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RELEASE: October 4, 2010

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Update: MVC Advised of Puerto Rico Birth Certificate Extension
Birth certificates valid until October 30

(TRENTON) New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are advised that the Government of Puerto Rico has extended the validity of expiring Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates until Saturday, October 30, 2010. After this date, old birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 by Puerto Rico will not be accepted as proof of identification when obtaining a Digital Driver License (DDL).

A law passed by the Puerto Rican government, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will invalidate all Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates issued prior to July 1 in order to prevent fraud and unlawful attempts to obtain U.S. passports, Social Security benefits and other federal services.

Puerto Rico-born residents must obtain a new, valid copy of their birth certificate from the Puerto Rico Vital Statistics Record Office. Individuals who do not obtain a new birth certificate will be unable to apply for a U.S. Passport or other federal or state programs.

Those Puerto Rico-born customers who already possess a New Jersey DDL do not need to present their birth certificate when renewing a license. A DDL serves as a four-point, primary document for renewal purposes. If a customer loses his or her DDL, or seeks to obtain a DDL for the first time, a valid birth certificate or other four-point, primary document is required for the transaction.

To assist its customers in obtaining new birth certificates, the MVC has provided information on its website at www.njmvc.gov. For more information customers may also visit the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration website at http://www.prfaa.com/birthcertificates.