Puerto Rican birth certificates to become invalid
All Puerto Rican birth certificates will be invalidated come July 1 to combat identity theft, raising concerns among Puerto Rican-born U.S. residents in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.
In Puerto Rico, instead of providing a copy of their birth certificate to register for school or summer camp, people are required to provide certified originals, which often fall into the wrong hands.
Luis Balzac, regional director of Puerto Rican Federal Affairs, tells News 12 that the commonwealth instituted a new law last December, invalidating birth certificates to take away "the value they have on the black market."
Balzac says the decision was made after the U.S. State Department uncovered thousands of cases of passport fraud issued from Puerto Rican birth certificates.
For interview about law invalidating Puerto Rican birth certificates, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.