Wednesday 22 September 2021

Costa Ricans Will Have A New Cedula Starting In September

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The changeover begins in September. The current cedulas will remain valid unti expiry.
The changeover begins in September. The current cedulas will remain valid until expiry.

(QCOSTARICA) The “cedula” is the major identification card for all Costa Rican nationals. Every Costa Rican, born in the country or naturalized, is issued a cedula.

The new cedula, that will be distributed starting in September, includes new security features to prevent duplication, such as microtext only visible with a magnifying glass, a holographic image and an image of the TSE building only visible under ultraviolet light.

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President Luis Guillermo Solis holding his new cedula.
President Luis Guillermo Solis holding his new cedula.

On the back the information will include the name of both parents (and their nationality) and a reduced bar code containing encrypted information of the card holder.

The front and back characteristics of the new cedula. Source TSE
The front and back characteristics of the new cedula. Source TSE

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE), the government body that issues the cedulas and runs the elections in the country, said the current cedulas will remain valid until their expiry date, meaning citizens don’t have to change them over until due. This also means that for a while we will see both issues of the cards in use.

The TSE says that while the printing of each card is US$1.96, the overall production cost is US$5.50; the equipment and materials purchased from the French firm, Oberthur Technologies.

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