Submitted by a CC reader.
This information might be useful to your readers….
My US passport renewal, as we know, has a different number from the old passport. When I went to renew my driver’s license, I took originals and copies of what I thought were all the necessary documents: current drivers license, cedula, old passport, new passport. The unexpected wrinkle was that because there was a vehicle registered in my name with the old passport number, they would not renew my drivers license until the number on my new passport matched the number on the vehicle registration. It’s in the system (no third-world computer age here!).
To accomplish this, you have to go the Municipal building, present your old and new passports along with your vehicle registration, pay $10 at the cashier’s window, go to the Entrega Placa window for a certificacion, and take all this to the upstairs window in the Municipal building. Each window station wants (and keeps) copies of everything. Then they tell you that first you have to go to the Banco Nacional to pay $30 and get a traspaso receipt. When you return with that and all your originals and copies of everything again to the upstairs window at the Municipal building, they will issue a new vehicle registration with your new passport number. Now it is in the system, and you can go back and get your driver’s license renewed.