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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.

Link to Puer­to rico site Birth Cer­tifi­cate page. Infor­ma­tion about the law that was cre­at­ed regard­ing the New birth cer­tifi­cates.

Link to get a new cer­tifi­cate appli­ca­tion to apply by mail.