We are happy to engage VitalChek to provide safe, convenient access for ordering official Puerto Rico birth certificates
Brentwood, Tenn. (PRWEB) July 12, 2010
LexisNexis® VitalChek Network Inc., America's leading source for government-issued birth certificates and other vital records, has been selected by the Demographic Registry of Puerto Rico to be an officially authorized processor of Puerto Rican birth certificate requests.
"We are happy to engage VitalChek to provide safe, convenient access for ordering official Puerto Rico birth certificates," explains Wanda del C. Llovet Díaz, director of the Demographic Registry of Puerto Rico. "Their expertise in secure online birth certificate ordering directly ties to our initiative of issuing new, more secure certificates."
The Demographic Registry of Puerto Rico formed this arrangement with VitalChek in response to Law 191 of 2009, which was enacted to address the fraudulent use of Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates to unlawfully obtain U.S. passports, Social Security benefits and other federal services. Under this new law certificates started being issued July 1, 2010; current Puerto Rico birth certificates will remain valid until Sept. 30, 2010, to give those who need the new birth certificate a three month window to apply. The law affects all people born in Puerto Rico, regardless of their location on the island, stateside or abroad.
Beginning July 1, 2010, Puerto Rican-born citizens can order their new, official birth certificates through VitalChek online at http://www.VitalChek.com. VitalChek's secure remote ordering processes incorporate security safeguards designed to protect the privacy of consumers and help prevent document fraud and identity theft. "VitalChek has always placed the utmost importance on our consumers' privacy," says Jeff Piefke, general manager for VitalChek. "We continually emphasize security and safety in every aspect of our ordering process for all vital records."
Only individuals born in Puerto Rico who need a birth certificate for official purposes need apply right away; examples of official purposes include obtaining a first-time driver's license, passport or Social Security card; providing proof of citizenship, or enrolling a child in school. It is recommended that individuals obtain a copy at a later date if there is not an immediate, official need for a birth certificate.
For more information on the Puerto Rican birth certificate law, please visit the Demographic Registry of Puerto Rico website at: http://www.salud.gov.pr/.
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LexisNexis VitalChek Network Inc. is America's first online remote ordering service for life's important documents. For over 20 years, VitalChek has provided an affordable, easy and reliable way to obtain official government vital records as an official service provider for more than 600 government agencies throughout the United States and its Territories, safely delivering millions of important documents every year. VitalChek is a recommended source for online birth certificates for congressional offices, passport acceptance agencies, travel agencies, major airlines and cruise lines, post offices, school administrators, tour operators, department of defense and military recruiters, sports organizations, hospitals, public health agencies and courts and social services agencies. Additional information is available at http://www.VitalChek.com.