Puerto rico department of health: Where to Write for Vital Records

Where to Write for Vital Records

Birth

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $5.00 first copy; $4.00 each additional copy requested on the same application. Registrants over 60 years of age and Veterans of the United States Armed Forces can obtain copies of their birth records free of charge. Maximum three (3) copies per registrant per year.

Address – All mail-in applications must be sent to:
Department of Health
Demographic Registry
P.O. Box 11854
Fernandez Juncos Station
San Juan, PR 00910

If using an Express Service (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS Express or Priority Mail), applications must be sent to the following PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

Department of Health
Demographic Registry
414 Barbosa Avenue
Lincoln Building
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00925

Remarks: The Central Office of the Demographic Registry has records pertaining to all citizens born as of June 22, 1931. Copies of earlier records may be obtained by writing to the Local Registrar’s Office in the municipality where the event occurred. Payment method via money orders, which should be made payable to the Secretary of Treasury. Neither cash, personal nor bank checks are accepted. To verify the current fees, the telephone number is 787-765-2929 Ext. 6131. All applications must be accompanied by a legible photocopy of a valid form of identification (driver’s license, Passport, or a government emitted ID). Veterans must submit a copy of their DD214 or Veterans Affairs Identification card to receive benefits. Applicants must considered to be an interested party established by law, which are: the proper registrant, mother/father, children over 18 years of age, legal custodian, legal representatives or heirs if existent.

Death

Event: Death

Cost of copy: $5.00 first copy; $4.00 each additional copy requested on the same application. Beneficiaries of a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces can obtain copies of their death records free of charge (widow or children under 21 years of age).

Address – All mail-in applications must be sent to:
Department of Health
Demographic Registry
P.O. Box 11854
Fernandez Juncos Station
San Juan, PR 00910

If using an Express Service (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS Express or Priority Mail), applications must be sent to the following PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

Department of Health
Demographic Registry
414 Barbosa Avenue
Lincoln Building
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00925

Remarks: The Central Office of the Demographic Registry has records pertaining to all citizens deceased as of June 22, 1931. Copies of earlier records may be obtained by writing to the Local Registrar’s Office in the municipality where the event occurred. Payment method via money orders, which should be made payable to the Secretary of Treasury. Neither cash, personal nor bank checks are accepted. To verify the current fees, the telephone number is 787-765-2929 Ext. 6131. All applications must be accompanied by a legible photocopy of a valid form of identification (driver’s license, Passport, or a government emitted ID). Veterans must submit a copy of their DD214 or Veterans Affairs Identification card to receive benefits. Applicants must considered to be an interested party established by law, which are: widow(er), mother/father, children over 18 years of age, legal custodian, legal representatives or heirs if existent.

Marriage

Event: Marriage

Cost of copy: $5.00 first copy; $4.00 each additional copy requested on the same application. Registrants over 60 years of age and Veterans of the United States Armed Forces can obtain copies of their marriage records free of charge.

Address – All mail-in applications must be sent to:
Department of Health
Demographic Registry
P.O. Box 11854
Fernandez Juncos Station
San Juan, PR 00910

If using an Express Service (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS Express or Priority Mail), applications must be sent to the following PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

Department of Health
Demographic Registry
414 Barbosa Avenue
Lincoln Building
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00925

Remarks: The Central Office of the Demographic Registry has records pertaining to all citizens married as of June 22, 1931. Copies of earlier records may be obtained by writing to the Local Registrar’s Office in the municipality where the event occurred. In the case where a marriage record isn’t registered, a negative certification of marriage will be issued for the same cost. Payment method via money orders, which should be made payable to the Secretary of Treasury. Neither cash, personal nor bank checks are accepted. To verify the current fees, the telephone number is 787-765-2929 Ext. 6131. All applications must be accompanied by a legible photocopy of a valid form of identification (driver’s license, Passport, or a government emitted ID). Veterans must submit a copy of their DD214 or Veterans Affairs Identification card to receive benefits. Applicants must considered to be an interested party established by law, which are: the proper registrant, mother/father, children over 18 years of age, legal custodian, legal representatives or heirs if existent.

Divorce

Event: Divorce (Cancelled Marriage Certificate)

Cost of copy: $5. 00 for each copy requested

Address – All mail-in applications must be sent to:
Department of Health
Demographic Registry
P.O. Box 11854
Fernandez Juncos Station
San Juan, PR 00910

If using an Express Service (FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS Express or Priority Mail), applications must be sent to the following PHYSICAL ADDRESS:

Department of Health
Demographic Registry
414 Barbosa Avenue
Lincoln Building
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00925

Remarks: The Central Office of the Demographic Registry has records pertaining to divorces registered as of 1941. Divorce certifications are NOT actual divorce decrees but an abstract of the information provided on the final court resolution, submitted to our agency for official use only. Availability varies; not all divorce decrees are submitted to the Demographic Registry. In the case where a divorce decree does not appear registered in our agency, a negative certification of divorce will be issued for the same cost. Payment method via money orders, which should be made payable to the Secretary of Treasury. Neither cash, personal nor bank checks are accepted. To verify the current fees, the telephone number is 787-765-2929 Ext. 6131. All applications must be accompanied by a legible photocopy of a valid form of identification (driver’s license, Passport, or a government emitted ID).


Event: Divorce (court)

Address: See remarks

Remarks: Superior Court where divorce was granted.

Visitor Health & Safety Guidelines

Those visiting Puerto Rico should reference local measures aimed at  keeping travelers and residents safe, such as social distancing, and high standards of cleanliness. 

Masks are no longer mandatory on the Island with the exception of events hosting over 1,000 people. However, masks are still recommended for situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed. Individual establishments reserve the right to implement their own requirements surrounding masks and COVID-19 protocols, and visitors are encouraged to contact businesses directly.

Island Arrival 

Mask usage is highly recommended on airplanes and in airports. For questions regarding the airport entry process, travelers should contact the Health Department at 939-592-5115 or [email protected].

The latest protocol updates:

  • Domestic travelers are not required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival to the Island.
  • International travelers are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination.

Upon Arrival: Airport

Air Travel

Travelers arriving on domestic flights

  • Domestic travelers are not required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test prior to arriving on the Island.

Travelers arriving on international flights:

  • As of June 12th, international travelers are no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to traveling, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, in accordance with CDC guidelines. However, international travelers that are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents must still present proof of vaccination.

Cruise Operations

As decided by the CDC on July 18, 2022, the COVID-19 program for cruise ships is no longer in effect. However, the Puerto Rico Department of Health has requested that all Cruise Ship Lines collaborate with its public safety efforts by sharing the Maritime Declaration of Health Report.

  • Please check with cruise operators for their most up-to-date COVID protocols and regulations, as many operators require proof of vaccination prior to boarding and have specific testing requirements.

Things to Know: On the Island

Mask Usage

  • Masks are highly recommended on all public transportation, including all ferries operating to and from Vieques and Culebra. 
  • Masks are no longer mandatory on the Island with the exception of events hosting over 1,000 attendees.. However, they are recommended in situations where vaccination status cannot be guaranteed.

Beaches

  • Public beaches, natural reserves, and marinas are open, following social distancing guidelines. Visitors should connect with tour operators directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.

Lodging

  • Guests do not need to present proof of vaccination or a negative test result upon arrival to hotels, paradores, guesthouses, and short-term rentals across the Island, however, individual properties reserve the right to implement any specific measures.
  • Visitors should connect with their lodging property directly for additional information about operation status and specific protocols.

Dining

  • Guests of dining establishments do not need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. Establishments are operating at full capacity. 

Businesses & Other Establishments

  • Masks are not mandatory in private and public spaces except for events hosting over 1,000 people. However, they are still recommended when vaccination status cannot be guaranteed. 
  • However, various establishments reserve the right to require masks for patrons and employees.

Events

  • As of October 1st,  masks are optional at events hosting over 1,000 people, and attendees are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon entry.
  • Sporting events and recreational activities are permitted, following local guidelines.
  • Venues are operating at full capacity.

Things to Know: Leaving the Island

Testing Upon Return to Mainland 

  • Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and excluded from the CDC requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to return to the mainland United States. Quarantine mandates, recommendations and entry requirements may vary by state. A continuous assessment of the situation in Puerto Rico and in the United States influences Island-wide orders that prioritize the health and safety of residents and visitors. For travel recommendations provided by the CDC, please see here.

Testing For Travel To Other Destinations

  • Quarantine mandates, recommendations and entry requirements may vary by country. 

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  • How quickly can I open a business?
  • What is the minimum investment required?
  • How can I get funding? nine0029
  • What are the legal requirements to open my business?
  • Which structure should I consider?
  • What advice can you give me regarding wage and tax requirements?
  • What else should I know?
How quickly can I open a business?

Puerto Rico Government Department of State provides online services for corporations, limited liability companies and limited partnerships. nine0003

What is the minimum investment required?

No minimum investment required.

How can I get funding?

Own funds, private banking, capital markets.

What are the legal requirements to open my business?

Corporations are classified as either domestic or foreign corporations, and commercial, non-profit or public corporations. nine0003

• Domestic corporations are those created under the General Corporations Act of Puerto Rico. That is, these are the corporations of Puerto Rico.
• Foreign corporations are those incorporated under the laws of other countries and states of the United States. In order for a foreign corporation to operate and conduct business in Puerto Rico, it must obtain a permit from the State Department of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
• For business corporations, these are domestic or foreign corporations whose owners derive economic benefit from their activities through their participation in the business. nine0017 • Non-profit corporations are local or foreign corporations whose proceeds, if any, are used to further the goals of the corporation itself, rather than to provide financial benefit to members of that organization through profit distribution.
• A public benefit corporation is a domestic or foreign corporation whose main purpose is the public good, in other words, their main purpose is not to make a net profit, but if there is any, it can be distributed among its owners. nine0003

Which structure should I consider?

There are advantages and disadvantages to which business object model to consider for a business and there is no single right answer, it all depends on your specific business circumstances and needs. Brief overview of the various business object models:

Domestic Corporation:

• Organized under the laws of Puerto Rico.
• Provides limited liability and shielding operations in Puerto Rico. nine0017 • Provides insight into local business with longevity.
• File a corporation tax return and pay corporate tax worldwide.
• Audited financial statements must be filed with Puerto Rico statutory tax returns when gross receipts from operations in Puerto Rico are $3 million or more in the reporting year. Alternatively, an Agreed Procedures/Affirmation of Compliance Statement may be completed instead of the Audited Financial Statements if the gross revenue for the period is greater than $3 million but less than $10 million. An audit of financial statements is required when gross revenue for the year reaches or exceeds $10 million. nine0003

Foreign corporation (branch or subsidiary of overseas business):

• A foreign corporation cannot conduct business in Puerto Rico until it has received permission from the Secretary of State.
• A branch is not a separate legal entity, but an extension of a foreign parent company, and a subsidiary is a separate legal entity.
• Provides limited liability or shielding operations in Puerto Rico.
• File a corporation tax return and pay tax on the company’s profits from operations in Puerto Rico. nine0017 • The branch is subject to a deemed distribution of 10% branch income tax on parent company advances.
• The actual repatriation of dividends by a subsidiary will be subject to a withholding of 10% at source.
• The requirement to audit financial statements applies to foreign corporations in the same way as it does to domestic corporations.

Partnerships:

• Partnerships are pass-through organizations and profits are distributed to members who then personally pay income tax on those profits. nine0017 • The requirement to audit financial statements applies to partnerships in the same way as it does to domestic corporations.

Limited liability company:

• Participants (partners) have limited liability.
• Profits are distributed to members who then personally pay income tax on the profits.
• The requirement to audit financial statements applies to limited partnerships in the same way as it does to domestic corporations. nine0003

Limited Liability Company:

• Any person or entity may form a limited liability company in Puerto Rico, and the articles of association must be filed with the Department of State.
• Provides limited liability and shielding operations in Puerto Rico.
• For income tax purposes, limited liability companies will be taxed in the same way as corporations, but may choose to be taxed as a partnership. Any foreign limited liability company holding a Puerto Rico business permit and filing for income tax purposes as a pass-through entity in its country of origin will be required to file for Puerto Rico income tax purposes in the same manner, and it will be prohibited from choosing the corporate tax regime. nine0017 • The requirement to audit financial statements applies to limited liability companies in the same way as to domestic corporations.

What advice can you give me regarding wage and tax requirements?

Corporate income tax:

• Ordinary corporate income tax consists of ordinary income tax and additional tax.
• Ordinary tax is calculated on the net taxable income of a corporation. The regular tax rate is 18.5%. nine0017 • Income tax is calculated based on net income tax income (net taxable income less $25,000 income tax deducted). Income tax rates range from 19% to 19%.

Personal Income Tax:

• Individual residents of Puerto Rico are subject to Puerto Rican tax laws.
• If an individual is in Puerto Rico for at least 183 days in a year, they are considered to be a resident. nine0017 • An individual is subject to Puerto Rican income tax on Puerto Rican source income.
• Individual tax rates range from 7% on top of taxable income over $9,000 to 33%.

Social Security Tax:

• Employers and employees must also pay Social Security tax in Puerto Rico.
• In Puerto Rico, the United States Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Act (OASDI) and the Hospitalization Insurance Tax (Medicare), commonly known as FICA or Social Security, apply. nine0017 • The Social Security tax rate is 6.20% and Medicare is 1.45%.

Unemployment and disability insurance:

Unemployment and disability insurance is administered by the Puerto Rico Department of Human and Labor Resources (PRDOL). Businesses must obtain a separate account number to submit PRDOL documents. Temporary disability insurance can be obtained privately; proof of such insurance must be filed with PRDOL. PRDOL also manages chauffeur insurance for businesses where employees drive cars. nine0003

Workers’ Compensation Fund:

Employers are required to obtain a workers’ compensation insurance policy issued by the State Corporation for Insurance Funds (Corporación de Fondo del Seguro del Estado (CFSE), in Spanish). Insurance premiums vary depending on the level of risk placed on employees.

Sales and Use Tax (SUT):

• A staging tax is imposed at a rate of 10.5% at the state level and 1% at the municipality level. The SUT generally applies to all retail sales, including mail orders, sales of tangible personal property or services, entry fees, storage, use, or consumption in Puerto Rico. nine0017 • A special SUT rate of 4% applies to B2B Services and Special Professional Services, which are legal services and services provided by duly licensed professionals.
• A special SUT of 4% also applies to services provided by a non-resident person to a person located in Puerto Rico, regardless of where the service was provided, provided that such service is directly or indirectly related to operations in Puerto Rico . nine0003

Municipal License Tax:

· Puerto Rico law allows municipalities to levy a municipal license tax of up to 0.5% of gross revenue, depending on the size of the business.

Real estate and personal property tax:

Puerto Rico law allows the Municipal Revenue Collection Center (CRIM, in its Spanish acronym) to impose and collect real estate tax in excess of the appraised value of commercial real estate. The rate ranges from 8.03% to 12.83% depending on the municipality in which the property is located. nine0003

· Personal property tax is also charged and levied on the value of any personal property in the hands of the business as of the last day of the calendar year. The rate ranges from 5.80% to 10.33%.

What else should I know?

Puerto Rico Incentive Code Act: An economic development tool based on financial responsibility, transparency and ease of doing business.

Law 60-2019 was signed to create the necessary conditions for attracting investments from industries, supporting small and medium-sized traders, solving problems in the field of medical care and education, simplifying processes, streamlining and ensuring greater transparency.establishing the new Puerto Rico Incentives Code. .

Puerto Rico Incentives Code Act: Its main purpose is to promote the economic development of our island. It provides certainty on the types of incentives Puerto Rico offers to attract investment and create jobs in important and traditional sectors such as manufacturing, tourism and agriculture, as well as in aerospace, life sciences, technology, renewable energy, entrepreneurship and export services. . In addition, it identifies new incentives to support emerging sectors such as creative, esports and entertainment. And it is based on metrics that will measure its effectiveness and the payback of all incentives provided. nine0003

• Puerto Rico is an attractive location for a corporate headquarters if more than 90% of the organization’s gross income comes from service exports and these services are considered strategic services.

• An invention for these businesses is a 4% flat tax rate on net export services income, 100% exemption from dividend payments, and 90% exemption from property and council tax.

• Puerto Rico also offers very attractive tax relief packages to eligible companies, which include a flat income tax rate (between 4% and 8%) — one of the lowest of any US jurisdiction — various tax credits and special deductions, reimbursement of tuition fees and a special tax regime for pioneer activities. nine0003

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