Mexican citizens in Galveston County need only travel to College of the Mainland to renew passports and Mexican identification the next couple of weeks. 

The Mexican Consulate will set up a mobile office on the college’s campus from Oct. 10-13, and from Oct. 16-20. Representatives will be on campus between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“It’s part of the consulate’s “Consulado Sobre Ruedas, (Consulate on Wheels),” said Rafael Naranjo, a Spanish professor and director of Oaxaca study abroad program at College of the Mainland. 

Naranjo said having the consulate on campus provides an important service to the Mexican community in the area.

“It benefits the community because people get their documents; and it benefits College of the Mainland,” Naranjo said. 

Having people on campus who have never set foot here before provides the college an opportunity to show off its programs and services, he said. 

Citizens of Mexico will be able to obtain or renew passports and IDs at the temporary office. “This is a great opportunity for Mexicans with dual citizenship to renew their passports without having to visit the consulate in Houston,” Naranjo said. 

This will be the fourth year the consulate has opened a mobile office at COM, he said.