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570 Drivers Walking For Not Having Paid The Marchamo

At 12:01 am January 1, drivers without the respective 2019 Marchamo or circulation permit faced a fine of ¢53,340 colones and/or the seizure of license plates. In less than 72 hours, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) reports issuing 570 tickets and confiscation of the...

Costa Rica Gets Tough On Drunk Drivers For The Holiday Season

As we head into the end of year holiday season, the Attorney General's Office (Fiscalía General) and the Transit Police (Policía de Tránsito) united their voices to give a clear and forceful message: they will be relentless against drunk drivers. On Friday, Emilia Navas (Attorney...

Confiscated Plates During Year End Will Mean You’re Walking During The Holidays

Drivers beware, if you get pulled over and your traffic offense is serious enough to warrant the confiscation of license plates, you may be on foot throughout this holiday season. This applies also to illegal parking. This because the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) -...

How I Renewed My Drivers License In An Hour And At The Cosevi

Renewing your driver's license in Costa Rica can be an experience. The long lines and hours of waiting, only to find out you haven't paid the "entero" or any outstanding traffic fines, which you may or may not remember getting since the last time...

OIJ Raids Cosevi Central Offices

The Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) - road safety council - offices in La Uruca was raided this Monday morning, as investigators delve into the alleged donation of confiscated property. The Ministerio Publico (Prosecutor's Office) said that the purpose of the raids on the central...

Is It Time To Renew Your Costa Rica Driver’s License?

If you are among the thousands of drivers whose driver's license expires in the coming months, leaving it to the last minute and the long lines or even forget, you could face a fine of ¢22.383 colones (plus costs). According to the Cosevi (Consejo de...

For The Gavilanes, The Lines Outside The La Uruca Cosevi Offices Is a “Gold Mine”

We've all seen them, the long lines at the immigration office, the registry office (both, the property and civil), at the Caja, the driver's licensing office. And at one time or another, we've all been in one of those lines. That's where the gavilanes comes...

Uber Users In Costa Rica Are Exempt From Sanctions For Using The Illegal Transport

As the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) crack down on Uber drivers, users (passengers) can rest assured as they are not exposed to any type of sanction for using the illegally deemed private transport service. Carlos Rivas, legal counsel to the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi)...

Return of Seized Plates For Bad Parking Has Oversatured The Cosevi

The volume of parking violations resulting in the confiscation of license plates has over saturated the ability of the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) to deal with the return in a timely manner, even though it has increased the hours of operations and overtime...

San Jose GAM To Get Railway Signals

With the objective of reducing the great number of accidents, many with fatalities, involvingt he commuter train, after a long process, a US$7 million contract to install traffic lights and train warning signals and points on 91 railway crossings in the Greater Metropolitan Area...

Bad Parking Can Mean More Than Three Days Wait To Recover Seized Plates

Q COSTA RICA - Drivers who have their vehicle license plates confiscated for parking illegally, such as in 'yellow zones', on sidewalks or other prohibited areas, in addition to having to pay the fine, will have to wait at least three days to recover...

14,000 Drivers Licensing Appointments Available Starting Today

(QCOSTARICA) Relief awaits those poor folks who haven't been able to get their driver's license because of a full schedule, would be driver's have had an extremely difficult time getting appointments since last year. As of today MOPT has opened 14,866 appointment slots in August...

MOPT Shows Us How Some Prefer The Mad Dash Across Busy Streets Instead of An Overpass

QCOSTARICA - The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte (Ministry of Public Works and Transport- MOPT) shared through social networks, some photographs showing how "some people insist on risking their life and that of drivers so as not to walk a little further, using...

Private Groups Sell Appointments For Drivers License in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The business of selling drivers licenses has turned into the selling "appointments", whether for the written or road test. "If you have a problem making an appointment ... don't worry, we will gladly help," is the line in some of the messages that...

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