We got our FM3s three weeks ago. I've been meaning to post but have been very preoccupied with liquidating all our stuff. So much stuff. We've received so much great infomation from this forum it's only fair to share our experience. The process was amazingly simple and quick. We understand the difficulity is still to come when dealing with immigration in Mexico, but this is a summary of what we did in the US. We visited the consulate in Miami in person in April to make sure we understood the requirements. They simply gave us a list of requirements, which were basically copies of birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, proof of income whether it be from investments, savings, or in our case, military retirement, and a background check. Everything is supposed to be notorized (have an apostille) which if strictly interpreted could have been difficult. It seems that official documents on letterhead are acceptable. In the end the only thing that was actually notorized was the background check we picked up at our local Sherriff's office - which was their standard procedure. The background check was only a record check and it was so stated. It cost us $5.00 I think. In the end, the consulate accepted all our documents with no questions. We had three copies of everything just in case. As it turns out, we needed two copies as they document husband and wife separately. We also had to bring copies of every page of our passports - every page even the empty ones. We went back to the consulate in May, about a month later with our documents. There was a line outside - a long line. We rang the bell and told the person answering that we needed FM3s and she let us right in. No line for Visas. Literally 45 minutes later we were finished. Paid our fees of about 185.00 each, and were told to return the next day. We killed time at the beach and returned the next morning. Same long line, same procedure to get in the door. We checked in, waited five minutes, then had our fingerprints taken, waited another five minutes and were handed our completed FM3s. This was at the Miami consulate for FM3 Rentista. Your mileage may vary at other consulates or when applying for other Visas. Actually your mileage may vary at the Miami Consulate, but everything seemed to be handled in a systematic way so I'm optimistic that you will find your experience consistent with ours. Prior to getting ours, I had no idea what an FM3 looked like so here's a pic - FYI.