Keep the Information Flowing
Small contributions go a long way. Your donation to Consumer Action, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, can help us cover the cost of research, writing, and translation of our materials. To keep our services free for those who need them. Select an amount to give.
Released: December 15, 2006
Help Desk FAQ
Consular ID (Matricula Consular)
What are the requirements for obtaining a consular ID card?
Each consulate establishes different requirements. In general, you may be asked to provide the following:
- original and copy of passport
- original and copy of national ID
- original and copy of birth certificate
- up to 4 passport-size photos
- proof of address (utility bill, apartment lease, etc)
More specific requirements include being at least 18 years old (Guatemala), providing a document showing blood type (Colombia) or proof of legal residence (Pakistan).
Although some consular ID cards are free, most charge a fee that ranges from $2 to $30. In most cases, consular ID cards have an expiration date and are valid from one to five years.
Support Consumer Action
Consumer Help Desk
- Help Desk
- Submit Your Complaints
- Presente su queja
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Links to Consumer Resources
- Consumer Service Guide (CSG)
- Class Action Database
- Consumer Booknotes