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Population: 4,509,290 | Surface: 51,100 km2 | Capital: San José | Government: Presidential Republic | Moneda: Colon costarricense

Institución: Dirección General de Registro Civil | Representante: Luis Antonio Bolaños Bolaños | Página web:

Costa Rica is located in Central America and is a country that borders Nicaragua in the north, Panama in the east and south, the Pacific Ocean in the west and south and the Caribbean Sea in the east.

It is one of the most consolidated democracies in America and enjoys a good level of political and social stability, despite the economic and social difficulties of the past two decades. Constitutionally abolished its military force permanently in 1949.

Costa Rica has undergone a strong evolution in its economy, going from being an eminently agricultural country to a service economy. Costa Rica’s export revenues from traditional agricultural products, such as bananas, coffee, sugar, cocoa, and pineapple, remain important. Highlights the production of high-quality Costa Rican coffee and its export to the US market where it is highly appreciated. However, the income from the export of non-traditional products - such as flowers and mini vegetables - has greatly surpassed the previous ones.


one. Specialized agency
The Civil Registry, a dependency of the Supreme Court of Elections, is the body in charge of recording the civil and electoral vital acts and acts throughout the life of the citizens. By guaranteeing the correct registration of births and deaths, it determines the proper formation of the National Electoral Register, allowing the development of elections in the country.

two. Organization chart of the Civil Registry
It is under the authority of a Director-General, who depends directly on the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
It consists of two departments: Civil and Electoral, each in charge of a Senior Officer.
Each department has sections and offices in charge of the functions assigned to them.
The organization is divided into two sections: Civil Section and Electoral Section. The production of the identity card is the responsibility of said institution since April 7, 1947. From that date, it serves for electoral and identification purposes.

3. Functions
From the Civil Section:
It takes care of the inscriptions of the facts and vital acts, as well as the cancellations or modifications that must be practiced in any seat.
Issues records and certifications of those facts.
Know and resolve everything related to the acquisition, recovery or any modification of nationality.
To carry out its work, it has the following sections and offices: Registration, Options and Naturalizations, Legal Acts and Auxiliary Registrars.

From the Electoral Section:
Receive, process and deliver identity cards
Prepare and keep updated the Electoral Register
Deliver voter registration certificates
To carry out his work, he has the following sections and offices: Analysis and Control, Electoral Register, Certificates and Photographs, Electoral Office.

4. Identity documents in the Costa Rican system
Child Identification Card and Identity Card

5. Identification Document Name
The identity card is the name of the identification document and the Civil Registry has been in charge of its issue since 1947, assuming an electoral and identification role.

6. Formalities
Identity card, Birth, marriage and death certificates, among others, Minor Identification Card (TIM)

7. Contact
Aptdo No. 2163-1000 San José, Costa Rica

8. Main Regulations
The Constitution of Costa Rica was approved in 1949 and establishes the functions of the Civil Registry under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Electoral Court. That same year the Supreme Electoral Court agreed to unify the archives of civil and electoral registers in a single body, mentioned in article 104 of the Constitution.
Law No. 7688 Identity Card for Costa Ricans from Twelve to Eighteen and its Regulations (except minors married Articles 3, 4 and 7.)
Law No. 51 of RC, of ​​1881, which attributed competence in RC matters to mayors and consuls abroad.
Organic Law No. 3504 of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal and the Civil Registry of 1965