SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- 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 on the black market.
Puerto Ricans born on the island receive an American Social Security number and are eligible for a United States passport from birth.
For more information, call (787) 767-9120 ext. 2402 or visit their Web site.