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Residents Eligible for Senior Discounts

Turning 60 isn’t always what it is cracked up to be. That is unless you finally get to use your age to receive discounts and rebates.

Turning 60 isn’t always what it is cracked up to be. That is unless you finally get to use your age to receive discounts and rebates. Similar to the AARP card in the United States, there is a government program in Mexico for those 60 and over called the INAPAM (Instituto Nacional para las Personas Adultas Mayores) discount card. This benefit is available not only to Mexicans but also foreign residents.

Once enrolled, you receive a plastic card that, when presented at hundreds of stores, businesses and government agencies across Mexico, offers you a discount from five percent to 50 percent. Water and property tax bills are now discounted as well. Show your card at pharmacies, dentists and doctors, on the bus, movie theaters, grocery stores, hotels, archaeological sites, recreation parks and some restaurants like the national chains Toks and Vips, to get your discount.

Don´t speak Spanish? Bring a friend who does, because after you fill out the application, you will be interviewed. Questions range from the type of home you live in to the type of furnishings you own. You may also be asked who else lives with you and their emergency contact information. Then, you will be fingerprinted.

At the end of the process, your originals are returned to you, and you are presented with your INAPAM card.

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