The Old Person Card means Discounts in Mexico
They call it la Tarjeta INAPAM. I’ve been on the trail of this elusive Senior Citizen Discount Card all season. It is available to people over 60 living in Mexico. The card is FREE! It provides discounts for travel, lodging, car registration & licensing, museums and more. Some say you can get 50% off your property taxes too. I have confirmed reports that bus fares are 50% off. And Mexican buses can be a luxurious way to travel.
Initially, I was told I could get this card in San Felipe at the DIF office. As it turns out there are at least 3 DIF offices. Over a period of weeks I tracked each office down. Each one sent me to another one. I finally found the one that had formerly issued the cards. They said they no longer did so. I had to go to Mexicali to get one. I figured if there were 3 or more DIF offices in San Felipe, Mexicali must have dozens. So I gave it a rest and went camping.
Flash forward to this month, April 2015. I planned a trip to Mexicali with friends to take care of other business. One of my friends had just turned 60 and spoke fluent Spanish. I mentioned the card to him and enlisted him in my quest for the Tarjeta INAPAM.
Together we found it at the Mexicali Federal Palace at the Civic Center, very close to the Bull Fighting stadium. I only mention the stadium because you can see it as you approach the parking spot. Park at Sanborn’s across the street from the Civic Center. Once there all you need is a resident Visa (either temporal or permanente) and a current utility bill with your address. If you have an IMSS booklet, you should take that as well. They take your photo in the office. And, like Costco, print out a new card right there.
The process should only take about 10 minutes. However in my case it took about a half hour. Something was wrong with the camera-computer hook up, requiring a phone call to tech support in Mexico City. Tech support remotely logged into the computer and set things straight. During all this the office staff was cheerful & friendly.
If you go, I remember park at Sanborn’s lot across the street from the Civic Center. It’s 20 pesos for 2 hours. Once parked, walk across the street at the light; then past the Pioneer Statue on your left. Continue straight ahead to go between two buildings. INAPAM office is in the building to your left, last office on the left. If you have problems just ask in any of the other offices. Did I say the card is FREE?
Edificio del Palacio Federal
Centro Cívico y Comercial de Mexicali
Av Pioneros 1005
21000 Mexicali BC
32° 38.383′ N, 115° 28.450′ W
Open to public: M-F 8:00 – 3:00