Q: Do I have legal ownership of my social sec number, passport and birth certificate at 18 years old in Puerto Rico?
My mother threw me out a year and a half ago just as I had turned 17. I’ve been living with my grandparents ever since in the same town and turned 18 last November. My mother refuses to give me my legal documents, even though I’m of legal age. My passport is also the only form of identification I have as I don’t have a drivers license. Are there any laws that could help me get my documents?
A: Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The legal age in Puerto Rico is 21 not 18. However, since the passport and social security are federal government issued documents you do have the right to get copies of said documents from these agencias. You can also attempt to get emancipated from your mother through the courts. This would rule you as a person of legal age.
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