The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration office in Orlando (PRFAA per its English acronym) has joined with the Office of the Tax Collector of Orange County (Division of Licensing and Motor Vehicles) in Florida to support dozens of Puerto Ricans. These individuals currently do not possess vital documents, or their records have expired, including their driver’s license or state identification.
“When we had the opportunity to meet with Orange County Mayor, Jerry L. Demings, we reiterated our commitment to work hand-in-hand with local governments. We will continue to support and improve services for our Puerto Rican community in Florida,” said Ms. Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq. Executive Director of PRFAA. “Today, with this partnership, we seek to continue that agenda, and we are grateful to Mayor Demings and Tax Collector Scott Randolph for their continued collaboration and commitment to our Puerto Rican community in Orange County.”
For his part, Anthony Carrillo, Regional Director of Florida, expressed that many Puerto Ricans have significant obstacles in obtaining their vital documents, particularly those who have just left the correctional system without any documentation and others who allow it to expire. The biggest challenge, he continues is that by law and security requirements to obtain a state license or identification; still, a birth certificate is required, however, to get a birth certificate, valid ID is required, such as a passport or driving license. This is a challenging situation for those seeking to have their records up-to-date. “We are pleased to work with Mayor Demings and his Administration so that together we can serve our community, aid those that are most vulnerable, and provide direct services to the citizens affected by the pandemic,” concluded Attorney Carrillo.
One individual present at the event, Mr. Ramón Colón Carrero, stated that he has just left the correctional system, recognized the government’s importance of paying more attention to vulnerable communities. “I deeply thank PRFAA and the Orange County Government for helping our community and giving me a chance to start again. Today, I am leaving here with my birth certificate and my driver’s license.”
Contact with PRFAA
The office is open from Monday – Friday, serving those who make appointments; additionally, temperatures will be taken, and individuals must wear proper face coverage prior to entering the office from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We are located: 6925 Lake Ellenor Dr. Suite 101 Orlando, FL 32809. To get your appointments, you can enter the website www.prfaa.pr.gov/book. You can call (407) 776-9000 or infoFL@prfaa.pr.gov with any questions.