Mexico really takes care of its retiree population. Not only can you get access to various discounts on things like airfare, bus tickets, and movie theaters, but you can also get as much as 50% off your property taxes in Mexico.
If you’ve never heard of this program, it is called INAPAM, and it’s 100% free. Read the full article to understand who can apply, how to apply, and what discounts you can get. Plus some other special circumstances that no one talks about.
INAPAM is an acronym for Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores. It’s a government initiative, but the real benefit is its discounts on purchases like airfare, medicines, doctor’s visits, and even utilities. Several retailers and government agencies have partnered with this program throughout Mexico and offer Mexico’s resident’s age 60 and over various excellent discounts.
Who Can Apply?
To apply, you have to be over the age of 60. And the program is only available to legal permanent residents and Mexican nationals.
As of 2023, temporary residents are being turned away at Mexico’s INAPAM offices. However, this varies (like everything in Mexico) by city.
In 2023 You can get an INAPAM as a Temporary Resident in:
And Permanent Residents can get INAPAM in:
San Miguel de Allende
The way to prove your legal status in Mexico is through an alphanumerical number you can get when you get residency in Mexico, known as a CURP. It’s kind of like a social security number in the U.S. It’s unique to you, and it’s one of the required documents you’ll need to present to get an INAPAM card.
How Do You Apply?
First, you must locate the proper office that processes INAPAM cards in your local city.
The Mexican government’s website gives you the different INAPAM service centers throughout Mexico, where you will need to go once you have all your documents in order. Click here to see the directory.
- Valid official identification- Residency Cards are ok
- Birth certificate
- Proof of address – electricity bill or similar (not older than six months)
- One recent color or black and white small photograph (tamano infantil)
- two phone numbers
Foreigners and/or people with indefinite migratory status can also apply for the INAPAM credential, presenting the following:
- Temporary or Permanent Residency Card- depending on the municipality, you may have to be a permanent resident to qualify.
- Valid passport
If you’re interested in hiring a facilitator to help you get your INAPAM card, you can access our list of recommended facilitators in Mexico through our COMPLETE Mexico Relocation Guide
How To Claim Your INAPAM Discount:
In many cases, you might get the senior discount at various retailers without showing your INAPAM card because, often enough, people assume certain ages when they give you a bill. In some cases, all you have to do is ask.
Depending on what store you are in or what you are trying to purchase, a clerk might just give you the discount if you look at the part, and they have a discount.
The official list of benefits for the INAPAM card can be found here
However, for other retailers, you’ll need to ask for a discount for the purchase. In the case of Aeromexico, you have to make your flight reservation in person at one of their service centers for them to verify your eligibility.
If you’re taking the ADO bus, you can make the reservation online with your INAPAM discount. However, before you board, someone might want to verify your INAPAM card and name.
In most cases, you’ll have to purchase directly with a retailer in person to receive the discount. Most companies don’t have the sophistication to add this type of discount when purchasing tickets or services online.
Sometimes, you might not be able to find any information about a discount online and should ask when you are making a transaction.
For example, when you fly with Aeromexico, you get a substantial 15% off. However, to receive the discount, you’ll have to book with an agent over the phone or at one of their service counters throughout Mexico.
I’d even suggest asking your doctor or specialist if they accept your INAPAM card in exchange for a discount. Most doctors in Mexico don’t have this information online but are happy to provide a discount to INAPAM cardholders.
Interested in Retiring in Mexico? Check out our 9 Reasons Mexico is Popular with Retirees.