Free Senior Discount Card in Mexico!
Well, Christmas is almost here. Only a few more days to go. All of the family will be getting together for Christmas dinner… and of course to open presents!
I just received this email and it prompted me to write today’s blog post. It’s from Barbara B. in the Yucatan. She writes:
HI, Barbie. Well here we are in the Yucatan. Can you tell me, can we buy a pickup here and put the title in both our names?
In one of your letters you said something about people over 50 could get a card for senior discount on busses and tours etc. Can you tell me where I can get a card? I am 81 and my husband is 86 years young. Thank God there are people like you who can help us old folks! Thank you so much. Barbara B.
First of all, Yes, Barbara! You can buy a pickup and put the title to it in both names.
Now, let’s delve into one of my favorite things – saving money! Yes, even in Mexico, residents and retirees can say “Senior discount, please” and be rewarded.
The National Institute of Older Persons (I prefer “senior” – Barbie), a Federal program administered by DIF (Desarrollo Integrál de la Familia) was designed to enhance the quality of life for all legal residents, Mexican and foreign, who are over the age of 60. This “Senior Discount Card” was originally issued only to Mexican citizens and foreigners holding an FM-2 immigrant visa, but now it is now available for anyone holding FM-3’s also.
You’ll receive various discounts… on your pharmacy purchases…. discounts on your water bill, discounts to concerts, transportation, clinics, bus fare, festivals, movies, restaurants and lots more. You can read more about the whole program here
Here’s how you get your senior discount card:
First find the DIF office in your part of Mexico. If there isn’t one, ask at the local government office where you should go to apply. As with any office in Mexico, hours may be limited –and even their supplies. Try to go early and take a book or something to fill your time in case you have to wait. Be sure to bring with you:
- birth certificate
- valid FM-2 or FM-3 residence visa
- photo ID such as your passport or driver’s license
- proof of residence (a utility bill in your name, deed to your home, or rental lease, etc.)
- 3 photos in “infantile” size (smaller than passport size. Any passport photographer will know the correct dimensions)
- contact information for someone to be contacted in case of emergency;
Make sure you bring least two photocopies of everything on this list.
With all this in hand, you should be able to obtain and physically walk out of the office with the senior discount card in your hand. You’ll find the constant use may wear them out, so laminate your cards. You’ll probably want to make a couple of copies of them for future use too.
And that’s how you can get your senior discount!
So what do you think, folks? Do you have a question about life in Mexico? Are you ready to retire? Would you like to make a comment or a suggestion? If you don’t see the “COMMENT” field below, simply follow this link to the complete article and tell me what you think!