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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Important Information on Puerto Rican Birth Certificates

Massachusetts residents born in Puerto Rico need to know the information below.

On July 1, the Puerto Rican government will implement a new law to reduce identity fraud. Under the new law, all Puerto Rico birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010, will be invalidated so that "new, more secure certificates" can be issued.

There is no need for everyone to rush out and get a new birth certificate on July 1. It is suggested that only people who have a specific need for their birth certificate for official purposes need request a new birth certificate right away.

Those Puerto Rican-born living in the states will be able to request and receive their new birth certificates through a simple process by mail. The fee is $5, but will be waived for people over 60 and veterans. Online applications can be found at www.pr.gov.

For more information, please visit the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration website:
http://www.prfaa.com/birthcertificates/.

Related articles:

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-05-2010/were_you_born_in_puerto_rico.html

http://www.ubspectrum.com/news/new-law-forces-puerto-rican-citizens-to-renew-birth-certificates-1.1277228



Last Updated: June 23, 2010
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