RTV Requirements: Everything You Need to Know

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As you will know, just like acquiring a house or some other particular asset, it is important to carry out a very important process. This can be of a legal or economic nature although both can go together and in some cases they are very important.

On the other hand we have cars, who in Costa Rica in addition to all the legal process that you must issue to acquire it. Every so often a review is required or what locals call a Riteve or Vehicle Technical Review (RTV).

This process in addition to being required by the government it is very important to carry out to avoid any type of damage. Which can endanger the lives of the owners and third parties.

That is why today we will tell you everything you need to know about the Riteve or automotive review. As well as all the requirements and documentation necessary to carry it out, along with tips and advice for processing it.

What is RTV?

It is the revision of the vehicle that is actively traveling within the country and its completion is mandatory. This consists of an average review of a duration of 30 minutes approximately.

This review is carried out by technicians and mechanics who belong to the Riteve institution. Nevertheless They are intended to review different aspects of the operation of the car.

In the same way, it informsnte any damage or failure that could impair the vehicle’s functionality in the short or long term. And that in this way puts the life or integrity of the owners and third parties at risk.

Requirements for RTV

According to the Riteve, the reviews will be carried out differently according to the type of review requested. Each of them will be specified below:

Enrollment RTV

This is the Technical Review mode for vehicles of first entry to the country. For this, you must enter the Unique Customs Declaration (DUA), the National Identity Document and the license according to the vehicle that is in force.

In the same way, the vehicle will be presented without the need for the owner or legal owner to appear for the review. Also present the title of ownership of the vehicle.

Data update procedure

This is mode sIt is presented when the client or owner acquires a vehicle for registration in the Property Registry. The vehicle’s title deed or, in that case, the Public Registry certificate and the National Identity Document must be consigned to this.

In some cases the license plate is required, we recommend that you consider this optional requirement. For this it is not necessary for the owner or legal owner to present himself, much less the vehicle.

Periodic RTV

On the other hand is the periodic RTV which consists of the mandatory annual inspection of the vehicle. For this you must record the title of ownership of the vehicle or in such case the certificate of the Public Registry, National Identity Document and the current driving license corresponding to the type of vehicle.

In the same way, it is essential to present the vehicle for inspection, however the presence of its owner is not necessary. It should be noted that in some cases you will be required to complete it with other documents.

Reinspection

This modality refers to when after a first periodic inspection serious damage or minor flaws were detected. And which has the purpose of corroborating the repairs suggested by the Riteve staff.

For this modality it is only necessary to consign the previous documents together with the technical review sheet. Which is issued on the first review by Riteve staff.

Voluntary RTV

Corresponds to the previous request of the owner or client before the official call. In order to know the current mechanical state of the vehicle, unlike the others, it does not have legal validity to carry out any type of procedure of this nature.

To carry out this review, the vehicle’s title deed or the Public Registry certificate will be needed. In the same way, the National Identity Document and the current driving license corresponding to the type of vehicle.

Duplicate inspection

This modality refers to when the loss or deterioration of the RTV voucher occurs and the client or owner requests a duplicate of all the RTV documents.

For this modality it is only necessary to consign the previous documents together with the vehicle. Like the other modalities, the presence of the vehicle owner is not required.

In the event that a defect is detected in the vehicle, it will not have any effect on the current RTV. The user will only be informed of the new problem or defect so that they can take the corresponding measures.

RTV Characteristics change

Corresponds to when For certain reasons, the owner or client makes a change to the vehicle, be it by category, body, engine number, among others. This does not have legal validity to carry out any type of procedure of this nature.

For this modality it is only necessary to consign the previous documents together with the vehicle. Like the other modalities, the presence of the vehicle owner is not required.

Steps to follow

Below we will show you the easiest way to complete the process to request an RTV:

  1. In the first place, you can request an appointment online within the page for the first review. After that, you will be provided with an annual date to carry out the RTV.
  2. Subsequently, you must present yourself at the Riteve facilities with the documents corresponding to the case you will present.
  3. Then the review will be carried out, which will last for 30 minutes approximately. Subsequently you will be given a proof of revision together with the technical revision sheet.
  4. Ready!

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