Puerto Rico birth certificates to be revoked July 1

| March 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Department of the Army
News Release

Effective July 1, all birth certificates issued by Puerto Rico prior to July 1, 2010, will be invalid, according to a new Puerto Rican law passed earlier this year.

Affected Soldiers, civilian employees and family members will need to request issue of a new birth certificate following specific procedures.

There is a history of Puerto Rico birth certificates being used for common transactions that shouldn’t require them, such as school enrollment, employment applications and youth sports registration.

These documents were often kept unsecured in schools, public offices, churches and other places without proper safeguards.

As a result, criminals have stolen sensitive data to obtain passports, immigration benefits or to traffic women and children.

For new accessions, certificates issued by Puerto Rico prior to July 1, 2010, will become invalid and may not be used to verify eligibility for enlistment into the Army, effective July 1.

The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration fact sheet, recommends that only people who have a specific need for their birth certificate for official purposes, such as Army enlistment or passport, request a certificate. at in July.

Those who want a copy of the new birth certificate for their records are encouraged to do so at a later date. Waiting will prevent an unnecessary rush of applications.

All new birth certificates will cost $5. If multiple copies are requested with one application, all additional copies after the first will cost $4. The fees will be waived for all veterans and people over the age of 60.

Most people will actually save money with this law because the new birth certificates issued after July 1 will have no expiration and citizens will no longer be required to submit multiple, original copies of their birth certificates for common transactions in Puerto Rico.

The new birth certificates cost $5, will be issued after July 1 and will have no expiration date.

Citizens will no longer be required to submit multiple, original copies of their birth certificates for common transactions in Puerto Rico.

Citizens born in Puerto Rico but residing elsewhere may obtain a copy of the new birth certificate by filling out an application form — on or after July 1, 2010 — from the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Record office.

Forms are available at: www.salud.gov.pr/Programas/RegistroDemografico/Pages/RequisitosparasolicituddeNacimiento.asp.

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