Jan 26, 2010, 6:09 PM
Post #28 of 33
Yes, it is a nationwide program. The cards are now called INAPAM cards, they used to be called INSEN cards, the INSEN cards are still valid. You must be 60 years old to get one. This link will take you to a page in Spanish that lists the things that are required to get a card: http://www.inapam.gob.mx/index/index.php?sec=24
There are many businesses in México that give discounts for INAPAM card holders, most bus lines and some airlines, many farmacias and restaurants too. You will need to ask if they give the discounts, not all do. The bus and airline discounts are usually substantial, the farmacias and restaurants usually give only a 10% discount, but every little bit helps. Be sure to ask at the cashier. In restaurants that give the discount, my suegra and I usually present our cards at the cashier when I pay the bill, and the discounts are calculated there.
Since everything is usually done differently in every state here, I would advise going to their office in advance and asking them what they want you to bring with you to get your card. They wanted me to bring my US passport, and Mexican Visa, but instead of two black and white infantil size photos, they wanted color photos here in Morelos and they only wanted a color copy of the pages in my passport and FM3 visa showing my photo and the page of the FM3 visa that I had then showing the prorrogas (renewals) to verify who I am and that I live here legally. Some offices want a copy of every page of your passport and visa.
They told my suegra that she didn't need to get an INAPAM card as her INSEN card will never expire. I was given a temporary card and to to come back in one month to get my permanent card. After several months and being told each time that my card would be ready in a month, I gave up. My temporary card has no expiration date on it, and it is laminated. I have been using it for 2 or 3 years now with no problems at all. One of these days if I am near their office, I may check to see if they have my permanent card. I don't expect them to have it after all this time, and I don't care if they do or not. I don't need it, the one I have works just fine.
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