What is a Certified Copy?
By means of a certified copy, an authorized public official certifies that a document is a true and exact copy of the original. The certified copy is a common requirement for legal procedures in Puerto Rico. For example, if you are divorced and wish to remarry, you may be asked to provide a certified copy of the divorce decree. However, most likely you will only be asked for the Certificate of Divorce. Therefore, it is important that, before ordering, you verify exactly what they are asking for.
If you are getting married abroad, you can order with us a Certificate of Divorce or, if you have never been married, a Certificate of Singleness. Just in case, such Certificates (Divorce or Single Status), we can obtain them faster than a certified copy as the latter would entail searching the court records.
On the other hand, we can also obtain a certified copy of a deed. This is as long as you appear in it or you are entitled to it because you are an heir. On the other hand, if what you need is the certified copy of a will, you should go to this other direct link on Will Search. Also,if necessary, we can obtain documents from the Land Registry.
Who is entitled to a copy of a divorce decree?
It is important to note that family cases, such as divorces, are confidential. Therefore, we can only obtain a divorce decree if you were one of the parties or are an heir. Once you pay your order here, we will email you a document to sign, which will serve as your authorization for us to complete the process.
How long does the certified copy take and how is the shipping?
This process can take up to 30 days (plus shipping time), depending on the date of the document and the town where it was issued. The shipping cost will be automatically calculated depending on the address you enter when finalizing your order. We ship anywhere in the world. Shipments to the U.S. or PR are through federal mail and international shipments via FedEx® or UPS®.
What if I need to use the document abroad?
In order for the certified copy to be valid abroad(outside PR or USA), it is necessary to apply an "Apostille". This process involves a separate procedure on our part, and therefore involves an additional cost.
In which language(s) is the document issued?
PR government court documents are almost always in Spanish only. However, if you wish, you can order with us an English translation, certified by a notary attorney. The final price of the translation will depend on the number of pages of the document. Therefore, you should first consult with us to provide you with an estimate of the total cost before ordering.
What do I do if I have questions or doubts?
If after reading this you still have any doubts or questions, you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.