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November 23rd, 2014
If you own a car here in Costa Rica, you probably already know what is marchamo. Marchamo is paid every December and gives you the right to take your car out of the garage (or wherever) and drive it in Costa Rica, i.e. “circulate”. There are over 1 million cars in Costa Rica. The marchamo payment includes mandatory liability insurance, property tax, sales and other taxes and any traffic fines that you have failed to pay. Depending on the age and model of your car, marchamo is by no means cheap. Interested in this topic? Read On!
Marchamo is paid to The National Insurance Institute, El Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS). Payment is pretty simply. To find out how much you need to pay, you simply visit this web site. For automobile owners, you select “PARTICULAR” from the drop down box for Tipo de vehiculo. Enter your license plate number in the box: “Número de placa:” Enter the anti-spam code and press “Consultar” and you will see what you need to pay. For my car, a 2009 Nissan, I will need to pay ₡247,056 (colones), about $460.00 on or before 31 December of face a fine of ₡47,000 (about $85) and having my plates confiscated.
If you have a cell phone, you can also send a text (SMS) with the word MARCHAMO followed by your license plate number to 1467. I have not tested this.
Of the ₡247,056 I will pay, it is allocated to:
|SEGURO OBLIGATORIO DE AUTOMOVILES||18,975.00|
|APORTE AL CONSEJO DE SEGURIDAD VIAL||10,317.00|
|IMPUESTO A LA PROPIEDAD DE VEHICULOS (Propery Tax)||213,200.00|
|IMPUESTO A FAVOR DE LAS MUNICIPALIDADES||200.00|
|TIMBRE FAUNA SILVESTRE||104.00|
|LEY 7088 Y REF.||1,793.00|
|IMPUESTO DE VENTAS (13%)||2,467.00|
The biggie is the property tax.
You will also have have the option to purchase other services. This include:
SEGURO SU VIDA (life insurance)
SEGURO RESPONSABILIDAD CIVIL (Increased liability)
SEGURO ASISTENCIA EN CARRETERA (roadside assistance)
SEGURO MAS PROTECCION
How much will be your marchamo varies according to the year, make of the vehicle. It is still not cheap even for older cars. My wife will pay about $150.00 for her 2001 Honda.
I normally pay my marchamo online via my bank, and I am pretty sure all Costa Rica banks permit online payment. I then go to my local bank about 24 (business) hours later to get the window sticker and paperwork. There are also about a zillion other payment locations as eveidence by the “Pago Marchamo” signs all over the country.
To pay your marchamo, vehicle owners must present a valid ID (cedula, drivers license, passport) and be able to show proof that you are up-to-date with (RITEVE), the mandatory vehicle inspection.
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