US Passport Renewal and FM# updates

Our passports were due to expire the end of July.
Back in the good ole USofA it took 6-8 weeks to process a renewal – so in May we took our passports and the completed renewal forms we printed from the internet over to the US Consulate for submission for renewal. They handle that for you you know? Well they don’t actually do it there! But they transport the documents via diplomatic bag.
Anyway, we were informed that it would only take about a week to process our renewals WHAT! and that if we did it now our renewal date would change to May DOUBLE WHAT.
So anyway again, we brought all our paperwork back home and put that process away until July.
July 7 we turned in all our paperwork, and bonus we used our US CreditCard for payment and since technically we paid in US funds, on US property there were no additional fees for the CC service WOOHOO. Renewal fee was 75US per person by the way.
We returned to the Consulate on Tuesday the 15th and signed and picked up our new passports. Complete with new and different passport number, and electronic tracking device. I HATE THAT THIS THING CAN TRACK ME ANYWHERE!!!!!
So then I asked myself what about our FM#’s – they have a different passport number associated with them, AND our old passports had a special page with FM# stuff on it anlong with jailhouse photo.
So today I went to the Immigration office to inquire – see how concerned I was – I waited like what 2 whole weeks. Immigration wasn’t in the leastr concerned. It will all be handled when our FM#’s come up for renewal again!
So there you have it!

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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4 Responses to US Passport Renewal and FM# updates

  1. Tom and Debi says:

    Canucka, Steve, and Theresa – It was all really easy. We did have to get new photos, which was the only tough part because the ladies at Omega insisted that the size they gave us was OK, even though the size on the renewal form, downloaded from the internet, was different. These ladies are the professionals, they know what’s what! YEAH RIGHT! The photos were indeed the wrong size, just fine for MX documents, but for USofA docs. We were adamant that they give us a new set, in the correct size, free of charge. They did, and as luck would have it Tom and I were both wearing cream or white, and the background was a white sheet, so we are floating dis-embodied heads. Very Pretty!Debi

  2. Another friend renewed his passport and then later had to do his FM3 renewal. There was no problem whatsoever. He just made photocopies of the new passport and they never asked about the old. Of course,TIM so your mileage may vary. Did you need new photos?regards,Theresa

  3. Steve Cotton says:

    Perhaps we will have a Paul Harvey moment in the future — when we hear “the rest of the story.”

  4. CancunCanuck says:

    That’s great, sounds like the embassy (consulate?) has it together. I had a similar experience getting my Canadian passport, easy peasy, fresh and breezy! Good for you for checking in with INM, you never know what is going to put a bee in their bonnet, I’m surprised they didn’t want to make note of the change.Felicidades!

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