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President Alvarado vetoes marchamo discount; payments start today

President Carlos Alvarado vetoed legislation that would have discounted Costa Rica’s mandatory vehicle circulation permits, or marchamos.

Legislative Assembly approves marchamo discount, again

For the second straight year, Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly has approved a discount on the mandatory vehicle circulation permits, or marchamos. Deputies approved the project on...

News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Thursday

We hope you're reading this with a delicious Costa Rican coffee or traditional gallo pinto. Here's the Costa Rica (and regional) news you should know on Thursday, October 29.

Riteve due dates extended in response to pandemic-related closures

Have a car in Costa Rica with an expiring inspection sticker? You likely have another month to pass the annual checkup. 

‘Tis the season – to pay your vehicle circulation permit

More than 1.5 million vehicles are expected to pay the marchamo this year for a total collection of $395 million.

Transit police confiscate hundreds of license plates for failure to pay marchamo

More than 100 license plates have been seized by police all over the country from drivers who failed to pay the annual marchamo tax by the Dec. 31, 2016 deadline.

Vehicle insurance costs to go up in November

A spike of almost 30 percent in the number of traffic accidents recorded in Costa Rica during first eight months of this year prompted an increase in the price of the mandatory automobile insurance for 2017.

Collection of ‘marchamo,’ vehicle circulation fee, starts Monday

Vehicle owners in Costa Rica can find out exactly how much they owe for the yearly circulation permit, "marchamo," starting Monday on the INS website, by text or by calling a toll free number.

Riteve vehicle inspection rates not going up

The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) rejected Spanish private contractor Riteve's request to increase rates for mandatory vehicle inspections for the 10th consecutive year.

Taxi fares in Costa Rica to drop again

Taxi fares in Costa Rica will drop 3 to 20 percent following new guidelines from the Public Services Regulatory Authority, despite opposition from drivers.

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