IVO HENFLING | JANUARY 16, 2015
Those who own a vehicle in Costa Rica should know about RITEVE or the Vehicle Inspection in Costa Rica. Why?
If you don’t carry a valid RITEVE sticker on the right side of your windshield, you are bound to receive a ticket and a traffic inspector can confiscate your license plates.
The Riteve sticker, the Marchamo sticker and the 3rd license plate are the three stickers you should worry about having it always up to date in Costa Rica if you don’t want to run into trouble with the law.
Costarican traffic law obliges every vehicle owner in Costa Rica to have the vehicle inspected once a year by Riteve, to ensure that the vehicle complies with the safety standards and traffic regulations of Costa Rica and those established by the manufacturer to be able to circulate.
Where is RITEVE?
RITEVE or RTV means Revisión Técnica Vehicular or Tecnical Vehicle Revision. Riteve offers 13 revision stations in different locations throughout the country as well as 4 mobile units. Click on the map below, this will take you to the RITEVE map. You can click on the location closest to your home and make an appointment directly from there or by calling 905-788-000.
Click on the map to get your next RITEVE appointment
Before the vehicle can be inspected, Riteve will first identify the vehicle by controlling the VIN number, the chassis number and the license plates. Then Riteve will inspect the vehicle thoroughly inside-out. The inspections have the fundamental purpose to increase the level of road safety and quality of the air by detecting anomalies that affect the essential components of the vehicle and the quality of the environment.
Ongoing RITEVE Vehicle Inspection
When is it your turn for the Riteve inspection?
- If your vehicle is less than 5 years old, you have to get your vehicle inspected every 2 years.
- If your vehicle is older than 5 years, you have to get your vehicle inspected every year.
Check the last number of your license plate, for the month of your inspection:
How does your RITEVE Sticker look like?
Import a vehicle
When you bring your own vehicle when you move to Costa Rica or import a car from another country, before the car is allowed to circulate, you will need to take the vehicle for the Riteve inspection first for approval. For 2015, vehicles have to measure in kilometers per hour so imported cars from the US have to be adjusted.
Purchase a used vehicle
When you purchase a used car in Costa Rica, play it safe and oblige the seller to get the car RITEVE approved before you purchase. Many used car dealers have the bad habit of rolling back the odometer to alter the mileage. RITEVE, starting 2015, will start taking inventory of the amount of kilometers of each car on each inspection.
An amazing amount of those used cars (mostly sold by used car dealerships) seem to have wrecked or salvaged and are patched up before they are offered for sale in Costa Rica. Before you purchase a used car that comes from the US, check it on CarFax first. You will be amazed to see how easy it is to purchase cars like that from the US yourself, check here. If you purchase a vehicle like that, you might have some surprises waiting for you at your first RITEVE inspection.
Check first if the used car you're buying was wrecked or salvaged
What will Riteve check?
The Riteve checklist is a mile long but emission control is one of the most important of the list of revisions. I find it easier to ask my mechanic to take the car a week before my Riteve inspection is up, check everything thoroughly and he will make the appointment for the inspection and take it there himself. Unless you are a mechanic yourself or know a lot about cars, why bother trying to do it yourself if you don’t have a clue what will need to get fixed and how?
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