A father in Pococí had a problem. His son was born in the United States but the father lost the original birth certificate. Such a document is needed to be registered as a Costa Rican.
Neither the child nor the father were named in the Sala IV decision that was released, but the court ordered the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones to register the boy.
The father said he could not return to Florida to obtain an authenticated birth certificate because he had been deported and that he lacked U.S. credentials to obtain a birth certificate online.
He also said that the civil registry in the election tribunal has the capability to do DNA testing to show that the boy was his.
The court noted that nationality is a fundamental right and that the boy is Costa Rican regardless of where he was born.