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Consular ID (Matricula Consular)


What is a consular ID card?

A consular ID card is an identification document that many consulates issue to the citizens of their country that reside in the United States. Foreign governments use consular ID applications to collect census data from their citizens living abroad and to provide certain protections. A consular ID is issued regardless of the immigration status of the applicant. It does not constitute proof of legal residence and does not substitute for papers that the United States requires from foreign citizens to legally reside in this country.

Each cardholder is given a unique identification number that is displayed on the card. In general, these cards also include the cardholder’s photo, address, birthplace and expiration date. Special security features may also be added.


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