Houston, TX


Date: 07/29/2009 Description: Houston, TX © State Dept Image
The Office of Foreign Missions’ Houston Regional Office opened September 2003 and is the newest of OFM’s regional network of offices. OFM Houston provides services and liaison to foreign officials and honorary consuls who are accredited by the U.S. Department of State to work in the southwestern and central states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska.

In accordance with the Foreign Missions Act (22 U.S.C. 4301-4316) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, OFM Houston is responsible for ensuring equitable treatment of U.S. diplomatic and consular personnel abroad and providing, on a reciprocal basis, appropriate privileges, benefits and services to the foreign mission community in the U.S.

OFM Houston is also responsible for ensuring compliance of diplomatic privileges and immunities for foreign diplomats and officials residing in the U.S. including: tax exemptions, diplomatic duty-free customs clearances, motor vehicle registrations and drivers licensing.

Furthermore, OFM Houston is responsible for regulating the activities of foreign missions in the U.S. in a manner that is in accordance with both foreign policy and national security interests of the United States. OFM regional offices liaise with local, state and federal government agencies in matters affecting foreign consular representation, immunities and privileges, and reinforce the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ message to law enforcement agencies regarding consular notification in the event of arrest, detention, or death of foreign nationals.


Contact Us:

Office of Foreign Missions
8701 S. Gessner, Suite 906
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: (713) 272-2865
Fax: (713) 272-2866
Email: OFMHOCustomerService@state.gov
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OFMHouston 

Operating hours are 9:00 am – 12:00 pm,  and 1:00 pm -4:00 pm,  Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.