One of the ways that retirees in Mexico can save even more money is by getting a senior discount card issued by the Mexican government. The agency tasked with issuing the cards is the Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores, which is more commonly known as INAPAM.
Card holders can receive a wide range of discounts on everything from restaurants to legal assistance.
The card is free and is available to people age 60 or older.
In the case of non-citizens, the person must have either a temporary or permanent resident card. Tourist visas are not accepted.
How to Apply
You must apply in person at an INAPAM office. The office hours are Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) between the hours of 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.
You must bring the original and a copy of the following:
Proof of Identity and Age: Passport, Mexican drivers license, Mexican voter ID card, or resident card
Proof of Address: Mexican voter ID card, or a utility bill that is less than 3 months old
Photos: Two recent passport sized photos (black and white or in color) taken against a white background — no hats or glasses.
Proof of Legal Status (non-citizens): Temporary or permanent resident card and passport
Finding the Discounts
INAPAM has lists of businesses and service providers that give discounts to card holders. They are broken down by category:
Health (121 page PDF)
These lists are not complete by any means. That’s why it always pays to ask businesses about available discounts.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Linda and I are still a few years away from being able to qualify for our INAPAM cards. Until then, we’ll just have to work a little harder at saving money.