How to Obtain Your Senior Citizen's Discount Card in Puerto Vallarta
This card is available to persons who have reached the age of sixty (60), including foreign nationals who have legal residency status in Mexico. It provides for significant discounts on a number of items, such as bus and domestic airline fares, movies, museums, and some restaurant and retail purchases, including pharmaceuticals. The card is provided free, and it does not need to be renewed or replaced unless lost. This card serves the same purposes as the card formerly called the INSEN Card.
The senior card is correctly known as a Tarjeta INAPAM (INAPAM Card). INAPAM stands for Insituto Nacional de las Personas Adultas Mayores (National Institute for Older Adults). It is located in SEDESOL, which is the Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (Secretariat of Social Development), in the State of Jalisco Office Building, UNIRSE, Unidad Regional de Servicios del Estado (Regional Unit of State Services).
The INAPAM Card is obtained by visiting the State Building, UNIRSE, at Av. Grandes Lagos No. 236, Fraccionamiento Villas Vallarta, very close to a bridge over the Río Pitillal. The cross street is Jongitud Barrios. (Read update below)
Av. Grandes Lagos is a boulevard that connects Av. Prisciliano Sánchez with Av. Fluvial Vallarta. Av. Prisciliano Sánchez is the boulevard that runs from the Maritime Port on the Tepic/Vallarta highway, or Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, where the large cruise ships dock, up past Sam´s toward El Pitillal. Av. Fluvial Vallarta is the boulevard running inland that one takes to get from the Tepic/Vallarta highway, or Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio, to go to Costco. The green Versalles bus stops very close to the UNIRSE building.
The telephone number is (322) 226-1800 (this is a general information number for the building; INAPAM does not have its own telephone). The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Following are the documents you need to have with you in order to acquire an INAPAM card. A kiosk is available where one may pay for copies on site if one hasn´t done so before arriving.
• A copy of your birth certificate; it does not need to be translated into Spanish.
• The original and a copy of your current Mexican residency document.
• The original and a copy of your U.S. or Canadian passport.
• Proof of your domicile (comprobante de domicilio), which can be satisfied by the presentation of an original and a copy of the most recent electric, water, or telephone bill. They understand that the name of the person on the bill may not be the same as the name of the applicant, i.e., you rent from an owner whose name is on the bill.
• 2 recent photographs, child size (tamaño infantil), easily and inexpensively obtained at Farmacia de Guadalajara.
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