Blood Type Requirement On Costa Rican Drivers License Is Of No Use(You do NOT NEED the BLOOD TEST to get your drivers license in Costa Rica [this is an OLD ARTICLE explaining the logic behind it])
In May 2008 it became mandatory that the persons blood type be included on the drivers license. However, due to protocol and security, doctors do not base their decision on that information when it comes to a blood transfusion.
Furthermore, the Colegio de Médicos (College of Physicians) recommends removing the requirement all together.
On may 10, 2008, any person obtaining a drivers license for the first time or renewing their license is required to provide their blood type test, which is prominently printed on the drivers license, adding between ¢3.500 and ¢8.000 colones to the cost of obtaining or renewing a drivers license.
According to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT), a total of 107.388 drivers who obtained their drivers license for the first time and 322.741 who renewed their license were required to provide their blood type.
Roulán Jiménez, president of the Colegio de Médicos, is clear that the blood type on the drivers license has no benefit, other than to generate fees for doctors providing exams and an added expense for drivers.
"In the event a person is taken to a hospital, absolutely no one will give you a drop of bolod without doing a blood test first", Dr. Jiménez told the La Nación in an interview.
"If a patient needs 100 transfusions of blood, they will be submitted to 100 blood tests", the doctor affirmed.
The requirement of the blood type is based on article 77 of the Ley de Tránsito passed in 1993, but it wasn't until 2008 that was made mandatory.
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) officials say they are unaware of the ineffectiveness of the requirements, but nonetheless are obligated to uphold the law.
Hugo Jiménez, director of Educación Vial for the MOPT, said "useful or not we have to respect a mandate by the Constitutional Court".
Legislators tothe reforms of the Ley de Tránsito that was approved in November 2008 and whose full effect will be on March 1 this year, just changed the number of the article mandating the blood type test.