- Can somebody tell me the procedure for getting a car registered. I was
told I'll also need an inspection of some sort - is this a safety
inspection? How long does all this take? My last question: can the
owner of the vehicle have somebody else do this - or is owners'
singnature required on some of this paperwork.
"Reteve" or "Revision Technica" are the inspection people with
branches around the country. The closest one to San Jose (I believe),
is in Alajuela just past the airport heading North/northwest on the
I just went this past week. I think you need to go yourself because
they´ll want to see your drivers license and passport (or cedula).
It´s both a safety and emissions inspection. Make sure you get a tune
up before going and make sure your muffler is good (no holes in it
like mine). They´ll check all your lights, high beams, door locks,
windows, brakes and much more. Also, make sure you have a jack in the
trunk or somewhere. It´s a pretty detailed inspection and many
people, including me, fail the first time.
Oh, you also have to make sure you have the car´s registration (placa)
and Reteve paperwork from last time it was inspected. Do what I did,
bring a Costa Rican with you just in case you need help communicating,
- The owner of the car does not have to take it to Riteve for the
inspection. It can be anyone. My wife's car has had an inspection
the last two years. Both times someone else took the car in. The
last time was our mechanic who knew someone there, so he did not need
- They have a web site, www.rtv.co.cr that has all the info needed, in
Spanish of course, and where you can get an appointment, usually the
best policy as there are LINES for those who appear without a cita and
are integrated slowly between those with an appointment. There are
several stations in the San Jose area, Heredia, Alajuelita and San
Miguel being the "most comfortable" that I have found but their map is
mistaken, it is the NEXT exit and then to the left after 7 Mares and
you double back to RTV. Make sure you have your paperwork and cedula
or you will be rejected at the window (before paying...lol). The
inspection is "fair" but thorough.... license plate lights, bent or
illegible plates, windshield wiper sprayer, ball joints, unbalanced
brakes, all those little things that you may overlook. The initial
inspection is almost ¢10,000 and re-inspections within the first 30
days of your rejection are at 50% off... about ¢5,000.
Political comment: While many march in the streets to decry "private
monopoly" and to try to recover the inspection process for private
garages where you can "pay-to-pass", I have not heard/seen any
"considerations" possible at RTV which means that at least the
vehicles that pass RTV were okey at the moment of inspections. Sure,
there are those who "rent" tires, safety equipment, even whole
engines! so that one can pass.... but others (almost 100,000!) just
don't bother and calculate (correctly) that it is cheaper to bribe the
traffic inspector the times that they get stopped rather than pay the
¢50,000 to ¢500,000 in marchamo and inspection per year..... At least
MORE vehicles are mechanically safer than before RTV.... now what we
need is an inspection process for the DRIVERS!
Additional comment: In consideration of "bringing your dear old
Suburban" to Costa Rica, bear in mind that first, the import taxes on
your old favorite will be "surprisingly" high and after it is
registered here, it may NEVER pass the RTV inspection! The rules of
the inspection are applied to your vehicle according to the year it
was IMPORTED, NOT the model year! Your 1982 gas hog brought to CR in
2006 will probably NOT meet the more severe 2006 requirements and you
may not be able to get the necessary parts to bring it up to 2006
requirements. I quickly add that my 1979 Subaru brought to CR in 1979
has never failed to pass but if I brought it in in 2006, I would be on
the bus! It has seat belts, but NOT retractables... failed. It has
80 watt headlights but now the requirement is 120 watts... failed. So
you see, here in CR, it depends.......
- That's some good info on the inspection part...thanks. What about
actually getting a vehicle registered. I'm in Monteverde and was told
I could just go down to Banco Nacional to pay for it and it would be
ready to pick up in a couple of days. Well my wife tried to do that
but they directed her to the INS office in Puntarenas. I just don't
want to make the trek down there in our beater truck and have them
say "oh, you could have taken care of this at Banco Nacional in Santa
Elena". Any insight on this? I guess the question is: Do you usually
need to go directly to the INS or are there other ways to get a vehicle
registered? Thanks guys
- When you say "getting a vehicle registered" are you referring to a
vehicle that is already "nationalized" with Tico plates and what you
want to do is pay the annual marchamo...tag fee?
If so, you WILL have to have your Retive inspection first, and pass it
and then pay the marchamo. BNCR accepted payments until Dec 30th,
they tell me, and then it is the INS that collects it however there
are still some banks (Banex, ProAmerica, etc.) that can accept the
marchamo money and issue you your 2006 sticker and registration.
The INS website at www.ins.go.cr has a listing of places where you can
pay your marchamo under Consultas Marchamo... in Spanish....
In Monteverde, you may need to look around as I am not familiar with
the area. Maybe ask at a Servimas in Mas x Menos or a local INS
agents office or a Cooperative.... hey, just spot a car/truck with the
2006 marchamo on their windshield and ask where they got it! Hurry as
the fines could be about ¢2,000 per DAY!
- I assumed he was referring to getting the car registered at the time
of purchased. In this case, you need to make sure your lawyer or
notary has filed the transaction in the National Registry. You can
check this by going to the site:
Click on "Consultas",
Click on "Bienes Muebles"
Click on "Vehiculos"
Click on "Placa"
Enter your plate number
You will see all kinds of details about the car including who the
owner is, under "Propietarios". Hopefully, your name will be here.
This should take effect about 2 weeks after the purchase. If not,
give your lawyer or notary a call and chase it up.
- Thanks Ali - that's exactly what I needed to know. The deal is - my wife and I bought a place in Monteverde last year and we also ended up with a Toyota pick up in the deal. Or license plate ends in a 2 - which (as I understand it) means the retive needs to be renewed in February. Unfortunately we won't be back down until March - do you foresee a problem with us getting it updated past the "due date"? The annual marchamo is then due at the beginning of the year for ALL vehicles regardless of the retive due date - is this correct? Sounds like I may need to go to Puntarenas to get the marchamo - is this something that is usually processed on the spot or will I need to return at later date to pick up the sticker? I will follow your advise and simply ask one of my neighbors when I'm down next month - I was just trying figure this out before I got there since I need to budget my time with all the little stuff that needs to be taken care of. Sounds like getting the truck "legal" is
going to be the most time consuming part. All of this would not be a problem if we were there to deal with it - but as it stands now, we are only in CR a couple of times a year. Thanks again, I REALLY appreciate it!
- Does anyone know if there is an online web site to check the movie time tables for the theaters in and around San Jose?
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>Does anyone know if there is an online web site to check the movie timetables for the theaters in and around San Jose?<
For La Nacion.com (http://www.cinemania.co.cr/). Not sure if you need to
register with La Nacion online first.
- Well, Jeff, yes, almost..... the "2" means that the Retive inspection
must be made in February...can't you tell that by the present sticker
on the windshield? It should be punched for "II" with a "06",
otherwise, you are "out of date".
The marchamo (tag fee) is actually due in December for the following
year, not "the beginning of the year", after that you are illegal and
fines and interest apply. Does it have a 2006 marchamo? If the
vehicle is not driven while "illegal" there probably is no problem.
If NO 2006 marchamo, you will have to have the Retive inspection
BEFORE INS will accept the marchamo payment. For the Retive
inspection, see my other posting today about Retive. Get an
appointment via their online site, www.rtv.co.cr print it out and if
you get stopped on the way to Retive, you can show that you are on
your way and that might save you a ticket. After PASSING the Retive
inspection, you can go directly to the INS, pay the marchamo, get the
sticker on the spot and apply it to the windshield! If you take
enough money, and KNOW you will pass the inspection, you can do both
in one trip..... You can see how much your marchamo will be by
checking the INS site at www.ins.go.cr and that will give you the cost
for that moment.... fines and interest are added daily...
Yes, the marchamo is due in December for ALL vehicles and the Retive
inspection is due according to the last number of your plate.... 1 in
January to 0 in October.... November and December are "catch up"
Another comment about "rural" vehicles which may have suffered
suspension and ball joint problems between inspections (and others
playing in the CR potholes). There is a guy that rebuilds ball joints
for ¢2,500 in a tiny shop, 100 east and 25 north of the old Cine
Lebano....compare that to ¢15,000-¢30,000 for new ones! Good work as
mine are on their third year and still tight. He even installs an
Alemite fitting so that you can actually grease them! In that same
area are rubber moulders that make a wide variety of replacement
rubbers for shocks and other suspension and body parts....
- It's in Spanish, but go to:
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- A word of caution about the online movie time tables....they're often
incorrect. I decided to go to a movie today and I checked the movie times
online. It stated that the movie "Munich" started at 3 PM at both Mall
Cariari and at the Paseo De Flores. I went to the Mall Cariari where I
found the movie actually didn't start until 4PM. Since I had plenty of
time, I went to the Paseo De Flores where it was almost correct...it started
at 3:10 PM. I've had this happen several times for the online guides and
the time tables in La Nacion also.