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Government of Puerto Rico
Department of Health
Application for Birth Certificate
Choose the most convenient application process:

VitalChek -Apply online through VitalCheck, the vital document processor approved by the Department Health of Puerto Rico. The processing fee is $12.00 plus shipping and handling. VitalChek guarantees the document delivery within 12 to 14 working days.

PR.GOV - Request directly through the Demographic Registry through PR.GOV. $5.00 service fee plus shipping. PR.GOV guarantees that your certificate delivery within 5 to 10 working days.

Phone – Request your certificate by phone at 866-842-6765. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mail – Fill and sign application and send with the copy of a valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport). When the name on the application includes the last name of a spouse, applicants must also submit, in addition to the photo identification, a copy of the marriage certificate. Please include $5.00 money order made to the Secretary of the Treasure of PR or government tax stamp (the cost of each additional original in the same application is $4.00) Checks or other forms of payment are NOT accepted. Send pre-addressed, stamped envelope with return address clearly printed to: Demographic Registry P.O. Box 11854 San Juan Puerto Rico 00910. The application can also be sent via pre-paid express services (Express Mail, Federal Express and UPS). To send the application via express service, address to: Demographic Registry #171 Quisqueya Street, Hato Rey Puerto Rico 00917. For additional information, please call (787)-767-9120, extensions 2402, 2406 and 2415.
New Information regarding Birth Certificates
The Government of Puerto Rico recently enacted a new law (Law 191 of 2009 as Amended) aimed at strengthening the issuance and usage of birth certificates to combat fraud and protect the identity and credit of all people born in Puerto Rico. The new law was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to address the fraudulent use of Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates to unlawfully obtain U.S. passports, Social Security benefits, and other federal services, and to commit other types of identity theft and fraud.

The new law calls for the issuance of new, security-enhanced certificates beginning July 1, 2010. To provide for a transition period, any previously issued certificates will remain valid until September 30, 2010. As of October 1, 2010, all birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 will be invalidated and only the newly-issued birth certificates will remain valid.

It is important to understand that there is no need to rush out and get a new birth certificate. It is suggested that only people who have a specific need for their birth certificate for official purposes request a new birth certificate right away. Please keep in mind that due to the high volume of applications that are currently being submitted, applicants should expect considerable wait times in the processing of their application.
Frequently Asked Questions
For additional information and answers to frequently asked questions please follow this link: Frequently Asked Questions
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