The following information is summarized from the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration: Birth Certificate Law and frequently asked questions (FAQs), http://www.salud.gov.pr/Servicios-al-Ciudadano/Pages/Registro-Demografico.aspx.
Summary of the New Birth Certificate Law 191:
A new law adopted in Puerto Rico in December of 2009, (Law 191) is aimed at strengthening the issuance and usage of birth certificates to combat fraud and protect the identity and credit of all persons born in Puerto Rico. Approximately, 40% of passport fraud cases investigated by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in recent years involved stolen Puerto Rican birth certificates. This left Puerto Rico-born citizens vulnerable to identity theft, ruined credit, improper access to Social Security benefits, and increased “random” security checks at airports.
The new law 191, which went into effect on January 1, 2010, implements the following changes:
How to Apply for a New Birth Certificate if Currently Residing Outside of Puerto Rico:
Ordering a birth certificate through VitalChek, a private company is offering this service. If you have already placed an order on the website or by telephone the estimated time for your order to be processed can be found on the order confirmation email you were sent at the time it was placed. You can also access your Order Receipt which will have the processing time by visiting the My Order page on the website, http://www.vitalchek.com or at 866-842-6765, a 24-hour, bilingual call center service is available.
Citizens born in Puerto Rico but residing elsewhere may obtain a new birth certificate by filling out a Birth Certificate Application form from the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Record office on or after July 1, 2010. Application forms can be obtained at: http://www.salud.gov.pr/Servicios-al-Ciudadano/Pages/Registro-Demografico.aspx; or call (787) 767-9120, The Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Record Office for additional information.
Once an applicant completes and signs the form, they should follow these steps
To send applications, through premium mail services (FedEx, Express Mail, Registered Mail, UPS) correspondences should be directed to the following street address:
Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Record Office
171 Quisqueya Street
Hato Rey, PR 00917
SOURCE: Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Puerto Rico Birth Certificates
Law 191 of 2009 Fact Sheet; Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA)
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