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Before renting a car in Costa Rica, consider these car rental regulations:

Age: In Costa Rica, the minimum age to rent or drive a rented vehicle is 21 years.

Documents: The renter and any additional drivers must present a valid driving license and passport from their country. In addition, the credit card holder (the credit card owner) must sign paperwork such as the rental agreement and other documents.

Driving License: Valid driving licenses issued in your state or country are acceptable, as well as international licenses.

Deposit: In Costa Rica, all car rental companies require a deposit to cover deductibles imposed by insurance policies or optional coverages. It will also be used to cover any violation of the conditions and rules present in the vehicle rental agreement.

The amount of this deposit depends on the size, type, and age of the driver of the car (starts at $800) and is returned at the end of the rental period.

Credit Card: A major credit card is required to rent a car. The credit card holder must be 18 years old, and the credit card must be in the name of the renter. We require a credit approval to be obtained in advance for an amount not less than $750.00 as a deposit plus the estimated rental charges.


We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, and JCB cards. Debit cards and cash are accepted to process the rental car charge, but debit or check cards are not acceptable to cover the deposit.

Payment Options: The renter must present a major credit card at the time of rental. Rental charges must be paid upfront in cash or on the credit card of the Renter or any authorized additional driver.

For quality service, you can provide us with all your personal information on the reservation form. The car rental service does not charge any amount for the rental service or deposit on your credit card until you have received the vehicle.

If you require our express service (delivery) to another location, we have to verify your credit card 24 hours before the rental date.

During the high season (from November to April), we receive many reservations, and these payment options may change… but you will be notified in advance of any special requirement.

Vehicle Rental Insurance and Optional Coverages: TPL “Third-Party Liability” is Mandatory and will cover damages caused to another person’s property in Costa Rica. Optional coverages like CDW, theft, vandalism, bodily injury liability are available, plus the API protection which reduces some deductibles in the event of a collision of the rented car.

Taxes: On July 1, 2019, the State of Costa Rica imposed a 13% sales tax on general services, including car rentals or if charged for damages, parts, fines, or other additional services.

SERVICE Car Rental offers free shuttle and pick-up service in the main metropolitan area of Costa Rica, Juan Santamaria International Airport SJO and Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia (LIR).

Vehicles rented at a Service location and returned to another location located more than 12 kilometers may be subject to a transfer/return fee. If a delivery charge applies to your reservation, your confirmation will contain information about the delivery charge.

Roadside Assistance: Our company has a roadside assistance program to assist our customers in case of any situation like mechanical problems or accidents, for example; If the car breaks down, we will provide a second car at your location.

Additional Drivers: Additional drivers can be added to the vehicle rental agreement at a daily cost starting at $2.99 per driver. The additional driver must meet the same requirements as the Renter.

Fuel: Vehicles must be returned with the same amount of fuel as rented, to avoid a fuel replenishment charge per gallon.

Geographical Driving Restrictions: Due to insurance restrictions, the car rental service does not allow its vehicles to leave the area of Costa Rica.

Child Safety Seats: Baby seats and booster seats are available at all locations at a cost of $3.5 per day.

Maps: Maps of Costa Rica are available for free at the rental counter.

Note: Feel free to email us if you need more information, have questions, or concerns.