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Puerto Rican Citizens required to request new copy of birth Certificates if those were issued prior to Dec.2009

Posted by admin on 2010/3/29 8:20:00 (1747 reads)

Puerto Rican-born citizens living in the United States will now have to request a new copy of their birth certificates.

The country's Gov. Luis Fortuño signed a law making all old birth certificates processed prior to December 2009 not valid in any federal agency.

A transition period will be in effect until July 1. The new law is an effort to reduce all fraud cases reported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the past year.

According to the governmental agency, a Puerto Rican birth certificate runs for about $5,000 to $10,000 in the black market.

Puerto Ricans born in the island receive an American Social Security number and are eligible for a United States passport from birth.      

In order to obtain an Ohio Driver License or Identification Card, applicants using a Puerto Rico birth certificate will need to provide additional documents to prove their identify.

A list of acceptable primary and secondary documents can be found at: http://bmv.ohio.gov/acceptable_id_documents.stm

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