Legal Services

  1. Application for Certificate of Delinquency
  2. Power of Attorney

 

1.Application for Certificate of Delinquency

Process

If you reside outside of Costa Rica and need to get your Certificate of Delinquency, you will have to make a specific request (in a letter) to the Consulate. The application letter must be sent to the Consulate via email to consul@costaricabembassy.co.uk and it must indicate:

  • Applicant’s full name
  • Copy of applicant’s identity card ( cédula de identidad) or passport
  • Applicant’s date of birth
  • Full name of both of the applicant’s parents
  • Full name, copy of identity card (cédula de identidad), and phone number of the person in Costa Rica who is authorized to pick up the applicant’s certificate of Delinquency

This process has no additional cost.

2.Power of Attorney

Process

Before coordinating your appointment for the signing of the document, you must sent a draft of the document to the Consulate via email to jaguilar@rree.go.cr, in order to verify if it is necessary to process the document as a public instrument and which documents the applicant must provide.

There are two kinds of process, depending on the content of the Power of Attorney:

  • Authentication: The document does not need to be registered in the Public Registry and it is not necessary to process it as a part of the Consul’s Log Book. The applicant can bring the printed power of attorney and sign it in front of the Consul, who will authenticate your signature. In these cases, the consular fee will be $50.00, payable in sterling pounds. Before scheduling your appointment for the signing of the document, the applicant must send a copy of the document to the Consulate via email, to verify whether or not it should be processed as a public instrument.

  • As a public instrument:

1.For Individuals:

In order to request a power of attorney, the applicant must provide the following documents:

  • Send a draft of the document written by a lawyer in Costa Rica, specifying the circumstances, full names, marital status, profession or trade and exact living address of the parties. This must be send as a Word document to the Consulate’s email.
  • Valid passport or identity card (cédula de identidad) of the person signing the power.
  • A copy of the identification document of the person that will receive the power in Costa Rica. If this person is Costa Rican, please present a copy of his/her identity card (cédula de identidad).

Once you have these documents, please contact the Consulate to schedule an appointment.

Cost:  Please ask for the cost of this service when you schedule your appointment.

Processing time: About an hour.

Once the power has been granted, this must be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Costa Rica to authenticate the signature of the Consul. Depending on the kind of power, it might also need to be registered with the National Registry once the signature of the Consul has been authenticated.

2.  For corporations:

In order to request a power of attorney, the legal representative that will be giving it must provide the following documents to the Consulate:

  • Send a draft of the power written by a lawyer in Costa Rica, specifying the circumstances of the legal representatives, the parties, their full names, marital status, profession or trade and exact living address. This must be sent as a Word document to the Consulate’s email.
  • Valid passport or identity card (cédula de identidad) of the person receiving the power.
  • A copy of the identification document of the person that will receive the power in Costa Rica. If this person is Costa Rican, please present a copy of his/her identity card (cédula de identidad).
  • Certificate of Good Standing, translated to Spanish with apostille
  • A notarial certification in Spanish stating that:
  1. The person signing the power is authorized is acting on his/her capacity of (President, Vice-President, Secretary, etc) of the entity (Company name).
  2. That the entity is duly registered, with valid legal representation and that the purpose with which the power of attorney is granted is within the scope of the entity’s corporate purposes
  3. That the person signing the power has has in fact the referred authority and that his/her representation is legal.

The notarial certification requires the following authentication process

Once the power of attorney is ready to be signed, the Consulate will set an appointment with the receiving party and this person must present

    1. If he/she is Costa Rican, his/her valid identity card (cédula de identidad).
    2. If he/she is a foreigner, his/her valid passport.

Cost:  Please ask for the cost of this service when you schedule your appointment.

Processing time: Up to an hour.

Once the power has been granted, this must be taken to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Costa Rica to authenticate the signature of the Consul. Depending on the kind of power, it might also need to be registered with the National Registry once the signature of the Consul has been authenticated.

NOTE: In all cases, if the power of attorney is needed to authorize the selling of a property or vehicle, the applicant must also present the original and a copy of the ownership title of the good.