Want to make an appointment at the Mexican Consulate in Houston? You better update your address book! That's because in June 2021, the Mexican Consulate in Houston moved from the Museum district to its new location on Houston’s embassy row. It's now located, 12 miles away in the Westchase are of Houston. Of course, 12 miles in Houston can mean an eternity or at least 45 minutes traveling on I-69 and Westpark Tollway during the middle of the day. If you still need to make an appointment at the Mexican Consulate in Houston, you should check their website for the latest instructions. As one of the largest diplomatic offices Mexico has in the United States, the Mexican Consulate in Houston gets busy. In fact, The Consulado General De México en Houston serves more than two million people of Mexican descent and represents the largest foreign government office in Houston.
Why Did the Mexican Consulate in Houston Move?
Let’s face it. Traffic congestion is an unpleasant fact everyone living in Houston. Our road and transit systems can no longer accommodate the more than the 100,000 people moving to Houston annually. Heavy rains from storms and inadequate drainage systems on our roadways make matters worse. Without a solution, the economy of Houston will suffer.
Fortunately, the Texas Transportation Commission recognized the problems on our roadways several years ago and began planning for it. The North Houston Highway improvement project (NHHIP) represents a major step forward in making Houston more competitive with other U.S. cities. It will be the largest infrastructure project undertaken by the city of Houston in a generation to expand and improve multimodal forms of transportation. Part of the project will replace old neighborhoods with floodplains, parks, green spaces, and trail systems. Once complete, the project will stimulate growth, reduce flooding on the highways, improve road safety, and increase the capacity and use of rail, freight, and transit lines.
Like most Texas Department of Transportation projects, the North Houston Highway improvement project requires some sacrifices. Some Houston businesses and residents along I45 and affected areas will need to relocate. Early in the planning process, the city of Houston realized that the project would mean that not all businesses and neighborhoods would be able to stay. Those who stay will need to contend with slower commute times and less business activity once construction begins.
Fortunately, for some business and organization that must relocate, Houston city planners began working on solutions that would provide value to both the city and the site owners. One example was the Consulado General De México en Houston or Mexican Consulate General in Houston, which had operated at 4506 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004 for 20 years.
Mexican Consulate in Houston, Texas
The Mexican Consulate General Is Important To Houston
Mexico opened its first consulate in Houston in 1920 and has benefited the Houston area ever since. Today, the Mexican Consulate in Houston represents one of the largest foreign missions that Mexico operates in North America. It is also the largest facility in Houston that is operated by a Latin American country. Estimates suggest that the consulate serves more than two million people of Mexican origin.
For Mexican nationals and expatriates, the Mexico Consulate General offers important legal assistance and legal aid; help in acquiring birth, marriage and divorce certificates, and visas and passports. It also assists U.S. residents and businesses with a range of services including matters involving emigration, trade and investing
With a strong relationship that has lasted over 100 years, Mexico and Houston have become important trading partners. Today, Mexico is Houston’s largest trading partner and accounts for $19 billion in trade annually. The Mexican Consulate has also made important contributions to Houston’s growth by securing large investments by Mexican companies in the Houston area. One example is Arca Continental, owners of Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, which built a $250 million bottling and distribution facility in North Houston. The Mexican Consulate also works closely with Houston businesses that seek to build a presence in Mexico. Furthermore, Mexico supports the local economy with regular non-stop direct flights between Houston and several Mexican cities.
Consulado General De México Moves to the Embassy Corridor in Westchase
Because of Mexico’s importance to the Houston community, city planners in Houston knew they had to work quickly to develop a plan to secure and expand the Mexican Consulate in Houston. In 2019, the Texas Transportation Commission and other state agencies approved a land swap agreement between the city of Houston and the Mexican government. In June 2021, the agreement was announced by Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón. For Houston, the agreement offered a needed piece in the plan to rebuild the downtown freeway system, which includes depressing I-69 and modernizing affected areas. In return, the Mexican consulate in Houston, agreed to relocate to 3200 Rogerdale Rd. in Houston’s Westchase area.
A Larger, More Secure Mexican Consulate with Improved Ammenities
With 50,000 sq. ft. of interior space, the 4-story building is twice as large as the former location consulate building. The new location features on-site parking, several areas to serve the public, and an art gallery. The art gallery includes paintings by Edgar Medina, a renowned Houston artist of Mexican origin. Because of these amenities and improvements, the new Mexican consulate in Houston can provide a better experience to visitors.
According to Marcelo Ebrard, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, “The larger facility allows the Houston consulate to serve the growing population of Mexicans and people interested in Mexico.” Ebrard also indicated that the additional space creates new opportunities to pursue stronger, and more profitable relations between Houston and Mexico. Further, Ebrard suggested that the Mexican consulate is interested in collaborating with Houston on projects related to clean energy, medical and health initiatives.
Alicia Kerber Palma, Consul General of Mexico, indicated that the new Westchase location will allow the Mexican Consulate in Houston to sponsor larger events. In the previous facility, meeting room, parking spaces and security were always a concern.
Prior to opening of the consulate, the building was completely renovated. Getting to the new consulate is easy. Since Houston Metro offers a regular bus route that stops at the consulate, and the consulate has its own parking lot, it is also more convenient than the old location.
Expanding The Houston Consulate Corridor
With the addition of the Mexican Consulate, Houston’s Westchase area is becoming a Consulate Corridor. Westchase is already home to the embassies and consulates of Indonesia, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Honduras, and the Netherlands.
At A Glance–The Mexican Consulate
|Address||10555 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas, 77042. Main entrance located at 3200 Rogerdale Rd, Houston, TX 77042.|
|Neighborhood||Westchase (Beltway 8 and Richmond Avenue)|
|Property Area||3.13 Acres (136,769 SF)|
|Building Area||4 Stories (49,865 SF)|
|Parking||Onsite parking with 189 total spaces, 113 covered|
|Services offered||Visa Applications, Passport Renewals, Document Legalization, and Vital Documents including Birth Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Divorce Decrees, Death Certificates, and Police Reports. Assistance with contracts including Power of Attorney agreements and other legal matters may also be available. Always contact the consulate to be sure.|
|Mexican consulate in Houston English Website||https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/houston/|
The first Mexican consulate in Houston was established in 1921, more than 100 years ago.
The new consulate is located at 10555 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas, 77042. However, visitors must use the entrance at 3200 Rogerdale Rd, Houston, TX 77042.
By May 24, 2021, all business that had been conducted at the former location at 4506 Caroline St,, was being completed at the new location at 10555 Richmond Avenue.
Alicia Kerber Palma is the Mexican Consul General in Houston.
The Consulate processes Visa applications, renews passports, and legalizes documents.
Yes, but please note that an official translation often requires an apostille from the Secretary of State.
Yes, consulate agents speak both English and Spanish. You can also contact bilingual agents by email and telephone.
The new consulate is nearly 50,000 square feet, which makes it twice as large as the building the consulate previously occupied.