If you need more time than the initial 30 days permit that is issued to you at the border for your vehicle like we did then look no further here is what you will have to do to renew your vehicle import permit in Nicaragua. To obtain another 30 days you must visit the D.G.A. office in Managua. Scroll to the bottom of the page for gps coordinates and map to locate the office. Your vehicle does not need to be present to renew the permit but the vehicle owner listed on the title and registration must be present. You will need to bring with you:
When you enter the D.G.A. office go to the left where there is two offices behind large glass windows. Sign in on the sheet to claim your place in line. If the wait is long go outside and eat at the tienda in the parking lot. They serve only one choice a day that rotates daily. The food is good.
When your name is called you will enter the office and explain to the clerk that you would like to extend your vehicle import permit. The biggest factor we found here for a quick approval was that they want to know you are a tourist. Use the word tourist a lot and assure them that you will be leaving Nicaragua with your vehicle at some point.
They will now issue you a invoice for the new permit and you will go next door to the bank and pay the importation fee of $1 dollar a day. You can only get up to 30 days at a time issued. So if you need more you will have to return to Managua again and repeat this process. After returning from the bank enter the D.G.A. office and go to the right. There will be a row of clerks behind a counter. The person that deals specifically with your situation will be the furthest to the right when looking at the counter. You will need to show this person all the personnel and vehicle identification documents listed above. You will be issued a receipt to return the next morning and pick up your new permit. Of course nothing can be completed in one day in Central America so go enjoy the city. When you return the next morning you will enter the D.G.A. and this time go to the desk directly on your left upon entering. You will need to show them your passport for identification. They will have your permit ready and you’re done.
*Some Notes for Consideration*
While in Managua you can also extend your mandatory vehicle insurance. We used Seguros America for our insurance. If you know that you will be renewing your permit when you first purchase insurance at the border you can purchase more than 30 days at this time. Insurance through Seguros America is $12 a month for basic coverage. To purchase more insurance you will need:
Below is a map of Managua with locations and gps coordinates of both the D.G.A. vehicle import permit renewal office and vehicle insurance office (click on icons on map for gps coordinates).
Las Cabanitas, Hotel
Great location in a residential setting yet walking distance to downtown. They allow dogs and have gated secure parking. We paid $55 Dollars a night
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Renew your vehicle import permit here