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Digital Signature for Individuals


Digital signature certificates from "CA SINPE - Persona Física" are processed and issued by registration offices created for that purpose at the various SINPE member entities. To obtain a digital signature certificate, you should make an appointment. 


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Digital Signature:  Set of data relating to an electronic document, whereby a signer is identified (authorship), integrity of a message is verified, and the author is associated by law to said document.


Digital certificate:  Electronic document that establishes a direct relationship with an individual’s identity in an electronic document, by means of their digital signature.


Device: It may be a card or a token. It is where the digital certificate is saved, and it may be used to generate the digital signature. 

Requirements to Obtain a Digital Certificate

Being of full age

Presenting a valid identity document


Foreigners:  Migratory Identity Document for Foreigners ("Documento de Identidad Migratorio para Extranjeros", DIMEX)


Nationals: Costa Rican identity card -the latest one issued by the Electoral Supreme Court .

These should be presented when applying for the certificate.

Should an individual had more than one identity document, they should present the one issued the latest by the corresponding authority.


Interested parties cannot have any impediments such as being legally declared as absent (i.e., when an individual is regarded as missing), or having interdictions (being legally deprived of civil rights), or being insolvent.


How can you apply for a Digital Certificate?

Digital certificates are processed by a registration office, where you must ask for an appointment, and meet the requirements and present the documents as indicated by said office. This procedure must be carried out personally.


Certificates are valid for four years, and which time users must apply for a new certificate.


If the device where your certificate is stored - whether a card or a token- becomes blocked due to wrong use of your PIN, you must request a new one and pay the corresponding charge. If your device is in optimum condition your new certificate may be stored there as well, saving you that additional cost.

Certificate Payment

• Payment by the client:  Clients who go to a registration office may pay for the total cost of this procedure. Charges are defined in a private relationship between the client and the entity.


• Payment by another entity: A financial entity may cover the total cost of a digital certificate for an individual, who may go to any registration office to have his/her certificate issued. In these cases, the registration office may not charge anything to the client, but it should be noted that each registration office may decide which clients it will serve. Therefore, it is important to go there only with an appointment.

How can digital certificates be used?

Considering/Because a digital certificate allows its owner to authenticate their identity and to sign electronically, with the digital signature having the same legal validity as a written signature, digital certificates have many uses:


Authentication in sites: If you have a digital certificate you will no longer need a password for each site. To easily and safely log on to bank websites and any other site offering this service you will only need your certificate.


Using your electronic signature: With your certificate you may sign electronic documents, thereby avoiding you from having to go anywhere to sign with your written signature. You may sign legal documents, certifications, and any other kind of document that previously required your written signature.


To learn more about Law No. 8454 and about digital certificates, please visit the page of the National System of Digital Certificates

How are digital certificates actually signed?

Following is an example of how to sign a document using a digital certificate. This process changes depending on the applications used where a user will be signing.


Rules and Regulations

System of Payments Regulations (Spanish)

Complementary Rule on Digital Signature (Spanish)



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