Why carry an IDP while driving in Costa Rica?

Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world – it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit.

It translates your identification information into 12 languages — so it speaks the language even if you don’t. Costa Rica highly recommends an International Driving Permit.

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Driving Rules in Costa Rica

Hike, trail, and relax in Costa Rica. Enjoy fun activities  and nature-centered adventure of this place. Enjoy your trip even more by driving your own car! Know the traffic regulations so your experience will be to the fullest. 

Important Reminders

  • You drive on the right side of the road.
  • The minimum age to drive is 18 years old. The minimum age to rent a car is 25 years old.
  • Seat belt is a must so do buckle up.
  • Hands-free is a must. Keep your phones away unless they are hands-free.
  • Locals tend to drive spiritedly and aggressively so keep your eyes on the road at all times.
  • Courtesy to others is observed. Be sure to give way to pedestrians.
  • Maximum permissible levels of alcohol driving in Costa Rica is 0.5 g/l.
  • Speed limits are 40 km/h on urban areas, 80 km/h on highways with some exceptions where you are allowed to drive 90 or even 100 km/h.

Driving in the Winter

Costa Rica has a tropical climate with an average of 27°C (81°F) throughout the year so it is almost impossible to see snow on its landscape. No worries there. 

Enjoy your hike, zip line through the forest and jump from the waterfall! Safe travels.  

How to get your IDP

We’ve streamlined the application process down by creating a platform that guides you so you know exactly what you’ll need to successfully complete your application

1. Apply Online

Start your application for International Driver's License here.​​

2. Upload Photos

Make sure to upload an updated photo and with the correct parameters.​

3. Get approved

Wait for your confirmation and you are ready to go!​

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Get an International Driver's Permit for $49

+ International Replacement

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