Driving Licenses

Do you hold a driving license issued outside of Costa Rica? Are you legal to drive on Costa Rican roads with your license? Find out here, and how to exchange your foreign license if you need to...

Foreign drivers are able to drive using the license from their home country during the period of their visa. Most visas are 90-day tourist visas.

After that period of time, or if an individual wishes to become a full-time resident, a Costa Rican driving license (licencia de conducir) must be obtained. Failure to exchange licenses appropriately invalidates any insurance and permission to drive.

The main government bodies associated with driving and licensing in Costa Rica are: