Costa Rica has sent out 124,853 documents to foreign lands under the new apostille system, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said Wednesday.
The new system went into effect in December 2011 and eliminated the need for consular approval of official documents. That also is the case of foreign documents coming into Costa Rica.
The ministry said that the bulk of the documents that receive its blessing come from the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, the Dirección Nacional de Notariado, the Ministerio de Educación Pública, the Registro Nacional and professional organizations. They may be birth, marriage or divorce documents, academic degrees, property titles and similar.
The apostille system, government by an international convention, is seen as a way to increase the competitivity of the country, said the ministry.
Most expats encounter this system when they seek foreign documents to complete their residency application.