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U.S. Embassy Panama
Consular Section
American Citizens Services Unit
 
The American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. citizens that we will be visiting Boquete, Chiriqui on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 to provide passport, notarial, and federal benefits services to U.S. Citizens.
 
WHERE ,WHEN, AND RSVP:
  
Boquete: Wednesday, January 18, 10am-2pm at the Hotel Valle del Rio, Palmira Salon (Camino Valle Escondido, Bajo Boquete.)  Please register below according to the service that you require:
 
 
HOW TO PAY FOR PASSPORT AND NOTARIAL SERVICES (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):
 
The Embassy will only accept payment by local banker’s cashier check (known in Spanish as “Cheque Certificado”) made payable to “U.S. Embassy Panama”, issued within the past five months.  The Embassy will NOT accept cash or credit card payments.  The notarial fee is $50 per each signature of the Consular Officer.  A list of passport fees can be found here.  Other than passport and notarial services, all other services are no-fee.
 
WHAT TO BRING FOR PASSPORT, NOTARIAL, AND LPR ABANDONMENT SERVICES:
 
Passports: For adult passport renewals (remember that you can complete passport renewals by mail!), in addition to the completed DS-82 application, provide one recent color photo with a white background that measures 5x5 cm (2X2 inches),  your passport, and a photocopy of the photo page of your passport.  The fee for an adult passport renewal is currently $110.  If your previous passport was lost or stolen you will also need to bring a copy of the police report and the fee for the new passport is $135.  For minor passport renewals, in addition to the completed DS-11 application, bring a copy of the photo page of the minor’s passport, a copy of both parents’ passports /cedulas, one recent color photo with a white background that measures 5x5 cm (2X2 inches) and a copy of the minor’s birth certificate, in addition to the original birth certificate and passport/ cedulas.  The fee is currently $105.00 for a minor (under 16) passport renewal.    The minor and both parents or guardians must appear in person.  If only one parent is present in Panama, the “Statement of Consent from Absent Parent” Form DS-3053, notarized in the U.S., is required.  Please note that the DS-3053 will not be accepted if notarized in Panama.
 
Notarizations: Here is the link with details. If you are requesting the notarization of your driver’s license, bring a photocopy of the front and back page of your license, as well as your license.  If you are requesting notarization of benefits documents, bring the original and a copy of the document(s) showing the amount of benefits you receive monthly or annually.  The notarial fee is $50.00 for each signature of the Consular Officer.
 
LPR Abandonment: Bring completed form I-407 and a photocopy of your Permanent Resident Card, as well as your Permanent Resident Card.
 
WHAT TO BRING FOR FEDERAL BENEFITS SERVICES (please bring legible copies of all documents to be submitted):
 
SSA Proof of Life: If you are required to comply with this requirement this year (i.e. your SSN ends in 00 thru 49; you receive benefits for someone else; you are age 90 or over), please bring your cedula or passport.
 
Medicare Enrollment/Cancellation: To enroll in Medicare, you should complete and sign this form and to cancel your enrollment please complete and sign this form. 
 
Social Security Replacement Card: Bring a copy of your valid U.S. passport and completed form SS-5FS.
 
Social Security Card for child under 12: Bring a copy of the U.S. passport for one of the parents, the child’s “copia integra” birth certificate, and the child’s U.S. passport (as well as copies) as well as completed form SS-5FS.
 
Change of Address for Social Security: Bring your current passport or cedula.
 
International Direct Deposit Enrollment:  If you wish to enroll, please send an e-mail to Panama-FBU@state.gov to request the form.
 
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
 Sincerely,
 
American Citizens Services
 U.S. Embassy Panama
·         See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Panama Country Specific Information. 
·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
·         Contact the U.S. Embassy in Panama, located at Building 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Avenue Clayton, Panama, at +507-317-5030, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +507-317-5000. 
·         Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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21 minutes ago, MarkoBoquete said:

When I try to sign up for passport services, it says "sold out." Is that real or just a political comment? 

Email Citizen Services at panama-ACS@state.gov. They should be able to tell you, and/or you can plead your case.

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Has anybody had their photo done for passport here in the David/Boquete area recently?  Bill and I need to get our passport renewed .  It would be nice to get it done here.  We've had problems before locally with photos not being accepted as they did not meet requirements.  If anybody has information on photographers please let me know where you had yours taken?  thanks   Alison

 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Bonnie said:

I got my E Cedula photo at Mailboxes, Etc. They appear to know all the requirements for all types of photos. I have heard anyone complain.

Hum....Ok.   Last ones we had done by a photog in David who "knew the requirements".......he didn't.   Ok for an E Cedula but not for Uncle Sam.

Alison

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7 minutes ago, Brundageba said:

Hum....Ok.   Last ones we had done by a photog in David who "knew the requirements".......he didn't.   Ok for an E Cedula but not for Uncle Sam.

Alison

Arrocha does U.S. passport photos.  Upstairs in the photo dept.  I had mine done there, and it was perfect for the US passport.

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I just talked to a friend who had a passport photo taken at Mailboxes less than two months ago and successfully renewed her passport with it. I'm very thankful we have this local resource.

Arturo posted the following on CL last July:

 

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