SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Puerto Rican residents of Massachusetts have been having issues acquiring state IDs because of complications obtaining their birth certificates from Puerto Rico.

State Representative Carlos González co-hosted a workshop Friday in Springfield to assist impacted residents with navigating the legal challenges that pop up throughout the process. 22News spoke with González about what this seminar included and how it can help members of the community.

“The purpose is to make sure that people understand how to obtain those birth certificates, to make sure that they understand the appropriate stamps that are required from Puerto Rico on those birth certificates, and to also assist them in the process of obtaining those appropriate birth certificates, as well as trying to get some leeway with the RMV,” said González.

González, who is chairman of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the state legislature, says he has also been in contact with the Puerto Rican government about the issue.