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Legal Information: Puerto Rico

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 13, 2019

If I don't register my protection order, will it be more difficult to enforce it?

While both local and federal law do not require for orders of protection to be registered to be enforced,1 if your order hasn’t been entered in the state’s registry, it might be more difficult for the Puerto Rico police to determine if your order is real or not. This means that it can take longer to enforce your order of protection.

If you are unsure if registering your order is the right choice for you, you might want to contact a local domestic violence organization close to you. A professional advocate might help you determine what is the best course of action regarding your safety. To see a list of domestic violence organizations in Puerto Rico, visit our PR Advocates and Shelters page.

1 See 8 L.P.R.A. § 674(b)