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Field Ops Memo 2010-49: Puerto Rico Birth Certificates


Effective October 31, 2010, a new law invalidates all birth certificates issued by the Puerto Rico Health Department prior to October 31, 2010 and requires Puerto Rico-born individuals to obtain new birth certificates.

Purpose of Memo
This memo provides guidance to case managers on how to proceed as of October 31, 2010.

Beginning October 31, 2010, case managers must:

  • continue honoring client birth certificates issued from Puerto Rico prior to October 31, 2010 that are already on file as they are considered to be permanent verifications and continue to satisfy program eligibility requirements;
  • explain the new information about Puerto Rico birth certificates to affected applicants; and
  • assist applicants in obtaining alternative verifications when a birth certificate from Puerto Rico issued before October 31, 2010 is furnished to document eligibility.
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