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:  

  • passport
  • 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!   

Senior Discount article by Barbie.

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22 Responses to Free Senior Discount Card in Mexico!

  1. Sonia Lopez

    April 15, 2010 at 10:19 am


    My parents will be traveling by air to Mexico City come June, so what is a DIF Office, and is this available at the airport?


  2. Barbie


    April 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Sonia, no, don’t think there is one the airport at all – but the DIF office in Mexico City is at:
    Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia
    Zapata 340 P.B.
    Sta. Cruz Atoyac, 03310
    México D.F. (Districto Federal)
    Tel. (55) 30032200
    I am just putting up a new writting about that and the Senior Discount Card – check at – should be up by tonight – Called “Senior Discount Card, Part 2”

  3. Emily

    July 6, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Hi, Barbie. I’ve been reading your posts and enjoy them. We are considering moving to Mexico within the next year/year and a half. We are planning a trip to La Manzanilla del Mar next May (Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise).

    My question is how long after we move to Mexico can we apply for an FM-3 visa to replace our Turista card?

    Thanks for your help.

  4. [email protected] Walking Tours Rome

    June 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    This is the first time that I’ve heard about this. Does this card only apply for those visiting Mexico? I should tell my grandparents about this because they’re retired and checking off places on their bucket list :)

  5. Barbie


    June 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    The discount card is for seniors living in Mexico.

  6. [email protected] Walking Tours Rome

    June 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the response. They started researching on it already :) Does this require them to physically go to Mexico to apply?

  7. Barbie


    July 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm


  8. [email protected] Toyota Lease Return

    July 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    This sounds interesting. Definitely something to keep in mind when it’s time to retire. Do you know how long this senior discount has been around and do you think it will be around in the next 10-20 years?

  9. Barbie


    July 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Just know it’s been around for a while. Who knows what the future may bring… Barbie

  10. [email protected]

    September 19, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Go Mexico! There you are, with all such good facilities to make the senior citizens life so affordable and even for that matter bringing some sort of happiness in their life. I think the government of this city is doing a very good job. Keep it up Mexico. I think even I would be coming to Mexico before some years of my retirement so that even I enjoy the benefits of a discount card. LOL!

  11. [email protected] costumes

    September 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    What kind of a discount is it? Is it on food, clothing or any other shopping? If it’s on everything then I think the senior Mexican’s will be the most beneficial citizens amongst the whole world. It’s a good deed that the Mexico government is doing by issuing discount cards and other facilities. Great Work Mexico! Keep it up.

  12. Barbie


    September 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Here’s my article on the senior discount card:

  13. [email protected] homes

    September 26, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Every family thinks of saving money no matter whether they are rich or poor. It’s always good to have a saving habit as it helps to manage our expenses when we come close to or we enter our retirement age. I think that ways Mexico is doing a great job! Mexican Government will be surely blessed by its citizens. Good going Mexico!

  14. [email protected] Hotel

    September 28, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Good going Mexico! The main motive of the Mexican Government behind the discount card concept is to serve the senior citizens of Mexico. This city is proving to be citizen friendly and people of course would like to stay in a city like this where they nurture their citizens like this. I wish this facility is available soon in every part of the world.

  15. [email protected] printing,

    October 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    My only question to the Mexican Government is that why only the senior citizens should be given a chance to save and why is it that only they are provided with a discount card? Even the young generation should be provided with one so as to ensure that they realize the importance of saving money at an early age which would help them save some more for their future.

  16. Barbie


    October 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Good to have another opinion. Thanks Patrick.

  17. [email protected] home builders

    October 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Due to the increase in overall expenses in day to day life, all of us strive hard towards having a good amount of savings at the end of the month. For this at times we even buy clothes and food stuff from the roadside. But now this situation might be seen in Mexico in the coming years as the Government of Mexico has bought some relief to its senior citizens.

  18. [email protected] service in ct

    October 20, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I wonder how the Mexican government would afford distributing so many discount cards. It looks like they are under good profits that they can afford to sell products to their citizens at subsidized prices. Anyways, good that the Mexicans especially the Senior Mexicans can now enjoy freedom to shop adequate and at the same time will be able to even save.

  19. Barbie


    October 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Cards such as the discount cards are underwritten by the businesses who gain customers and sales. Same as in any country. Barbie

  20. Nursing Homes UK

    November 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    If you save money it will give you benefits when you get older. At that time of age you need support, but if you are financially sounds, then it will not tough to hire Caregiver’s services. So save for your future. J

  21. Barbie


    November 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Excellent suggestion – but for those who think it’s too late – people heading into their 60’s – there are other countries you can live in for a lot less than you can in the U.S. There are beginning to be really nice, affordable retirement homes in those other countries, because they see the need too.

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    November 20, 2013 at 5:28 am

    Thank you for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and
    I will be waiting for your next write ups thanks once again.

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