriages of convenience’ - ones where a CR citizen has provided an expat with the ‘marriage documentation’ (possibly for a fee?) necessary for them to achieve residency, but the parties aren’t actually living as a couple.
I am now good for another year.