Speaking of turning 60…

Tom is now officially 60.
We had a party to be sure it was official. It’s time to get his INAPAM card. INAPAM is an acronym for Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores.
The card gets you senior citizen discounts

Many have posted of their trials and tribulations in attempting to obtain their card. We listened, and we learned. A week or so before Tom’s birthday we went to INM (Immigration) and applied for Tom’s CURP –

Immigration (INM) office is at the corner of Ave. Colon and calle 6, Colonia Garcia Gineres 999-928-5832 or 999-928-6141

EDIT * Thanks to Leslie Limon for the acronym identification – CURP stands for Clave Unico de Registro Publico.

We had all the paperwork and copies that so many learned were needed, the hard way.

Complete copies of ALL pages of both FM3 and Passport, comprobante de domicilo, and the completed form requesting the CURP.

Within a week we had the CURP.

* EDIT – and according to MCM – You can also get your CURP at Registro Civil de Estado (Calle 65 between 64 y 66, she thinks). Just bring your FM-3, no copies, no passport.

Then this morning we headed out to get Tom’s identification photo. Getting the photo took us about 35 minutes. At Wal-Mart on Montejo and Perez Ponce just as you enter the front door on the right is the photo area, you ask for photos de identificacion, tamaño infantil, color. You get about 6 postage stamp size photos for 30mxp.

Thusly armed we were off to the local office of the Instituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores (National Institute for Senior Citizens, or INAPAM) office at:
59 x Av. Itzaes y 90, Modulo 2, 999-923-9600

where along with his new photo, a copy of first 2 information pages of FM3 and ORIGINAL FM3, and a copy of the comprobante de domicilo, we approached the INAPAM door, as I placed my hand on the doorknob, the young woman sitting at the plastic table asked if she could help us.

I thought she was just waiting like several others already there. Turns out she has the paperwork for the INAPAM card. We explained what we wanted, showed her the documents, she asked to see Tom’s passport which we didn’t have with us, doh! Then said we didn’t have the CURP number, I turned to the correct page pointed it out to her, she wrote our address on the back of the FM3 copy, asked for emergency contact – ME! and my cell phone nuber, then Tom’s cellphone. She took the copy, and the photo and told us to wait as she entered the room.

We waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and after about 15 minutes a woman opens the door, looks at us and motions to us, well actually she only wanted Tom, to follow. I was asked to wait outside. This was a little disconcerting and I could see the brief look of panic on Tom’s face; he doesn’t speak much spanish just yet.

About 4 minutes pass and Tom comes out with his new INAPAM card, and a booklet identifying possible discounts


We celebrated by going out for lunch, nope, not at any of the places where we could have received a discount, there’s always tomorrow!


About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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10 Responses to Speaking of turning 60…

  1. Islagringo says:

    Thank you for this info! We have asked and asked about this card and nobody has been able to tell us anything. We are now going to head out this week and try to get one for B. It means a big savings to us because we have to take the ferry so often and they offer a 50% discount.

  2. Nancy says:

    Very cool Tom. Barry went down last week and had his CURP and INAPAM card in just a few hours…including walking time!!

  3. Tom and Debi says:

    Along with the INAPAM card you get a booklet of possible discounts, I say possible because, well This Is Mexico!
    Everything from transporatation, restaurants, coffe shops, framing shops, to medical stuff, quite a list!

    It's already paid off with the discounts we received on bus and ferry fees.

  4. 1st Mate says:

    Thanks for reminding me, I need to apply for my card too! The bus discounts are worth the bother, for one thing.

    Feliz cumpleanos, Tom!

  5. La Dulce says:

    Looks like I owe someone a birthday drink. Do you get discounts on those?

  6. Paul says:

    Way to go Tom.

  7. mcm says:

    As an (easier) alternative to applying for the CURP at INM, you can go to the Registro Civil de Estado (Calle 65 between 64 y 66, I think). Just bring your FM-3, no copies, no passport. It took about five minutes. I was also able to get my husband's CURP, although he wasn't there. I was concerned because our FM-3s don't have a foreign registry number (someone had mentioned that this was a problem when applying for a CURP at the municipal Registro Civil). No problem at the state Registro, though.

  8. Hey Debi, what size of discount and types of places honor the card?

  9. Tranquilita says:

    Wait, wait, wait, wait… It seems mexican burocracy will never change!

  10. Leslie Limon says:

    Just to refresh your memory, CURP stands for Clave Unico de Registro Publico. So glad to hear that all turned out well.

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