Retirement

INAPAM: Mexico’s Discount Card for Seniors

INAPAM Seniors Discount Program Mexico

One of the most popular programs that senior citizens in Mexico enroll for is the INAPAM (Instituto Nacional para las Personas Adultas Mayores) discount card. This is offered to all Mexicans and foreign residents who are 60 years of age or older and enables them to enjoy worthwhile discounts on a whole range of goods and services including food, medicines, transport, clothing, as well as recreation and leisure activities.

Increasing numbers of firms and businesses are actively advertising the fact that they offer discounts to INAPAM card holders, and even those who don’t may well give a discount on goods and services you buy if you present your card to them.  Many organizations in Mexico are pleased to give seniors a discount, and this card is the means by which prove your residency and age qualification status.

Once enrolled you receive a plastic card that you can present at thousands of stores, businesses, and government service agencies across Mexico to claim discounts of between 10% and 50% on goods and services you buy. Some municipalities are also offering discounts on property taxes and water bills to senior citizens with this card.

Here are some examples of the services that offer discounts:

Healthcare: Many pharmacies give discounts on medications (medicines are already much less expensive in Mexico than the US, and these discounts are in addition to the lower prices Americans enjoy here), and some dentists and doctors and other medical specialists will also give seniors a discount when they present the card;

Public Transportation: Bus companies, airlines, and some local taxi firms offer discounts on fares;

Food and Groceries: Local food stores, convenience stores, and specialist food emporiums offer discounts on your grocery shopping, saving you more money on your basic living costs;

Leisure: Many hotels and travel agencies in Mexico offer discounts to senior citizens who present the card. If you plan a party, many of the festivity halls (salon de fiestas) offer a discount on rentals to seniors booking the facilities;

Eating Out: Many cafes and diners, including the big-name national diner chains, offer discounts to INAPAM card holders;

Culture: Many museums, archaeology parks, art galleries, and bookstores offer discounts to card holders;

Miscellany: A whole raft of businesses offer seniors a discount when they present their card, for example: legal firms, art & craft stores, car service and repair centers, computer sales and repair stores, clothing and apparel stores, accountants, construction firms, hardware stores, florists, printers, locksmiths, jewelry stores, beauty salons, home DIY centers, stationers, plumbers, electricians, dry cleaners, veterinary services, etc.

Discount on Property Taxes and Water Bills: Some municipalities are offering seniors a discount on their annual property taxes (Predial) and their water bills.  Discounts, where offered, vary by municipality—check locally for details in your area.

How to Apply for the Card

The INAPAM card is available to all seniors who are 60 years or older. It’s simple and free to apply for the card.

You will need to present some official identification, like a passport or driver’s license, your birth certificate and, as a foreigner, you will also need to present your old FM3/FM2 or your new Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente residency permit.  You will also be asked for a utility bill or some other document that shows your current address in Mexico. Most people use their telephone bill.

You take these documents (as well as 2 photocopies of each) along with three passport-sized photographs of yourself to your local government office dealing with INAPAM applications (check locally where you live) and, when the application is completed, you will be presented with a card that you can use to obtain the discounts.

The government also staffs a helpline that is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays to answer questions you may have. The call is free from inside Mexico, dial 01 800 007 3705.

You can find additional information online about the program and the application process on the INAPAM web site (see link above). The page is in Spanish, and you can use the Google page translation feature if you need to.

Basic living costs in Mexico are already lower than those in the US, Canada and Europe. With the INAPAM card, seniors can enjoy additional discounts, and thus help to make their fixed incomes stretch further in retirement.

If you want to calculate how much it will cost you to live in Mexico, connect to our Mexico Cost of Living Guide.  If you need information about residency permits for retirees in Mexico, connect to our Mexico Immigration page.

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20 Comments

  1. Gloria Smith says

    As a temporary resident who rents I am interested in applying for the INAPAM card. From the information at the website I understand that I need –
    1. my passport
    2. my temporary resident card
    3. an original (plus copies) of one of my owners bills addressed to my rental address
    4. proof of legal possession – a rent receipt for the property

    We are having extended discussions about whether or not we qualify and what is necessary. Can you tell me if I understand this correctly.

    • Mexperience says

      Hi Gloria, the INAPAM web site (link above) has details and also a toll-free number (also referenced in the article) you can call to speak with an advisor who can answer your specific questions. They don’t speak English, but if your Spanish is not fluent, you might ask a friend to call on your behalf.

  2. Brenda says

    Our savings/investments were embezzled upon. We are living on a very fixed income!

    INAMPAM here in Municipio Puerto Penasco:

    Palacio Municipal
    383-6145

    DIF Municipal
    383-1337

  3. Sid says

    I recently received the Inapam card, however I
    don’t have a clue as to where it is accepted.

    Does anyone know if there’s a website that lists the businesses that recognize this card?
    I hesitate to keep whipping it out every time I enter a store
    . How about the big stores such as Costco, Liverpool, Mega Store, Best Buy etc.,
    Would also be handy to know which hotels honour this card.

  4. Barbara says

    Just been issued with my INAPAM card this morning at a big ceremony at Lake Chapala Society. All the Government representiatives were there for INAPAM and INM.

    The very clear message we were given is that Mexico is an inclusive society and welcomes all foreign residents to make full use of the INAPAM discounts available. Mexico welcomes all the help that foreign residents provide in boosting the economy and thanks us all for the charitable work done in Mexico.

  5. Deborah says

    I moved to Puerto Vallarta and have Permanent Resident Status (just waiting to pick up my card now that I have competed and finalized the process).

    ONE of the reasons I moved here is that I am on a fixed income and the cost of living here, even though not super cheap makes it a lot easier for me to live here somewhat comfortable (ask me again in the Summer when I can’t afford to use Air Conditioning) and being disabled I can afford to pay someone to clean for me.

  6. Mark says

    Wish there was an online source that identified places that honor INAPAM in Jalisco and Lake Chapala areas. Far more areas identified for discounts on this blog than what I have experienced. Don’t see much advantage to this card other than for travel in Mexico, but may just not know the right places that are honoring this card for seniors.

    • Cal says

      I’ve heard that local buses will be free in August. Anybody heard about this?
      Most museums offer huge discounts or are even free for seniors! This card is very useful but the places that accept it change frequently. The huge discounts for bus travel WITHIN Mexico are fabulous! I’ve heard that local buses will be free beginning in August. Anybody heard about this?

  7. Gil says

    I use the card for travel between cities by bus. I love travelling Mexico that way and for example go to Guadalajara 5 hrs or Colima or Mexico 12 hrs. I stay in hotels in these cities for 2 to 7 days which is in addition to my regular rental.I would not normally be doing this if I was paying full fare for example to Mexico DF (2000 pesos ret). i love the card

  8. J. R. Wilson says

    Can anybody tell me where to go in Puerto Vallarta to obtain this card? And I agree with folks who said that some of us are on a fixed income. We are far from being “rich” Americans. This is a nice deal and I hope to use it. Thanks. J. R.

  9. First Last says

    This is the website to locate a local INAPAM office:
    http://www.inapam.gob.mx/
    On the left side of the web page is:DELEGACIONES FEDERALES

    Conoce la representación de Inapam en tu Estado
    There is a drop down menu: SELECCIONA
    listing all the states of MX. Choose the appropriate state. It will list all the cities with INAPAM offices.
    WARNING: Although the required documents as listed on the site should suffice, Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche required a friend of mine to produce his CURP document although his CURP is listed on his resident visa. Carmen is known for it’s administrative bottlenecks. In Campeche, Campeche the CURP number on my visa was sufficient

  10. Miriam says

    Karen and Harold: here’s the website where you can find the requirements to get your card. Although I couldn’t find a link to offices outside of Mexico City, on the right side of the page there’s a phone number you can call and ask for the address of the institute near your home. I hope this helps.

    http://www.inapam.gob.mx/es/INAPAM/Organigrama

    Elly, I don’t necessarily think that our economy is sustained only by Americans, though I think you’re right when you say that a lot of them (or any other foreigners) have worked here or helped different organizations and they deserve to get this “special” treatment just as a native person.
    That’s why I think Gayle might be a little wrong because the time has come for seniors to be taken care of by us; it is an aid given by the government and I see no problem in using it even if you’re not a native.

  11. Harold says

    Does anyone know where one would go in Lake Chapala area to get obtain a INAPAM card?

    • Pat says

      DIF in Chapala on Degollado

  12. Karen says

    Does anyone know where to go in Playa del Carmen to apply for the card?
    Thanks

    • Sylvia S says

      Check out La Casa del Adulto Mayor on 40th Av. and cross-street somewhere around 34th St. Was there just last month (March 2016). They do ask for Permanent Resident status, not Temporary and have a fixed number of cards, and prefer to keep them for Mexican nationals. But when I was there, I did see an American woman (Permanent Resident) walk out with a card. Some cities are less strict than others, I hear, I would imagine the less touristy areas. Good luck.

  13. Karen says

    Does anyone know where I can apply for the card in Playa del Carmen? Thanks

  14. pamela says

    Gayle, just so you know, there are Americans living in Mexico on a very fixed income. Not all Americans are wealthy. I know of several living on a meager social security check and, while more than some in Mexico (not all), this helps folks get by. Also, I know of many well heeled Americans in the states who use their senior discounts whenever they can.

  15. gayle says

    I think this is a great program for Mexican seniors and I support it 100%. However, I don’t support this program for American ex-pats living in Mexico. I have many friends who have these cards who don’t need to use them because they can afford the lifestyle here in Mexico without them. They are for the truly destitute of which there are almost zero Americans. I wish this article had stated something like that. There is a big difference between Mexican seniors who have so little income (less than $2,000 pesos per month) and American seniors who can afford to fly here, rent condos, and enjoy eating out. Please don’t advertise this to Americans…why do we have to always be takers and users of a system that wasn’t set up for us.

    • Mexperience says

      Hi Gayle, thanks for your comments. The INAPAM discount card is used widely by Mexican seniors and is only available to foreign residents – some of whom will have spent many years of their working lives in Mexico. The program is voluntary and those who don’t wish to participate don’t have to. The discounts are gifted by the companies/firms which offer services in the same way that a loyalty card offers discounts to regular customers, and the card acts as a formal means to qualify your eligibility (i.e. age, and in the case of being a non-Mexican your resident status). Even a discounted sale is a sale, and local businesses welcome the trade.

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