SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis –

12 Dec

This is the continuation of a series of posts on my blog to promote the e-book SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA – which is a Guide to… the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise… This is a guide book that will give you the kind of insider’s knowledge that you might wish you had before you made your decision to move or not move to Costa Rica.

Every blog entry will start with the appendix because that way when you read whatever else I have posted it will 1. make sense (I hope) and 2. give you a point of reference in case you realize you need to read something that is “archived”.  Because if you read every blog I enter you will have eventually read the whole e-book and won’t need to order it for $2.99 from Amazon or B&N.  All you’ll be missing are the photos that show what you might expect if you choose to undertake the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise.

As I said, I will start each blog with the appendix so that the reader can reference important elements of the book to archived blogs.  The page numbers shown are the actual page they appear on in the book. Here is the Appendix – and these are all the nuggets and their corresponding page numbers:

Definition of “nugget” – 3, Doors & Windows – 7, Manufacturing – 11, Real Estate – 11, Shipping – 12,Maps, – 15, Corporations – 20, Traffic Cops – 23, Know basic Spanish – 30, Panama – 33, Roof Line – 42, Plumita Pacifica Web Address – 65, Getting the Best a Tico has to Offer – 84, Power Surges – 86, Liberia Airport – 88, Attitude – 104, Cellular Phones – 117, Newspapers – 18, Your Embassy – 137, Buying & Selling Cars – 154, Drive Slowly – 161, Arriving at the Airport – 168, Wages & Prices – 170, Undertows – 226, Life Ring – 230, Avoiding Customs Confiscations – 234, Driving Rules – 236, Walking in the City – 249, Purchasing Anything – 258, Buying Fresh Produce – 263, Bus Tickets – 272, to “Bribe” or not to “Bribe” – 313, Traffic ticket Prices – 315, Exiting the Country – 337

And just in case you’re interested… here’s the table of contents:

Introduction and Preliminary Comments – 3, My First Trip -15, Lost in Guanacaste – Playa Coyote – 20, Trust with a Child – 26, Lost in Panama – 29, Attorneys – 35, My Contractor – 38, My Security Guard – 61, My Toldo – 67, Getting a Land Line Phone and Internet – 76, A Cellular Phone – 115, A Country Doctor – 124, A Lesson Well Learned – 130, A Little Green Frog – 138, A Little Brown Frog and a Bat – 146, A “Murphy’s Law” Day – 153, Driving in the Rainy Season – 161, Drunk Drivers – 174, Fiesta del Toros – 185, Getting a Drivers License – 195, INS and a Minor Accident – 203, Lifeguards – 224, Passing through Customs – 232, Rules of the Road for Tico Driving – 236, San Jose – 241, Shopping and Making Tamales – 250, Taking the Bus – 272, Turtles in My Front Yard – 281, Untitled – 287, When it Rains it Pours (sometimes) – 294, She Found My Lot – 307, My First Traffic Ticket – 312, Ticket # 2 – 316, My Radar Detector – 318, Ticket # 3 (after a slow speed chase) – 324, A Christmas Parade – 338, Sex (the truth about ticos) – 343, Photo Album – 347, Appendix – 374

chapter 19 continued

Ok, so what do you have to do to get a scooter driver’s license in California?

I think it’s a simple matter of going to the local DMV and pay a fee, take a written test, take a driving test and assuming you pass you’re out the door with at least a temporary license all in the same day.

She began the process of getting a license four months ago.

Here’s the process both as it normally is and as it was for her.


  1. Wait in line at the bank to pay the $10 fee that the appointment with COSEVY (I still don’t know what those letters stand for) to take the written test will cost.
  2. Go home and call to make an appointment which will be several weeks from now.
  3. Find COSEVY, which in her case was an hour and a half by car away near the town of Liberia in an inconspicuous looking building that has no signage indicating that it is the COSEVY building.  However, it is painted pale yellow with a blue stripe around it which are the COSEVY colors.
  4. Wait for your turn to take the written test, which involves using a computer.  She happens to be completely computer illiterate as most ticos over the age of 30 are.
  5. If you pass, you get to make another appointment on a different day weeks away to take the driving test.  She, not unexpectedly since she’s never driven anything other than a bicycle in her 42 years, failed.  If you fail, start over at #1 including another $10 fee.
  6. The next step after you finally pass the written test is to bring your scooter to COSEVY to take your driving test.  Don’t drive it there because you don’t have a license and driving without a license gets your vehicle confiscated immediately.
  7. If you pass you go stand in line at another bank which is fifteen minutes away in downtown Liberia to pay the next fee.  If you fail, make another appointment weeks away.
  8. Go to the Liberia airport if you passed the driving test, which is a five minute drive the other direction from COSEVY, with your proof of payment from the bank.  There you enter an office with a security guard and sign some papers.
  9. Go back to COSEVY (by now you have no trouble finding it) and they take your photo and you leave with your shiny plastic license.

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