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TO ALL FOREIGNERS

Mandatory use of DIMEX or DIDI for Interbank transactions

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In order to prevent money laundering, the provisions of Act 8204 provide:

 

"Article 39. From the use of the SINPE platform

...The central bank of Costa Rica, must guarantee that all transactions processed through SINPE, record the identity card (Cédula) number for domestic persons, the Foreign Immigrant Identification document (DIMEX) number for foreign persons and the legal identification number for legal entities, for this purpose will be carried out the technological adjustments in the SINPE and the necessary reforms to the applicable regulations..."

 

Based on these rules and regulation, as well as regulations of the Central Bank´s own, as of July 1, 2012, in every transaction processed through SINPE, you must identify the customer (payer and payee) with one of following valid documents of identity:

 

Identity Card: Document issued by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for national individuals.

 

Legal Identification Number for Legal Entities: Document issued by the National Register for corporations and public institutions.

 

Foreign Immigrant Identification Document (DIMEX): Document issued by the General Immigration Bureau for resident and those foreign natural persons credited with a special category.

 

Diplomatic Identification Document (DIDI): Document issued by the Foreign Minister of the Republic for diplomats accredited in the country.

 

In accordance with the foregoing, all foreigners who have a DIMEX or DIDI, who maintain a bank account and have not updated their bank record with the number of that document, please contact your financial institution, in order to continue using the services of interbank transfers offered by the SINPE.

 

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