Mexican passport

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Mexican passport
Mexican Passport.jpg
The front cover of a Mexican passport with the coat of arms of Mexico.
Date first issued August 2012 (Most recent edition)
Issued by  Mexico
Type of document Passport
Purpose Identification
Eligibility requirements Mexican citizenship

Mexican passports are issued to Mexican citizens for the purpose of traveling abroad. The Mexican passport is also an official ID and proof of Mexican citizenship. According to the Henley Visa Restrictions Index 2013, holders of a Mexican passport can visit 132 countries without a visa, making it the 23rd most advantageous passport in the world.[1]

Types of passports[edit]

  • Personal Passport - Issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips
  • Diplomatic Passport - Issued to Mexican diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers.
  • Official Passport - Issued to individuals representing the Mexican government on official business

Physical appearance[edit]

Mexican passports are dark green, with the Mexican Coat of Arms in the center of the front cover and the official name of the country "Estados Unidos Mexicanos" (United Mexican States) around the coat of arms. The word "Pasaporte" is inscribed below the coat of arms, and "Mexico" (as the country is known) above. Older versions of the Mexican passport are also issued by embassies and consulates abroad. The Mexican passport contains many different security features, some of them visible only under a black light.

Identity information page[edit]

Mexican passports currently issued inside the Mexican territory include the following data:

Each passport has a biographical information page and a signature page. Illustration: biographical information page and signature page – right.

Photo Page of a Mexican passport issued in Mexico.
Visa pages with each state coat of arms.
The last pages of the Mexican passport.
A Mexican consular passport, issued at consulates and embassies abroad.
Older version of visa pages.
Back pages of the consular passport. Includes the amount paid for the passport.
  • Photo of passport holder (digital)
  • Type (P)
  • Country code (MEX)
  • Passport no.
  • Surnames (Both father and mother's maiden name)
  • Given names
  • Nationality
  • Observations
  • Date of birth
  • Personal ID number (CURP)
  • Sex
  • Place of birth
  • Date of issue
  • Authority
  • Date of expiration
  • Electronic bar code
  • Hologram picture in the center-right

The biographical information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone. Also, each visa page has a different coat of arms (One for each of the 31 states and the Federal District).

Mexican passports currently issued at Mexican embassies and consulates abroad include the following data:

Each passport has a biographical information page and a signature page.

  • Photo of passport holder (Not digital)
  • Embossed seal (Mexican Coat of Arms)
  • Type (P)
  • Code of issuing state (MEX)
  • Passport no.
  • Surnames (Both father and mother's maiden name)
  • Given names
  • Nationality
  • Personal ID number (CURP)
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Place of birth
  • Date of issue
  • Expiration date
  • Authority
  • Observations/remarks

The biographical information page ends with the Machine Readable Zone. Since Mexican embassies and consulates abroad issue older versions of the Mexican passport, they do not include the Electronic Bar Code or the Hologram picture in the center-right and have a different, singular visa page style, which contains a drawing of a mayan.

Requirements[edit]

Requirements for first time applicants that are over the age of eighteen.


1. Personally attend to any Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores(SRE) delegation or SRE affiliated office, with an appointment.
2. Fill with black ink, and by hand and in print the application for a ordinary passport book (Form OP-5). The application can be obtained for free at any of the branches of the SRE or the Office of State or Municipal Liaison SRE.
3. Proof of Mexican nationality by presenting a original and a photocopy of any of the following documents:
a) Certified copy of birth certificate issued by the Mexican civil registry office. Birth registration should not be time-barred (must have occurred within the first three years of life), if exceeded temporality, see section "Additional Documentation for birth certificates with untimely registration";
b) Certified copy of birth certificate issued by a consular office abroad *.
c) Certificate * Copy of Mexican nationality;
d) Declaration of Mexican nationality by birth *;
e) Naturalization Certificate*, and
f) Certificate of Citizenship Identity issued by the Secretary of the Interior

4. Prove identity with an original and a photocopy of any of the following official documents with photograph and signature of the holder, the data should agree closely with those of the document that is proving nationality:

a) Cédula de Identidad Ciudadana issued by the Secretaría de Gobernación;
b) Matrícula Consular (Certificate of Consular Registration, Consular ID Card);
c) Naturalization Certificate;
d) Certificate of Mexican nationality;
e) Declaration of Mexican nationality by birth;
f) Voting Card issued by the National Electoral Institute;
g) Cartilla de Identidad del Servicio Militar Nacional Liberada;
h) Professional Certificate;
i) Professional Degree;
j) Letter of internship;
k) A valid identification issued by the Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayoress;
l) Credential of medical services from a public health institution or social security badges with a photo that has been sealed with official seal of the institution. If credentials are in digital format, they can be accepted even if the seal does not overlap the photograph;
m) for retired or pensioned credentials issued by an institution of social security, badges have to be sealed with the official seal, along with the signature and title of the person who issued it. If credentials in digital format, they can be accepted even if the seal does not overlap the potographt and
n) National Credential for Persons with Disabilities issued by the Sistema Integral para la Familia (DIF).

Fees[edit]

In Mexican territory, fees are paid either online or at an affiliated Mexican bank that receives payments for passports. Citizens that live abroad pay at the consulate or embassy in which they are applying. There is a 50% discount for people that are over the age of sixty, people with disabilities, and agriculture workers. In order to be able to receive a discount, the person must show proof at the time of payment.

  • Mexican 1-year expiration passport: $475.00MXN/ $32.00USD
Issued to children under three years of age and in cases of a justified emergency to adults who cannot fulfill all of the requirements for an ordinary passport issuance. As well, to individuals that need consular protection, that live outside of Mexico.
  • Mexican 3-year expiration passport: $985.00MXN/ $74.00USD
Issued to children over the age of three and adults over the age of eighteen.
  • Mexican 6-year expiration passport: $1,355.00MXN/ $101.00USD
Issued to children over the age of three and adults over the age of eighteen.
  • Mexican 10-year expiration passport: $2,085.00MXN/ $136.00USD
Issued only to adults over the age of eighteen, in Mexico and some embassies and consulates abroad.

Languages[edit]

The textual portions of the Mexican passports are printed in Spanish, English and French.

Passport message[edit]

The message page in the Mexican passport.

The passports contain a note from the issuing state that is addressed to the authorities of all other states, identifying the bearer as a citizen of that state and requesting that he or she be allowed to pass and be treated according to international norms. The note inside the Mexican passports state:

Emergency Page of the Mexican passport

In Spanish,

"La Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos solicita a las autoridades competentes que permitan al titular de este pasaporte de nacionalidad mexicana su libre paso sin retraso u obstáculo alguno y, dado el caso, le otorguen toda la asistencia y protección posibles."

in English,

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States hereby requests all competent authorities to permit the holder of this passport, a Mexican national, free transit without delay or hindrance and in case of need to give him all lawful aid and protection."

and in French.

"Le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères des États-Unis du Mexique prie les autorités compétentes de bien vouloir laisser passer librement et sans entrave le titulaire du présent passeport, de nationalité mexicaine, et du lui prêter toute aide et assistance possibles."

Visa Requirements[edit]

According to the "Henley Visa Restrictions Index 2014," holders of a Mexican passport can visit 133 countries visa-free, ranked 23rd in the world.[2]

Visa requirements for Mexican citizens:

Visa requirements for Mexico citizens.png

Biometric passport[edit]

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico announced in the last days of 2009 that it was expecting the Mexican passport to include the totality of the biometric data of the bearer during 2010. This project includes taking pictures of the iris and the 10 fingerprints: The current passport only has pictures of the two index fingers. The biometric passport is not available as of 2014.

Gallery of historic images[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Visa Restrictions". Henley and partners. 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Global Ranking - Visa Restriction Index 2014". Henley & Partners. Retrieved 29 July 2014.