This post is also available in: Spanish
The Panamanian Government has decided to expedite certain procedures involving minors such as the permit to get out of the country and a juvenile identification card which will be used for all processes regarding public school registration among others.
From April this year all the requests for permits to allow minors to get out of the country will have to be done using the web page of the National Immigration Service (SNM), this institution announced in a press release. The process can be done by visiting www.migracion.gob.pa. There you click on “Migracion en Linea” select the option “solicitudes” and follow the instructions.
This is the only document, which is produced by the system that the applicant should take to a notary’s office. If both parents are travelling with the minor, he will only need his passport, juvenile identification document or the birth certificate.
The notaries will be able to identify the information of the minor on line on the Electoral Tribunal web page. Once the information is examined, a digital copy will be registered in the electronic platform. When the immigration officer checks the passport at Customs, he will verify the data on the platform. However, the SNM recommends bringing a paper copy of the document just in case the immigration supervisor asks for it.
This digital process is part of the modernization and innovation strategy of the State institutions, and it is part of the Panama Digital Agenda 4.0 and a component of the Information and Communications Technology integration of the population.
Juvenile Identification Card
Last January the Electoral Tribunal initiated a campaign with the idea that all children will have identification cards to be used for all processes including school registration and to utilize public medical facilities. In the case of foreigners, the children must have a permanent resident card to which will be added the word “minor” (consult with the SNM or a lawyer). It will also be indispensable for all kinds of procedures, such as getting out of the country.
For more information about the juvenile identification card visit www.tribunal-electoral.gob.pa and www.migracion.gob.pa.