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Title: Consulate of Mexico

Consulate of Mexico
Detroit, Michigan July 2007 Tel
(313) 964-4515 Fax (313) 964-4522
  • Matrícula Consular de Alta Seguridad (or MCAS,
    for its initials in Spanish) means High Security
    Consular Registration Document. As such, it is
    the official record for Mexican Individuals
    living abroad
  • The registration of nationals trough the consular
    offices is a practice recognized by the Vienna
    Convention on consular Relations. Mexican
    Consulates have issued these certificates since
  • The purpose of consular registration I to enable
    consular officers to provide protection and
    access to consular services, as well as to help
    relatives and authorities or the sending state to
    locate their nationals overseas. Consular posts
    of every country around the world exercise this

  • The Matrícula Consular is an individual, personal
    identification card, issued by the Mexican
    Consulate to a person who can prove his/her
    Mexican nationality by presenting supporting
  • Birth Certificate
  • Official photo ID card (government-issued)
  • Other documents that prove Mexican nationality
  • Proof of Address (Bills, etc.)
  • Applications must be submitted personally

  • Procedure followed when issuing a Matricula
  • Information booth the applicant receives the
    information regarding requirements. If
    requirements are fulfilled, the applicant is
    interviewed and the submitted documentation is
  • Call window a consular staff member calls the
    person, reviews the application and have a second
    interview to verify the application again. Once
    it has been completed the documents are processed
    along with the fee (26 UD). The applicant
    should wait while the information is typed in the
    Matricula System.
  • Data entered A Consular Staff member introduces
    the applicants information into the Matricula
    System. The system shows if a matricula has been
    already issued to that person, if so, the
    previously captured photograph will appear, which
    avoids duplicity. The Matricula System has the
    capacity to keep a record of documents issued to
    each individual.

The Mexican Government has developed a national
database in which the consulates can verify if
there are homonyms and if the applicant has
previously received a MCAS. They also check the
applicants identity against a Mexican government
stop list containing approximately 13,000
records of persons who are not allowed to obtain
documents issued by the Mexican government. This
is helpful in locating relatives and facilitating
legal paperwork.
  • Most common uses of the Matrícula Consular
  • To identify oneself with law enforcement
    authorities (police, sheriff, INS, etc.)
  • To identify individuals in case of injuries or
  • To apply for public utilities (telephone, gas,
    electric, etc.)
  • To identify oneself at educational institutions
    and public libraries as a parent or user.

  • The Matrícula Consular provides an important
  • services for Hispanic population like
  • Cashing paychecks,
  • Depositing money in a safe place (financial
  • Paying bills and taxes,
  • And sending money to family and relatives for a
    reasonable fee.
  • Matrícula Consular is valid for five (5) Years.
  • The fee is 27.00 US.

  • Advances in U.S.A.
  • 178 Banks
  • 33 U.S. States
  • 163 Counties
  • 377 Cities
  • 1180 Police departments and Sheriff offices
  • 12 States have accepted the Consular ID as one of
    the proof of identity to obtain a drivers
  • Airlines companies
  • July 30, 2004

Advances in Michigan
Counties Eaton, Oceana, Oakland,
Muskegon, Wayne, Ingham and Van Buren.
Cities in MichiganBattle Creek, Detroit,
Ferndale, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo,
Lansing, Monroe, Muskegon, Muskegon Heights,
Norton Shores, Pontiac, Saginaw and Southgate.
Police Departments Allen Park, Ann Arbor,
Dearborn, Novi . Sheriff Offices
of Ionia, Macomb, Muskegon, Oceana and
Wayne Banks Bank One, Charter One, Comerica,
Fifth Third, First Community Federal Credit
Union, National City, Standard Federal and
Macatawa. This means that actually 90 of the
Mexican population living in Michigan enjoy the
privilege of the consular ID acknowledgment.
Advances in Ohio
Counties Sandusky Cities in
OhioFostoria, Toledo, Fremont, Cleveland,
Cincinnati, Columbus. Sheriff Offices
of Sandusky. Banks Bank One, Fifth Third,
National City, Standard Federal, Key Bank,
Providence Bank, U.S. Bank, Charter One, Wells
Previous format (1960-1991) Unique Identification
Number Name

Valid for Date place of birth

Seal of

Place and date
Issued Government Officials
OLD FORMAT (1992 2002 Polaroid
Technology) Seal of Mexican Government Name
Local Address Date Place of Birth
Unique Identification Number Expiration
Date Place Issued
  • All the matrículas consulares are issued for a
    period o 5 years. By 2007 all the old matrículas
    will have been replaced by the MCAS. As of march
    of 2002, the MCAS incorporate cutting-edge
    technology, holograms and other embedded designs
    to prevent its forgery. The MCAS has 13 security
    features, such as
  • A visible Advantage seal which is a variable
    color, tamper proof, Optical Security Device,
    used to mark the ID photograph, and is solely
    manufactured by a U.S. provider, No one else in
    the world has access to this technology or
    design, which makes counterfeiting the ID highly
    improbable. This feature is used by the U.S.
    Government in several high security documents
    such as FBI badges.

  • Scrambled indicia is a pixel level security
    feature which conceals encoded text of graphics
    within the visible design. These encoded features
    are only visible through special purpose lenses.
    The Consular ID card includes two versions of
    this feature fixed text and graphics printed on
    both sides of the teslin blanks, and variable
    text containing biodata of the-holder, encoded
    within a security stripe or doc-u-lok and over
    the photograph in two directions. This is also a
    proprietary security feature and is used by the
    U.S. government in its high value postage stamps
    and its new High Security Visa, amongst other
  • Other security features include ultraviolet logos
    on the outer laminate, micro-text on the teslin
    blanks signature lines, infrared band over the ID
    bar code and high definition bank note type
    printing on both sides of the blanks.

Secure Form
Eagle Advantage Seal The Mexican
Government buy the material in the US. The
company provides the advantage seal and they hold
the patent for the seal and only one license has
been issued.
An Aztec eagle in the form of an advantage seal
located over the picture. When the matricula is
seen in different angles the seal not only will
change color, but disappear.
  • Seal of Mexican Government
  • Name
  • Date Place of Birth
  • Local Address
  • Expiration Date
  • Unique Identification Number
  • Place Issued

  • Bearers Signature
    Government Officials Signature

  • Turning the decoder 90 degrees, you will read
    SRE written five times over the MCAS, with the
    following pattern

  • Using the decoder over the picture, you will
    read the bearers name.

  • Using the decoder over the picture and turning
    it 90º degrees, you will read the capital letters
    SRE and the bearess D.O.B.

  • The MCAS has become an important tool for opening
    financial institutions to the un-banked people.
    The positive impacts of such access go beyond
    individuals simply being able to open bank
    accounts. They also have positive implications
    for the day-to-day lives of U.S. communities by
    unleashing economic transactions that would not
    occur otherwise.
  • The acceptance of he MCAS by key financial
    institutions has significantly reduced the cost
    of sending remittances. The Mexican government
    estimates that, since the MCAS have been accepted
    by banks and financial institutions, the increase
    in use of bank transfers as a means for sending
    remittances has led to savings of more than U.S.
    700 million for migrants and their families.

  • The acceptance of the MCAS by key financial
    institutions also provides their ability to track
    the use of money and prevent criminal activities.
    The use of the MCAS has contributed to shrink
    informal channels associated with the potentially
    dangerous existence of financial black markets.
  • The MCAS assists law enforcement officials
    communication with migrant communities by
    ensuring that people are not afraid to come
    forward as witnesses and report crimes. The MCAS
    make it easier to identified dead or unconscious
    people. They save time and resources for the
    police and facilitate communication with

  • The MCAS reduce the vulnerability of migrants as
    objects of criminal activity. Before the MCAS
    were accepted in financial institutions,
    undocumented workers were forced to keep as cash
    whatever resources they had thus, they
    frequently became prime and repeated targets of
    crime, including robberies and break-ins to their
  • The MCAS has no relation with the sovereign right
    of the United States of determine who can or
    cannot be admitted into its territory, as well as
    the conditions for any person to remain there. In
    no way does the MCAS constitute a form of
    immigration status regularization which may
    hinder the enforcement of immigration laws. MCAS
    holders are aware that this is only an
    identification card, which has no bearing upon
    their immigration or visa status

  • In the last months, a number of law enforcement
    authorities in Michigan and Ohio, have agreed to
    use the Consular Id for humanitarian purposes
  • Sheriff offices and Polices departments are
    linked to us by
  • 24 hour phone lines to check the Consular ID
    users background in Michigan
  • To contact emergency liaisons of relatives
  • In dealing with juveniles, pregnant women,
    illness of individuals, seniors and persons under
    INS or Border Patrol detention
  • Witnesses in criminals cases
  • Prevention as victims from robbers, and from
    cultural and language barriers during police

  • on inside back cover