I (Vicki Skinner - aka "THE Sarong Goddess") created this blog in 2007 to share DETAILED Finds•Lists•Info•Events•Experiences to help bring more EASE to people living in, visiting or thinking of moving to Costa Rica since DETAILS are NOT easy to find!
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

DIGITAL SIGNATURE • FIRMA DIGITAL - Where•How to obtain a Digital Signature • Firma Digital in Costa Rica

Thanx to the beauty of modern technology coming to Costa Rica, SOMETIMES you can go online and do/search for/get MANY governmental and bank documents that before you'd have to pay a lawyer to or travel to and wait in long lines for!!!

Some require a "signature" - but something more "official" - a
in Spanish - a FIRMA DIGITAL

It's a Certificates authorizing SINPE Authority • Certificados de la Autoridad Certificadora del SINPE (CA SINPE - Persona Física).
Here's where you go to LEARN more about getting your OFFICIAL DIGITAL SIGNATURE - "Firma Digital" •  registered with the government in Costa Rica:
(note you MUST put the www. in with it as their programer didn't program it properly - or it shows as a bad address)

There IS a fee to get this Firma Digital and it varies a LOT by who you get it from.  I saw Full Certificates •  Certificado Completo ranged from FREE through Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS - JUST for their CLIENTS [??  Does that mean anyone that is a member of INS??  If so and it's free, DEFINITELLY plan on bringing a NOVEL for this signup!!] and only at specific offices in San Jose, Alajuela and Cartago) to just $22 at Banco Nacional to whopping $95 at Banco BCT!!).  Examples from Banco Nacional (BNCR) and Banco San Jose (BAC):                                           Full Certificate•Certificado Completo:
BNCR - $22-U.S.  BAC - $35
                                           Change PIN•Cambio de PIN:
BNCR - $4.  BAC - TBD

                                           Certificate only•Solo certificado:
BNCR - $14.  BAC - $20

                                           Only card•Solo tarjeta:
BNCR - $14.  BAC - $20

                                           Reader only•Solo lector: BNCR - $12.  BAC - $35 
Here's the link to the list of PLACES TO OBTAIN it from (mainly banks), their prices, hours as you must go in since you need to sign up in person for this (so bring a book!), stipulations/conditions (some are ONLY for their customers), their locations (it looks like most are only issued at SPECIFIC branches and specific hours), and contact number:

Some banks only do it for their clients (BAC), some banks do it for everyone and have the same price for all (BNCR, Banco Popular y Desarrollo Comunal, Banco Credito Agricola de Cartago) and some banks do it for everyone and have a different prices for the general public (BCR and Banco Promerica is only a $10 difference)!

It looks like it is through the
SINPE system which might mean it's only for individuals that have ACTIVE Residency and/or corporations (anyone know and can help find out that knows Español really well??  Email me your finding at LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com)
You can get help at:  SoporteFirmaDigital.com/sfd

(it's part of the
Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología - MICIT
 micit.go.cr  •  facebook.com/micitcr  •  twitter.com/micittcr

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