Registro says no deadlines exist yet to exchange plates

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 also is accepting plates for exchange. Correos made the announcement Jan. 26.

Exchanging the plates at the post office requires a wait of five 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.

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