INAPAM card for Seniors

How to get your government INAPAM card for Seniors

Island Resident Betty Li explains the process of securing a senior discount card….


Photo Courtesy of INAPAM

Last month I turned 60 years old and in Mexico that is considered a senior citizen.  There are many discounts for seniors if you have the government issued INAPAM card.  It is free to all Mexican Nationals and Permanent Residents.  (Not sure about for those with a Temporary Resident).


The card is available at the small white building on the northwest corner of the DIF Parque at Av 50 and Calle 3.  As per the sign they are open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm.

Here is what you are required to bring:


  • 2 copies of your elector credentials if you are Mexican or your Permanent Resident card (both sides) if you are not
  • 2 copies of your CURP
  • 2 copies of birth certificate (or some have used their passport)
  • 2 copies of a utility bill from your house (CFE, CAPA, etc)
  • 3 colour photos (small)

Photo Courtesy of the Author

It should only take about 20 minutes but don’t go on your actual birthday like I did.  They wouldn’t process it and I had to return the following day.  The other issue I had is that I brought my birth certificate as per the list advertised and they created my card with my maiden name.  She didn’t understand that I needed it in my married name which is shown on my PR Visa, CURP and utility bill.  She asked two of her co-workers who said it would be okay before making me a new one.  Friends told me they used their passport instead and had no problem.  It is a paper card so go over to Office Max at Mega and get it laminated for $8 pesos.

Some of the discounts:

  1. 50% off property taxes
  2. Colectivo fare half price ($4 pesos vs $8)
  3. Discount on ADO buses
  4. Discount on ferries between Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen
  5. Discounts at Cineoplis, some pharmacies, etc.


Betty Li, originally from Canada, is a permanent resident here in Cozumel.  She’s a active volunteer at the Humane Society of Cozumel Island, and also organizes the weekly women’s breakfast.


Cómo obtener la credencial del INAPAM para personas de tercera edad

Betty Li, habitante de la Isla, explica el procedimiento para obtener la tarjeta de descuento para personas de tercera edad . . .

El mes pasado cumplí 60 años y en México es la edad donde comienza la tercera edad. Si usted cuenta con la credencial del INAPAM expedida por el gobierno. Es gratuita para los mexicanos y extranjeros residentes permanentes (no estoy segura acerca de los residentes temporales).


La credencial está disponible en un pequeño edificio que se ubica en la esquina noroeste del parque DIF en la 50 avenida y calle 3. De acuerdo al señalamiento abren de lunes a viernes de las 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. Esto es lo que necesita traer consigo para obtenerla:


  • 2 copias de su credencial de elector en caso de ser mexicano o su credencial de residente permanente (ambos lados), en caso de no serlo.
  • 2 copias del CURP
  • 2 copias del acta de nacimiento (algunos han utilizado su pasaporte)
  • 2 copias del comprobante de domicilio de su casa (CFE, CAPA, etc.)
  • 3 fotografías a color (pequeñas)


La duración del trámite es de casi 20 minutos, pero no vayan el mismo día de su cumpleaños como lo hice yo. No harían el trámite y me fue necesario regresar al día siguiente. Otra situación es que presenté mi acta de nacimiento, tal como aparece en la lista y la credencial muestra mi nombre de soltera. Ella no comprendía que yo la necesitaba con mi nombre de casada que aparece en mi credencial de residente permanente, CURP y comprobante de domicilio. Ella consultó a dos compañeros de trabajo quienes contestaron que estaba bien que me expidieran una credencial nueva. Amigos míos me comentaron que usaron su pasaporte y que no tuvieron problemas. Es una credencial de papel así que vayan a Office Max en mega para que por $8 pesos la plastificarlas.

Algunos de los descuentos:

  1. 50% del predial
  2. Mitad de precio en el colectivo ($4 pesos en lugar de $8)
  3. Descuento en los camiones ADO
  4. Descuento en los ferris entre Cozumel y Playa del Carmen
  5. Descuentos en Cinepolis, algunas farmacias, etc.


Betty Li es originaria de Canadá y residente permanente en Cozumel. Es activa voluntaria de la Sociedad Humanitaria de la Isla de Cozumel, y organiza el desayuno semanal de mujeres.



Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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1 Comment
  1. Robert Martin 2 years ago

    Doing things in Cozumel is often made more difficult than necessary. Since I also keep a place in Merida, I got mine there. So quick and simple. I went to the office told the lady what I wanted and asked what documents she needed. She asked if I had my passport, which I did. Gave it to her, she showed me where to sit for the photo and that was it. I waited and it was ready in about 10 minutes.

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