May 11, 2012
The Registro Nacional says that incorrect information is circulating about the process of exchanging vehicle license plates.
Internet users have been getting messages that list certain time periods during which motorists must surrender their old license plates and obtain new ones.
However, the Registro, which is in charge of the process, said that there still is no official calendar from when the old plates expire.
The agency promised to provide the information when it is available.
All vehicles in Costa Rica will need new plates this year. For owners of passenger vehicles the cost is 15,000 colons or about $30. The new plates are supposed to be more difficult to forge because they will contain security features.
Plates are available the SAME DAY at the Registro and its regional offices.
HOWEVER, Correos de Costa Rica (the post office) also is accepting plates for exchange - BUT - exchanging the plates at the post office requires a wait of 5 days, workers at the Correos headquarters downtown said. The motorist brings in the plate and pays the fee but then must wait for the post office to deliver the new plates, mostly to postal boxes.
Correos made the announcement Jan. 26.
VICKI'S COMMENTS: SAY WHAT?? So people will be driving withOUT their license plates for at least 5 days???? Am I the only one going WTH?????? What if people don't have a PO Box??? Anyone else see the potential for ALL sorts of crimes happening during these days???