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Buying or Selling a Vehicle in Costa Rica?

Buying or Selling a Vehicle in Costa Rica? We can help with your Vehicle Registration – Transfer Process.

Vehicle ownership must be transferred with the help of a lawyer / notary by law, so If you’re buying or selling a vehicle in Costa Rica, you’ll want our help to complete the paperwork process that is involved in transferring a car’s title.

We check the car’s title on the Public Registry (Registro Nacional) to make sure that the car does not have another owner and that there are no outstanding fees due.

The following documents are needed to buy a used car:

  • The seller must provide the original car title (Certificado de Propiedad)
  • Both the buyer and seller must have official ID. (passport or cédula)
  • The Notary Public creates a bill of sale (Escritura de Traspaso) which is signed by both the buyer and the seller. This document is submitted to and recorded in the National Registry (Registro Nacional) which takes about a month
  • The Notary Public returns the new title to the new owner.
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