Message for U.S. Citizens: January 18th Outreach in Boquete

Following is the latest ACS Message.

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:

For Federal Benefits, register here

For Passport Services, register here

For Notarial Services, register here

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 5×5 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 5×5 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).

9 thoughts on “Message for U.S. Citizens: January 18th Outreach in Boquete

  1. Re: Proof of Life

    This is an odd numbered year. I thought those with a SS number of 50 and over were required to comply.. My number is over 50. In 2016 I did not report.

  2. Can we get our driver’s licenses authenticated prior to having residency status in Panama?

  3. Old Timer. Yes, this is an odd number year and this years POL notices will not be mailed out until the June/July timeframe. My assumption is that the POL help is for the 2016 notices.

    Kim, I am sure they will validate driver’s lisenses, however, remember you still need the Panama document, which is only available in Panama City.

  4. It is a two step process. You have to get the document from the US Embassy authenticating a valid US Driver’s license.

    That document has to then be take to a Panama Government office in Panama City to get the document that the is required to obtain the Panama Driver’s license.

    Since procedures change in Panama often, it would be wise to write the Embassy and ask for the current requirements as they understand them.

    The ACS email is Panama-ACS@state.gov

  5. Thanks for the info! I have to renew my passport and have registered and have all my papers…thank you!

  6. We just spent our early morning in Boquete getting our drivers license document . It was a pleasant experience, except I noticed that mostly Boquete people and they really were not very friendly. Just my observation. Embassy people were great. Big Thank You to them.

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