How to Obtain a Mexican Passport

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A government-issued passport grants Mexican citizens international travel rights and legal exit and entry into the country of Mexico. It also serves as proof of identification and citizenship for the Mexican national entitled to it. A Mexican passport can be obtained through a simple application process at a local consulate provided your Mexican citizenship is recognized by the country.

Things You'll Need

  • Proof of citizenship
  • Valid photo ID
  • 2 passport photos
  • Passport fees
  • Locate the Mexican consulate nearest you (see Resources) and request the Mexican Ordinary Passport Application (OP5). Due to the high volume of Mexican passport applicants, it is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment before proceeding with the application process. The OP5 form is also available for download (see Resources).

  • Provide proof of your Mexican nationality by presenting any of the following documents: original birth certificate, certificate of Mexican nationality, declaration of Mexican nationality, naturalization card or citizen identity card issued by the interior ministry.

  • Submit one form of photo ID. Valid forms of identification include a voter registration card, proof of graduation, citizen identity card and various professional certificates. Verify the other documents accepted by your local consular if you cannot provide any of these.

  • Submit at least two color passport photographs 4.5 by 3.5 cm in size. They must be a frontal portrait of the face taken against a white background and without any glasses or anything worn on the head. The photos must be taken no more than 30 days previous to your passport application being processed.

  • Visit the SRE website to prepare the applicable passport fees. Ordinary passports will have a validity of one, three, six or 10 years depending on the age of the applicant and are therefore priced differently. Submit your complete passport application and payment at your appointment with the Mexican Consulate and expect to receive your passport within two to three weeks.

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