Costa Rica Vehicle Inspection Requirement – RITEVE
Every vehicle that circulates in Costa Rica is required to have a valid inspection sticker. The inspection is carried out by a private company referred to locally as RITEVE and which has inspections stations in various inspection points of Costa Rica. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that the vehicles comply with basic safety standards established by the manufacturer and with the applicable traffic regulations of Costa Rica.
Once you pass the inspection you will be issued the inspection sticker which must be attached to the windshield of your car.
You can view the different inspection stations below and obtain an appointment on the Riteve website: http://rtv.co.cr
In order to prepare for the RTV inspection you should ensure that the following is functioning properly.
Windshield in good condition with no chips in the glass
Doors in working order
Gas cap fitting correctly
Front and Rear Bumper property attached
License plate light is working
Brake lights are working
Turn signals are working
Headlights – low and high beam working
Muffler and Emission controls in proper condition
Tires in good condition
License plate number clearly visible.