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Commissioners greet Mexican Consul Meza for presentation of the Matricula Consular

By Marisol Ibarra

Last Thursday, Mexican Consul Antonio Meza Estrada, who represents the interests of Mexicans living in Michigan and Northern Ohio, met separately with Lucas County Commissioner Tina Wozniak, followed by Commissioner Pete Gerken, to discuss the possibility of Lucas County recognizing the Mexican Consular ID Card in some capacity, as the county of Sandusky has already done in Ohio. 

Marisol Ibarra with Consul Antonio Meza and Commission Pres. Tina Wozniak

This identification card is called the Matricula Consular. Consul Meza had previously met with Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber to discuss the card’s function and use by Mexican citizens abroad.

“It was a friendly visit, which the Mexican Government deeply appreciated,” shared the Consul Meza with La Prensa.

The registration of Mexican citizens through the consular offices throughout the world is a practice recognized by the Vienna Convention on consular relations. Mexican Consulates have issued these certificates since 1871.

The consular ID cards enable the consular offices to identify Mexican citizens outside of México and this information is shared with law enforcement authorities and identifies individuals in case of injuries or fatalities, as was the case in
Pontiac , Michigan and Columbus , Ohio , after recent tragic episodes of death by fire.

The card has been acknowledged as extremely useful by various state, county, and city law enforcement officials.


Consul Meza explains the Matricula Consular

The consulate, based in Detroit, Michigan, “meticulously goes through an identification process to insure the integrity of the card and also visits a variety of cities other than Detroit to secure these cards, which are required by Mexican citizens abroad,” according to Meza.

Commissioner Wozniak and then Commissioner Gerken were receptive to the presentation, after having voted for the card’s recognition when they were both on Toledo City Council several years ago.

Commission Pres. Tina Wozniak 
listens to Consul Meza

Toledo was the first city in the Midwest to recognize these identification cards, and since then, numerous cities and counties throughout the United States have recognized these cards, including the cities of Detroit, Saginaw, Grand Rapids, Pontiac, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Holland, Toledo, Cleveland, Fremont, Columbus, and Lorain, and the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Ingham, Van Buren, Oceana, and Sandusky.

“It bothers me that these hard working guests can’t register at our public libraries,” commented Commissioner Wozniak. Likewise, Commissioner Gerken indicated that he wanted to assist in this identification process and believed that this is one way to let Latinos know that the
County of Lucas welcomes diversity and fairness. 

One of the county attorneys from the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office was present to assist in answering any legal questions the Commissioners might have. 

Both Commissioners informed Consul Meza that a draft resolution would be presented for further review and possible vote in the near future.   

Click here for details on the Matricula Consular / Consular Id Card.


Consul Meza explains the ID Card to Commissioner Pete Gerkin

Associated Links:
Consulado de Mexico en Detroit 








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