If you have a Corporation (S.A. or Sociedad Anoima), and need an up-to-date Personeria Juridica, now you can pay for it online, download it and print off. No more queuing up in Alajuela or in San José on Paseo Colon or Zapote (or wherever).
Note that you DON’T need to take a Personeria Juridica with you when replacing license plates because, when they enter the license plate number into their computer system, they can see the Corporation details there. The same goes for the up-to-date Marchamo. H
ere are 2 options (besides using a lawyer) of how to obtain a new Personeria Juridica:
a) You can either go to the post office (Correo) and give them your Corporation number (beginning with 3-101- or 3-102-) and they’ll create the Personeria Juridica for you there and then (less than 5 mins).
b) Print your own off by following this process:
Go to the Registro Nacional website and
After you have registered, on the left of the screen click on “INDICE PERSONAS JURIDICAS”. To the right of “Registro” select the drop-down arrows and choose “Personas Juridicas” and, to the right of “Razon Social” type the name of your Corporation (don’t need to include SRL or LTDA… just the main name) in CAPITAL LETTERS. Now, on the left of the screen again, click on “CARRITO DE COMPRAS” to make your order and payment then click on a shopping cart to the right of “Personeria Juridica”. [A notice will come up warning you that you can only do this if your Corporation taxes are up-to-date. Click the little “x” on the top right corner of that notice to continue with your process.] At the bottom is should total Col. 2,800 then click on Comprar to make your payment. Once paid, click on “Utizar” then type in your Corporation number and then click on the certification number to download your new Personeria Juridica.
Note that you will receive email confirmation once you’ve made the payment.
The good thing is, now that you can download this and print off, you can print off as many as you like and not pay anymore. So ONLY pay for one when you order!
Another note is that they appear to now only be valid for 15 days which seems to be indicated in the very last sentence at the bottom of the document.
If you decide to download your Personeria Juridica later, click on “MI INVENTRARIO” then click next to “Usados” then click on “Descargar” to download the document.
If you have more than one Corporation you will need to follow the whole process again to ensure you are paying for the correct Personeria Juridica.