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  1. I will be going to the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara to renew my passport and was wondering what I can bring in since security is so tight. I was planning on bringing my application, my wallet with credit cards and identification and currency for FedEx. Is there anything I am forgetting and will these items pass security? If you have gone through this procedure I would appreciate your advice! Thanks
  2. Yesterday my wife and I returned to GDL and went to the bank of machines to pay. All machines on both banks were shut down and indicated so by a big red light. There was an indigenous woman and her child there and she said that parking was free today. I doubted her but there was no way I could pay since the machines were shut down. As we drove towards the ext gates they were all in a raised position and another indigenous male was sitting there. Anyway, everyone was simply driving through the gates and we ended up doing the same. I felt badly about not paying but am confused as to what is going on. Does anyone on the board have a clue as to what was/is happening ??
  3. According to an article in the Guadalajara Reporter the emissions testing program has been suspended until July when they will have new equipment on line and a new list of accredited garages. I keep this article in my glove box for those police that aren't aware of this. Also, cars that are one or two years new don't require testing. Since the cops have been targeting nortenos ( in my opinion ) I have done my own research at Walmart and other places where there are a great deal of cars and it would appear that about five percent of all cars have the smog hologram. I'm just saying !!
  4. I have a very good friend who ws forced to move from here to Florida because his copd was getting so bad he literally could not breathe
  5. can't help you with calls back to the U.S. as we never did that. Regarding email, we used local wifi so it did not use our 4g data. I recommend you go to Telcel and discuss these questions as they might depend on whether you are on a plan or not. As I mentioned, we just load pesos as we need them and heavily load up before we leave the U.S.
  6. We were in Basil, Switzerland last September and used our Telcel card and it worked just fine. It automatically switched from Telcel to T Mobil. Then as we moved up the Rhine and Mosel rivers it automatically switched to Orange and we used it as far as Amsterdam. We have UNLOCKED smart phones with no Telcel plan. We just load about 500 pesos on each phone prior to leaving.
  7. Mike Riley ( Ajijic Computing ). We have used him for years and he does excellent work at a fair price. Comes to your home. and does work there. Phone: 765 4156
  8. I plan on leaving my car at the GDL airport for five days and was wondering if anyone out there knows what the recent per day costs are for on site parking. I do not want to use off site parking so if you have any recent experience with this I would appreciate the information. Thanks
  9. You are right. The one they gave me says Passport application and the one I printed says passport renewal application! Thanks
  10. Tiny, Thanks for the reply. Do you know how much the FedEx fee is ?
  11. Spencer, do you do passports(i.e.) take people to the consulate ?
  12. Hi Tiny, Tried to send you a pm but it wouldn't let me. I just want to verify that I can use my credit card at the Consulate for my passport renewal. Also, I don't understand about the FedEx portion of your message. I did not plan to use FedEx just have the passport sent to my mailing address in the US. Can you clarify ?
  13. I was finally able to print DS-82. I will go to the consulate so I can use my credit card. Thanks for your help!
  14. This message is to those of you that have renewed your U.S. passport at LCS. I went there the other day to get the forms to renew both mine and my wife's U.S. passports and they gave me form DS-11 which has the golden outlines on the front of the form. Later on I read that this form is for those people for whom this is a first time adult renewal or is a child and that I should use form DS-82. Has anyone had previous experience with passport renewal at LCS and did you use the form with the golden outlines on the front of the form. Will the consulate accept this even though I have had previous renewals ? Thanks
  15. Hi Oregontochapala, I appreciate your input and I do agree with you. After reviewing all of the costs and time involved with doing it here we have decided to go to Guadalajara. We have a person that will schedule an appointment for us and take us there. I do have a few questions I hope you can answer however. Do we need to bring our own photographs or do they take them at the consulate ? What else do I need to bring ? Proof of residence ? Mexican visa ? Anything you can think of!! Thanks
  16. If you have recently renewed your US passport I would appreciate any answers to these questions ! My wife and I will need to renew our passports and we plan on going to the American Legion on March 13th. I have all of the necessary paperwork but have a couple of questions I cannot get answers for. First: I will need to call and get the exchange rate the Friday prior to Wednesday the 13th but don't know what number to call. Can you give me that number or tell me where to find it ? Second: The application asks for my mailing address on page one. I use IShop so that address is in Texas but I live here permanently. On the second page it asks for permanent address if different from mailing address. I am assuming I would use Laredo Texas for mailing and Ajijic for permanent. Is this correct ? Lastly: Where can I get proper photographs around Ajijic which is where I live. They will not accept Farmacia Guadalajara photos. Thanks in advance for your help !
  17. Thanks for the info. Am I to understand that even though my plate ends in 2 I won't need a sticker until next year ? Also, I have tried google maps for directions there but they only show being by the microlibrimento. Can you give directions from Guad Chap carretera. I really appreciate this!!
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