ACS David & Boquete Meeting Announcement

Here is the announcement:

American Consul Visits Chiriqui

Attention U.S. citizens

An American Consul from the United States will be in Chiriqui to offer certain services to American citizens during the following schedule:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 – BOQUETE
Boquete, the Panama Inn Hotel,, Panamonte Inn Hotel.
from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 – DAVID
David, Hotel Nacional in David,
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


1. Applications for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.
2. Applications for U.S. passports.
3. Notarizations.
4. Registrations.
5. Voting registrations.
6. Individual assistance to citizens.

No tourist visa issues will be addressed.

Services will be provided on first come first served basis.

Thank you.


Visita de Consul Americano a Chiriqui

Atencion Ciudadanos Norteamericanos

Un consul de los Estados Unidos de America estara en la Provincia de Chiriqui para brindar ciertos servicios a los ciudadanos norteamericanos durante el siguiente horario:

Miercoles, 28 de octubre de 2009 – BOQUETE
Boquete, Hotel Panama Inn Panamonte Inn Hotel,
de 2:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m.

Jueves, 29 de octubre de 2009 – DAVID
David, Hotel Nacional de David,
de 10:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.


1. Solicitudes para reportes de nacimientos.
2. Solicitudes para pasaportes.
3. Notarizaciones.
4. Registro de ciudadanos norteamericanos.
5. Registro para votar en elecciones en los Estados
6. Asistencia individual a ciudadanos.

No estaremos procesando visas de turismo.

Se atendera por orden de llegada.


10 thoughts on “ACS David & Boquete Meeting Announcement

  1. Hi Don: I’ve lived in Boquete for the last 10 years but have never heard of the Panama Inn Hotel. Could you provide some directions?

    It isn’t the Panamonte Inn and Spar by any chance?


  2. Hi Don,
    Is it possible to get my USA drivers license (authenticated)….I believe that’s the correct word….. at this meeting in David? I hear this is the smoothest way to get a Panamanian drivers license. This could save a trip to PTY.


  3. Hi Don,
    I received another email saying that the meetings will be in David (and) Boquete both days…28-29… this correct?


  4. Hi Jason. I will send them an email and ask them your question on the driver’s icense authentication.

    The first planning email sent out by the ACS showed both days for each site, however their final message shows Boquete one day and David on one day. I would assume the later message is the correct schedule.

  5. Jason, Here is the Embassy’s reply.

    Hi Mr. Williams,

    Don’t remember if I replied to your question….if not, here is the answer for Mr. Jason (it is basically an affidavit that the he needs to complete stating that his driver’s license is valid).

    Thank you!


    We understand that the Panamanian Transportation Office requires a “validation” of your driver’s license in order to issue the new Panamanian license. Even though our offices do not provide the required validation, the Panamanian Transportation Office is accepting your affidavit, notarized before a U.S. Embassy Notary, with a copy of your driver’s license to start the process of your Panamanian driver’s license (an affidavit form, ready to fill out, is available in our offices). For your convenience, we are attaching information regarding our notary services which describes fees for certified copies as well as service hours. The Consular Section only has offices located in Panama City.

    In general, the service you are requesting takes approximately one hour after you present your documents at the Notary window (Cashier’s window). The affidavit is to be performed in person by the owner of the driver’s license.


    Location: Building 783, CLAYTON, PANAMA.
    We are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Telephone number: 207-7000.


    Documents should be prepared according to the requirements of the U.S. jurisdiction in which they will be used. The consular officer cannot prepare documents, provide legal forms, give legal advice, or accept legal responsibility for the contents of documents notarized in the Consular Section.
    Certification that Documents are signed before a U.S. Consular Officer:
    Consular officer provide notarial services only for documents to be used in the U.S. or for U.S. government transactions elsewhere. Persons signing documents or witnessing the signature on documents must bring either a Panamanian cedula or a passport. The consular section does not provide witnesses.
    The notarial fee is $30.00 for the document and $20.00 for each additional document notarized at the same time related to the same transaction. Persons signing as board members or other legal representatives of a company (president, treasurer, etc), must present the corporate documents showing the position held. When having a will notarized, you will need to provide witnesses.
    Authentication of true copies:
    The consular officer will certify a copy of a document that is purportedly an original document or a certified of an original document presented to the consular officer for inspection. The authentication fee is $30.00 for the first copy and $20.00 for each additional copy provided at the same time.
    The Consular Officer does Not Authenticate Civil Documents:
    Both the United States of America and the Republic of Panama are signatories of the 5 October 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legalization of public documents. The Convention became effective in Panama in November 1991.
    The Convention abolished the requirement that U.S. consular officers authenticate Panamanian civil documents for use in the United States and abolished the requirement that Panamanian consular officers authenticate U.S. documents for use in Panama. Further, U.S. consular officers in Panama are specifically prohibited from continuing to authenticate Panamanian civil documents after the Convention came into force. In place of U.S. consular authentication, the Government of Panama (Minsterio de Relaciones Exteriores, corner of Cuba Ave. and 38th St., Building Los Cristales) places an apostille stamp on the Panamanian civil
    If you encounter difficulties with officials in the United States accepting a Panamanian civil document with the apostille stamp, please write to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520. The fax number is (202) 647-6201.
    U.S. Department of State Circular: Hague Legalization Convention Operations
    Government Offices in Panama where you can obtain an apostille on a document:
    SUPREME COURT – Telephone: 262-9833
    Signatures of the courts, judges, secretary of the courts
    Fee – gratis
    Hours of operation – 8:00 to 12:00 an 2:00 to 5:00
    Location – Supreme Court 1st Floor, Secretary General Office
    MINISTRY OF FOREIGN RELATIONS – Telephone: 511-4045 or 511-4046
    authenticates the signatures of all the ministries in Panama except Ministry of Government and Justice. (Including Public Ministry – Attorney General, Fiscales, etc.)
    Fee – $2.00 and one (1) peace stamp
    Hours of Operations – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location – Plaza Edison, Ave. Ricardo J. Alfaro, Local #15, Planta baja (next to Banco Nacional)
    Telephone 262-3016 Signatures of notaries, public translators, Police
    Fee for regular bond paper – Fee $6.00 in stamps and a 20 cent stamp of Peace and Security fee for seal paper – $2.00 in stamps and a 20 cent stamp of Peace and Security
    Hours of Operations – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location – Ministry of Government and Justice Calle 7ta Central, Accounting Department 2nd floor.


  6. Nice to see you at the ACS meeting this morning. We were more than pleased with their services! I’m adding more visa pages to my passport and it is great that the officers will take it to Panama City, add the pages and send it back via DHL. Saves a huge hassle, as well as $$$ but darn I was looking forward to a potential shopping trip!

  7. Hi Sharon. It was nice seeing you as well. Sorry you missed your shopping trip, but I am sure if you get creative, you can come up with another reason.

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