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  1. We renewed our passports the other day and thought I would share the process in case any one is approaching their own dead line. First go to the US Embassy web-site and down load a renewal form. You need to also set an appointment at this time.There is very little to the form but it is a must have for each passport. With it , a copy of your appointment, old passport, and $121.00 per passport you go to San Jose. From San Ramon there is a little shorter way to get to the Embassy than the way I go, but it is hard to miss the land marks my way. I take Hy1 toward San Jose until I see the Hilton Crown Plaza on my right. I turn right, then left at the big Football Stadium. The second street on your right is 104. There is no sign but there is a tall apartment building on the corner. Stay on 104 in the right lane until you see the Embassy.(it is a good ways to the Embassy but it is to large to miss) Turn right at the light before the Embassy and there is parking on your right. There will be a long line outside, do not stand in the line. Walk up to the guard at the door and show him your appointment, he will have you stand to side of the entrance. In two weeks or less you will get an e-mail saying you can pick up your new passport. Believe it or not this will take longer to do than when you applied for it. They do not call pick ups until everybody else has been served. Plan on 11:00 am. That's all it is to it. Good luck Ed & Janie
  2. Hi everyone, So I tried Mark's nifty search on google, but the results I was looking for didn't come up (For the record, type in "topic" (whatever it is you're looking for) and "site:forums.arcr.net") That being said, does anyone how long before your CR driver's license expires that you're allowed to renew it? Ours expire next Feb,but if we can, we'd like to renew them in Dec or Jan. Thank you! regards, Gayle
  3. I have not seen this particular topic come up on the forums so will throw it out. I need to renew my 2-year old Residente Temporal in September and will probably use the services of BCR if able to. My USA passport expired 15 months ago and for reasons I won't go into now, I was unable to renew it. I have also been living in Costa Rica for the past consecutive 17 months. Will I need to produce a valid passport to renew? A Tico attorney friend suggested that in lieu of presenting a current passport, a birth certificate is acceptable. However, I thought they wanted to see a passport to validate if I have met the 4 or 6 month or whatever the current requirement is for living within the boundaries of Costa Rica during a 12-month period.
  4. Hola Gentle Forumsers, I've started this thread here since parts of the discussion may not be completely on-topic to CR. I found I needed to renew my US Passport before I returned to CR this time round since CR requires a minimum of 6 months of remaining validity on one's US Passport for CR Immigration to allow you into the country, and I do not believe that having current valid residency status overrides this requirement. So... I sent my old passport off (as required) with my renewal application and with the required fee plus the 'hurry-up surcharge' becasue I was expecting to leave at the end of April. My new passport arrived yesterday (MON) 4/21 after having been mailed of to the US Dept of State - Passport Division on 4/12. So it took only two weeks for them to do the expedited renewal and send it bakc to me; thst's a pretty quick turnaround. Now here's my concern (and FYI I will phone the Division tom'w)... This is my fourth pasppsort and each time previously when I received my new passoport the old one came back with the renewed one. Not this time. So I'm hoping that it is headed back to me under separate cover. (Fingers X-ed!) But if it doesn't, I can see a couple potential problems arising in CR with of my businesses or accounts that may eventually want me to renovar mis datos, most likely my banks there. So I guess my question resolves to: Has anyone here on the Forums had to renovar sus datos at your bank, etc., after renewing your passport, but without your old passport available to present as verification, for any reason? Did you have any difficulty in doing so and/or how was the problem resolved with only your new passport to present. Well I am hoping that the Passport Division will have my old passport or that they have already sent it back to me but it just hasn't arrived yet. If it doesn't show up or they have destroyed it I do have photocopies of my old passport and am hoping that those might serve given the possibility that I may not get my old passport back. I'll report back what I learned after calling the Passport Division tom'w. ¡Puros Pasaportse! Paul M. ==
  5. We just did this, the actual process was pretty easy. We paid the DL fee here at Banco Nacional (we could have done it online, but we wanted the bank receipts), then went to San Ramon where we went to a Medico for the "exam", where we were asked a few questions about our health, had our BP checked, and an eye exam. Since there were only a couple Medicos open at the time, the one we went to charged about C15,000 each for it. She then gave us a number that had been transmitted online to COSEVI to take with us on a little post-it. We then walked down the hill to the COSEVI/MOPT office, where we had to wait to see the Jefe because we had to change from passport numbers to Cedula numbers on our license. Before hand we were told to bring copies of our CR drivers license, cedula (front and back), and passports (info page and latest entry stamp). It took about 15 minutes, then we had to sign the bottoms of all the copies, and the printouts showing that we acknowledged them as correct. Next we waited in line for one of the camera operators, where we presented our old DL, cedula, payment receipts from BN, and the little post-it with the number from the Medico. We also updated our address & phone number with a copy of the first page of our rental agreement, as we had no bills. 15-20 minutes later we were out with our old and new license. We were renewed for 6 years. The only thing is that you have to call the San Ramon office in advance because the Jefe is not always there, he also works in another office, but the days are not fixed. This is only if you need to change from passport number to cedula. Dana ps: We were also told that next renewal we just have to go to BN, we don't have to go to COSEVI in San Ramon. Also, a question, our new lics does not show our blood type, like the old one did. This the same for you all?

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