You don’t have to travel all the way to Panama City to get something done at the US Embassy.
Every 3-4 months the Embassy’s American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit visits David and/or Boquete.
On Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 the ACS unit will visit both David and Boquete.
You can accomplish many tasks at one of these ASC traveling shows.
ASC Offers Many Services
- Passport renewals
- Absentee voting
- SSA proof of life
- LPR Abandonment
- Medicare Enrollment/Cancellation
- Social Security Replacement Card
- Social Security Card for child under 12
- Change of Address for Social Security
- International Direct Deposit Enrollment
The American Services Unit provided the following messages and details about securing these services on Wednesday.
WHERE, WHEN, AND RSVP
David: Wednesday, October 12th, 9am-1pm at La Camara de Comercio Industrias y Agricultura de Chiriqui (CAMCHI), Ave. 6ta. Oeste y Calle B Sur, San Mateo, David, next to the Asociación de Productores de Arroz de Chiriquí. Please RSVP for this event here.
Boquete: Wednesday, October 12th, 3pm-6pm at the Hotel Valle del Rio, Palmira Salon (Camino Valle Escondido, Bajo Boquete. Please RSVP for this event here.
How to Pay for Passport & 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, Absentee Voting & 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.
Voting: Bring your completed ballot! If you haven’t yet registered to receive your absentee ballot, here is a link with information on registering.
LPR Abandonment: Bring completed form I-407 and a photocopy of your Permanent Resident Card, as well as your Permanent Resident Card. (Filling out this form means you decided voluntarily to abandon your status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States.)
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.
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 [email protected] to request the form.
We look forward to seeing you there!
American Citizens Services
U.S. Embassy Panama
Regular ASC Visits
As I mentioned above, the ASC visits David and/or Boquete every 3 to 4 months. You can visit the embassy’s website to find out when they will visit next. It may save you a trip to Panama City. Unfortunately, the embassy doesn’t set the date for the ASC visit much in advance.