We do our renewals ourselves although there are a lot of the ex-pats here in San Miguel who hire someone to do it for them. Sometimes we are amazed at what they pay to have someone go do it when really the procedure is simple.
How simple is it? First you go to the escritorio across the street from the Migracion office. Take your passport, FM3, and three months of bank statements. The excritorio makes the copies and types up the forms and the "invoice" for the cost of the FM3 to take to the bank to pay your FM3 fee. Some of the forms are on the computer but there is still one form that has to be typed on an old-fashioned typewriter with carbon paper. We took the papers and drove to a bank on the edge of town and paid the fee. Then we drove back to the Migracion office and turned in the papers. There was no one ahead of me so we didn't have to wait. I did have to run across the street for two more copies of the invoice stamped "paid" by the bank. I came back to the Migracion office, signed some papers, the Migracion officer finished stamping all the papers and handed me a letter to use as my FM3 until I have the renewed one back. But here is the amazing news. I can pick up the FM3 on Tuesday, just 5 days after I turned in my paperwork. Last year it was 10 days, this year 5 days. Big improvement in efficiency.
How long did all this take? One hour. And that included our travel time to and from the bank which was through a construction zone with detours and only two lanes of traffic.
In just a few more days, I'll be legally in Mexico for another year.
UPDATE: If you want to know more about the changes in immigration take a look at the February 25 entry in Carol's Blog