Island-born Puerto Ricans Will Need New Birth Certificates as of July 1, 2010

In December 2009 the government of Puerto Rico enacted a new law that would require all Puerto Rican-born citizens to apply for a new birth certificate. The law, which becomes effective on July 1, 2010, aims to fight fraud and prevent identity theft.

Puerto Rico’s legislature passed the law (Law 191 of 2009) after raids earlier in the year broke up a criminal ring that had stolen thousands of birth certificates and other identifying documents from several different schools in Puerto Rico.

As of July 1, 2010 the birth certificate of all Puerto Rican born citizens will become invalid. People born in Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth, are U.S. citizens at birth.

U.S. residents born in Puerto Rico will need to download an application and mail it to San Juan along with a copy of a U.S. photo ID, a return self-addressed stamped envelop, and a $5 filing fee. The law only waives the fee for a new birth certificate for people over 60 and for veterans. There is no replacement exemption for age.

The Puerto Rican government will not accept any applications until after July 1. Officials note that only persons expecting to present a valid birth certificate after July 1 should apply. Others, who do not need to present a new birth certificate for any official reason, should wait.

For more information on how to request a new Puerto Rican birth certificate visit http://www.prfaa.com/birthcertificates/.

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1 Response to Island-born Puerto Ricans Will Need New Birth Certificates as of July 1, 2010

  1. Phil Velez says:

    UPDATE: The deadline to file for a new Puerto Rican birth certificate has been extended to Sept. 30th, 2010.

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