Police Record Requirements

A criminal history record check is required of all persons over 16 who apply for Costa Rican temporary or permanent residency. Police records must be issued by the proper authority in your state or province of residence, such as the State Police.

  • If you have lived in one state or province in the last five years, you must submit one criminal history check from the proper authority.

  • If you have lived in more than one state or province in the last five years, you must submit criminal history checks issued by the proper authorities in all states or provinces.

  • If you have lived as a legal resident in a foreign country for less than five years, you must submit one criminal history check from the proper authority in your home state or province and one from the proper authority in your foreign country of legal residence.

  • If you have lived as a legal resident of a foreign country for more than five consecutive years and have not visited your home country for more than 30 consecutive days during that time, you must submit one criminal history check from the proper authority in your foreign country of residence.

Your criminal history check must be issued and date stamped no more than six months from the date you submit your application.

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*Source: US Dept of State

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Jacqueline Marie Monacell

Jacqueline Monacell is the founder and president of Your Costa Rica Contact and has been living and working in Costa Rica since 1994. She has lived and studied in Spain, traveled and worked extensively throughout Central America and is completely bilingual.

Jacqui is originally from Rochester, New York where she lived until graduating from Pittsford Mendon High School. After high school she moved to New England and attended the University of New Hampshire  where she graduated cum laude with a BA in International Affairs and Spanish. She studied abroad in both Granada and Almeria, Spain. Immediately following graduation, Jacqui moved to Costa Rica and began her career.

In 1995, Jacqueline formed a strategic partnership with Car Doc SA (www.tallercardoc.com) and began working as the Central American Regional Manager with Mitchell International and Mitchell, US, software solutions companies specializing in the automotive and insurance industries. In 2002 she also began managing the regional distribution of UK-based Autodata Ltd. products. Working closely with these automotive software specialists, Jacqueline acquired extensive experience in the automotive collision and repair industry at an international level.

In 2005, Jacqui began Your Costa Rica Contact, a relocation and consulting company based in San José, Costa Rica. With her experience in the automotive industry, the company initially focused on assisting clients to find dependable transportation at fair prices. Your Costa Rica Contact gradually expanded to offer a wide variety of services for people relocating or spending extended periods of time in Costa Rica.

As an expatriate herself, Jacqui understands first-hand how difficult and frustrating the transition of relocating to Costa Rica can be and so the vision of the company today is to deliver top services at reasonable prices to foreign residents or tourists provided through YCRC's industrious and trustworthy network of local professionals.

In her free time, Jacqui enjoys playing tennis, mountain biking, cooking, reading,  riding motorcycles and spending time with her husband and dogs.