Owning a Vehicle in Costa Rica

Find out how to buy or import a car or bike in Costa Rica, plus information on registering, insuring and making it road legal once the paperwork is completed...

Whether behind the wheel of a car or motorbike, drivers in Costa Rica have to make sure that their vehicles are registered, insured and roadworthy. In this section there is detailed information on vehicle insurance and the roadworthiness test required in order for certain types of vehicle to drive legally in Costa Rica.

In the market for a car? This section covers the processes and paperwork involved in buying a new car in Costa Rica, as well as details on how to go about the private purchase and re-registering of a second-hand used car.

Thinking of bringing a car from your home country? Details on the registration, taxes and customs requirements needed to import a car or bike to Costa Rica can be found here.