Why Tourists over 60 Need an INAPAM Card

The INAPAM Card (formerly an INSEN card) is a “Senior Citizen” identification given to those over 60 years of age. With the card individuals get discounts on a great many services and products throughout Mexico. The card cost 5 pesos and takes only a few minutes to acquire, if you arrive at the INAPAM office early in the morning. You will need the originals and a copy of a few documents before you go. Never give them the original documents, only the copies. It they ask for the originals, you can show them. Also, be aware that in most cases they will want to fingerprint you.

In order to verify the age, you must present original and copy any of the following documents:

Foreigner: If the person is a foreigner, they must submit:

  • Visa – Tourist Card, Residency or Temporary Residency Card, or a certificate of naturalization
  • Copy of your Passport – Proof that you have reached your 60th birthday
  • Three (sometimes they ask for only two) tiny photographs (size: “infantil” 2.5 x 2.0 cms.) from any photo shop
  • Five Pesos – The cost of the card
  • Ten Pesos – If you want a copy of the Directory of Benefits (Directorio de Beneficios)

Proof of address if you are a resident. You may submit any of the following proof and they must be in the name of the person applying for an INAPAM card:

  • Receipt for Electricity
  • Ballot farm.
  • Receipt for water.
  • Receipt for phone.
  • Receipt for gas.
  • Any statement containing the details of your address.

Nationals: If the person is a National of Mexico

  • Government-issued photo badge.
  • Credential ISSSTE.
  • Passport.
  • Military service card.
  • Driver’s License.
  • Professional Certificate.
  • IMSS card or passport with photograph (showing the date of birth).

If you are a National and do not have any of the above documents, you must present photo ID accompanied by any of the following documents:

  • Birth.
  • Unique Key Population Register.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • Birth of one of their children.
  • Faith Baptism.
  • Proof of residence issued by the authority where the applicant resides.
  • Testimonial of indigenous traditional authority and the municipal authority or the delegation of the place.

Note: Failure to provide proof of address may be delivered INAPAM CARD without considering the details of your home.

Where

In Cuernavaca, the INAPAM office is located in a nondescript, two-story building that was once a house behind an orange-painted wall that’s flush onto the sidewalk. It has a round arch-way entrance. It’s 100 feet north of Plan de Ayala, from where its street (Prolongacion del Carnero) makes a “T” with Plan de Ayala’s north (westbound) lane.

The street address in Cuernavaca is:

Prolongación Del Carnero No. 4
Col. Amatitlán, Cuernavaca
Tel: 100-1252
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Note: The street is not well marked. On Plan de Ayala look for the Pollo Feliz Restaurant. The INAPAM office is across the street from the restaurant and up the side street a few doors on the right. It was once a home and has a wall and gate with red and orange bougainvillaea above them.

The contact information for the National INAPAM headquarters is…

Website: In Spanish http://www.inapam.gob.mx/index/index.php

If you do not speak Spanish, you can click on the link for the much simplified English site, or simply Click Here!

INAPAM Headquarters: 01.800.462.7261

Direct Telephone: 5.687.9182 and 5.536.1143 and then extension 107.108 and 110.
Email: comunicainapam@yahoo.com.mx

Discounts

There are many discounts available to senior citizens, but you may experience difficulty in getting every clerk to apply the discounts. Many believe that the card is for Mexican Citizens only and will not honor one presented by a Gringo.

Stores

You can find many stores that will give discounts to holders of INAPAM cards.

Walmart – They offer discounts for INAPAM card holders

SAMS Wholesale – They offer discounts for INAPAM card holders

Travel Discounts

Rutas (local buses) – Only 2 or 3 passengers are given the discount on any bus. Often the driver will simply say that he already has accepted the card for other passengers in an attempt to collect the full fare. Since his salary is dependent on the margins collected by the bus company, one can understand that a “Company Man” might balk at giving discounts to keep the margins up.

Pullman Autobuses – Only 2 seniors are given the discount per bus. There have been stories that some clerks will not give the discount on buses going to the Airport. However, if you purchase your tickets in advance and over the Internet, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Estrella Blanca Autobuses – Offers discounts for trips within Mexico. If you are going to the states via bus, you can buy a ticket to Nuevo Laredo and get the discount, then pay full price on the bus to your final destination in the U.S.

Futura Autobuses – Offers discounts for trips within Mexico. If you are going to the states via bus, you can buy a ticket to Nuevo Laredo and get the discount, then pay full price on the bus to your final destination in the U.S.

Airlines – This will be for travel within Mexico. It depends on the clerk, and you may want to ask for a manager, but do so before you get to deeply in disagreement with the clerk as they don’t want their authority usurped.

InterJet Airlines – They offer a 20% discount for INAPAM card holders on flights within Mexico.

In Mexico City – Free access to public transportation (STC Metro, RTP, Trolley, Metrobus and Light Rail)

Travel Agencies – Many of the better agencies will work with you to get discounts on their services as well as at hotels and transportation on your behalf.

Artistic and Cultural Events

Museums – Almost all museums in Mexico give discounts to holders of INAPAM cards.

Movies – Most movies houses give discounts to senior citizens.

Dining

While many of the larger restaurants will offer discounts for INAPAM card holders, you may not get discounts from all restaurants, but it never hurts to ask.

VIPS Restaurants – They offer discounts for INAPAM card holders

Sanborns Restaurants – They offer discounts for INAPAM card holders

Taxes

Property Taxes (Predial) – With the INAPAM card, if your property measures up to 200 square meters – you are entitled to a 50% discount – even if you are not pensioned from the Social Security.  Any property over 200 square meters is not entitled to the discount.

Medical – Comprehensive Care Centers

Pharmacies – Many pharmacies will give a 5% discount if you hold a INAPAM card. Ask the price before showing them your INAPAM card.

Comprehensive Care Centers – These services are offered by professionals in various medical disciplines and laboratory services and cabinet, in the three Comprehensive Care Centers (ISC) INAPAM in Mexico City.

Health Care Services

Supporting the detection, control and monitoring of common diseases in older adults.

Addresses and medical services

CAI University:
Avenida Universidad No. 150, Col. Narvarte, Benito Juarez.
Phone 56-69-17-76
Manager: Ms. Lidia Hernandez Corres Icela

Services provided:
• General Medicine
• Geriatrics
• Otolaryngology
• Dermatology
• Gynecology
• Rheumatology
• Orthopedics
• Psychology
• Dentistry
• Nutrition
• Cabinet-ray “x”
• Cabinet ultrasound
• Cabinet of Audiology
• Electrocardiography
• Social Work
• Audiology (only on Wednesdays)

Requirements
Card Present INAPAM

Cost of the Consultation
General and Specialist Medicine $ 10.00
Dental Practice first $ 5.00
Dental Treatment I $ 10.00
Dental Treatment II $ 20.00
X-Ray $ 18.00
Dental X-ray $ 12.00
Electrocardiogram $ 12.00
Ultrasound (depending on the type of ultrasound and socioeconomic study) from $ 100.00
Clinical laboratory (depending on the type of profile) from $ 28.00
Audiology (only on Wednesdays, by appointment) $ 15.00

CAI Donceles: Donceles No. 43, Col. Centro, Cuauhtemoc, Tel 55-10-45-18
Responsible: CD Virgilio Lopez Gamez

Services provided:
• General Medicine
• Cardiology
• Optometry
• Dentistry
• dental laboratory
• Electrocardiography
• Social Work

Requirements
Card Present INAPAM

Cost of the Consultation
General and Specialist Medicine $ 10.00
Dental Practice first $ 5.00
Dental Treatment I $ 10.00
Dental Treatment II $ 20.00
X-Ray $ 18.00
Dental X-ray $ 12.00
Electrocardiogram $ 12.00
Ultrasound (depending on the type of ultrasound and socioeconomic study) from $ 100.00
Clinical laboratory (depending on the type of profile) from $ 28.00

CAI Federico Gómez Santos
Dr. Federico Gómez Santos
No. 7, Col. Doctors
Cuauhtemoc
Tel 56-34-88-90 ext. 105
Responsible: Dr. Alejandro Hernandez Careaga

Services provided:
• General Medicine
• Geriatrics
• Psychology
• Rehabilitation
• Optometry
• Dentistry
• Electrocardiography
• Cabinet-ray “x”
• Clinical Laboratory
• Social Work

Requirements
Card Present INAPAM

Cost of the Consultation
General and Specialist Medicine $ 10.00
Dental Practice first $ 5.00
Dental Treatment I $ 10.00
Dental Treatment II $ 20.00
X-Ray $ 18.00
Dental X-ray $ 12.00
Electrocardiogram $ 12.00
Ultrasound (depending on the type of ultrasound and socioeconomic study) from $ 100.00
Clinical laboratory (depending on the type of profile) from $ 28.00

Hours of service
Consultations for the first time:
From 8:00 to 12:00 hours Monday to Friday

Subsequent queries:
From 8:00 to 14:30 hours Monday to Friday

Training for Work and Leisure Time

The training develops alternatives INAPAM in the production of articles of various kinds, for subsistence or small-scale production, with which, in addition to occupying his spare time, seniors can earn extra income. There are craft workshops, crafts and arts, which take place in cultural centers and various INAPAM clubs.

Among the alternatives offered are jewelry, embroidery, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, printing on fabric, flowers, prints, toys, mesh and raffia, inlay, gold and jewelry, paper mache, leather goods, toys, painting, ceramic painting , porcelain painting, pyrography, Popotillo, embossing, woodcarving, card making, weaving and stained glass.

One action that has been carried out successfully is the opening of Computer Training Centers, which is covered with the aim of getting seniors up to date on the newest technologies.

The purpose of these centers is to enable older people in the parcel handling computer equipment, specifically the office and internet programs, which is an invaluable tool for updating, easy access to gainful employment and widens the range of communication.

Currently, these centers operate in Mexico City and are within INAPAM cultural centers and in some states of the Republic.

Responsible Alejandro Marín War. Reports to mobile 5604 87 22

These activities are conducted Monday through Friday, from 8:00 to 15:00, 4 cultural centers in Mexico City.

More information contact:

Alhambra Cultural Center
No. Alhambra. 1113
Col. Portales,
Phones: 5672 8301 5539 9637 and

Aragon Cultural Center
No. Aragon. 224
Col. Alamos
tels.: 55 79 83 05 55 79 83 95 and

Cuauhtémoc Cultural Center
Cuauhtémoc no. 956
Col. Narvarte,
tel.: 56 69 April 31

Cultural Center San Francisco
San Francisco No.. 1809
Col. Del Valle,
tels.: 55 34 95 97 55 24 May 15

Requirements: INAPAM Card, official photo card and payment of materials to take during the quarter.

Clubs INAPAM

They are community spaces where they meet and interact with people aged 60 and over, in which alternatives are offered training and human development, cutting educational, cultural, sporting and social.

The purpose of generating these spaces is to promote the participation of older people, promoting the organization and involvement in solving their problems, while encouraging their stay in the community.

To function have a specific regulation that makes members of the clubs, self-managed form groups capable of taking decisions and participate actively in community life, they decide actions for the collective good, always under the guidance and advice of the institution.

Within the clubs, senior citizens can receive sports, cultural, and social services Program INAPAM going to your neighborhood.

For more information:

Department of Promotion and Community Development
Vértiz 1414
Col. Vertiz Narvarte
Tel: 5601 29 84 and 5601 40 15

Hostels and Day Care Homes

Through this action, the Institute has set up shelters and day homes that provide comprehensive assistance to the elderly who have no family support or financial resources to enable them to meet their basic needs and be independent.

There are permanent or temporary accommodation, as well as balanced nutrition, geriatric monitoring, occupational therapy and social work services.

Social Work Area
Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:00
Phone 5669 1776 and 5669 2633

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G. William Hood is a writer, fine arts painter, educator and world traveler. He lives in Cuernavaca with his pet cockatiel, Pepe.
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