Costa Rica Residency Renewal

Once you have your Costa Rican residency, it will be suitable for a limited time before it needs to be renewed.

For example:
  •  1 year – for “Work Permit” and “Spouse of CR”.
  • 2 years – for “Pensionado”, “Rentista” and “Investor”.
  • 2 – 5 years – for Permanent Residency (depending on the category).

After that, you need to renew it. And here we are to help you with it.
Contact us if your Residency is about to expire.


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Importance of Renewing the DIMEX on Time

The DIMEX (Documento de Identificación Migratorio para Extranjeros) is an identification document issued to foreigners living in Costa Rica. It is important to renew the DIMEX on time for several reasons.

  1. Legality: The DIMEX is a legal requirement for foreigners living in Costa Rica. Failure to renew it on time can lead to fines, legal complications, and even deportation. By renewing it on time, foreigners can ensure their legal status in the country.
  2. Access to Services: The DIMEX is often required to access various services in Costa Rica, such as healthcare, education, and banking. Without a valid DIMEX, foreigners may face obstacles in accessing these services, which can greatly affect their daily lives and well-being.
  3. Employment Opportunities: Many employers in Costa Rica require a valid DIMEX to hire foreign workers. By renewing the DIMEX on time, foreigners can ensure they have the necessary documentation to continue working legally in the country and to take advantage of employment opportunities.
  4. Travel: The DIMEX is a valid identification document for foreigners traveling within Costa Rica. It is necessary to have a valid DIMEX to board domestic flights, check into hotels, and carry out various activities. By renewing the DIMEX on time, foreigners can avoid any travel disruptions or inconveniences.
  5. Integration: The DIMEX plays a crucial role in the integration of foreigners into Costa Rican society. It allows them to participate fully in the community, establish social connections, and enjoy the rights and benefits of residents in the country. By renewing the DIMEX, foreigners can continue their integration process smoothly.

In conclusion, renewing the DIMEX on time is of utmost importance for foreigners living in Costa Rica. It ensures legal compliance, access to services, employment opportunities, smooth travel experiences, and successful integration into the local community. Foreigners should make it a priority to renew their DIMEX before it expires to avoid any complications or inconveniences.

What do you need to get Costa Rica Residency Renewal?

Required Documents

  • Your resident card (DIMEX).
  • Your current passport.
  • Proof of continued affiliation with the Social Security (CCSS).
  • Receipt of payment to the Government for your DIMEX card renewal ($123 or $98 depending on renewal term & residency).
  • Recent Criminal Background Check (if you left Costa Rica 6 months before your renewal/expire date);
  • Letter proving income of your pension (for Pensionado);
  • Letter of the employer for the guarantee of work permit (for Work Permit);
  • Letter from the bank stating that you have $60 000 USD.

Service Price: $300


  • Verifying your CCSS
  • Power of Attorney
  • Renewal status tracking
  • Responding to feedback from immigration
  • Facilitating the issuance of your renewed residency card (DIMEX)

NOT include:

  • Obtaining legalized or apostilled papers from your country of origin


  • All prices are subject to change without notice.
  • Taxes are not included in the price.

So now you have your Residency in Costa Rica! Remember, that after a certain period of time you will need to proceed with your Residency Renewal.

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