More about the Birth Certificate
Who is entitled to apply for the Certificate?
Every person over 18 years of age has the right to obtain his or her Certificate. In addition, their parent, legal guardian, legal representative, legal custodian, guardian or heirs.
How long does the process take and what does the shipping look like?
Normal processing time is 10 working days . We also have an "express" or "super express" service(5 or 3 business days, respectively), for an additional cost at checkout.
In addition, the shipping time (i.e., the time it takes for the mail to arrive) will depend on the mail service you choose ("Priority" or "Express"). We ship anywhere in the world. For PR or USA, we use the federal mail system ("US Postal Service"). International shipments are through FedEx® or UPS®.
In which languages is this Certificate issued?
This Certificate is automatically issued in both Spanish and English.
Can I correct errors on the Certificate?
Yes, we can correct errors, but through this other link: Certificate Correction.
On what date did the current format begin?
Puerto Rico Birth Certificates had a change in the official format, effective July 1st, 2010. This was done to correct security issues. Therefore, they are valid, at least for use in Puerto Rico, only if they were issued after that date. Just in case, for easy differentiation, in addition to indicating the "Date Issued" at the bottom of the document, these new Certificates are coloured blue.
Since when are there records in the Registry?
The Demographic Registry of Puerto Rico began in 1931. However, they have many records from 1885 to 1931, from the stage known as the "Registro Civil". Prior to 1885 there is no documentation, but you could go to the parish or church of the town of birth to verify the baptismal records. Also, if necessary, you can search the databases at FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com. Finally, if your case is pre-1885, we regret that we will not be able to assist you.
What other Certificates do you process?
Where can I go for questions?
If you still have questions after reading this, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.