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Hello my name is Santiago Lampón and I am a lawyer and a notary in Puerto Rico and welcome to Puerto Rico Legal Blog. In this episode I am actually going to teach you how to do something. I am going to teach you how to find what is your property tax ID number or the id number for your property in Puerto Rico. Now Collection handling management of property taxes in Puerto Rico is done by the CRIM. In English it is the Centre for Recollection of Municipal taxes. The CRIM has a property number based on certain information that identifies each property individually. Most of the time people are not aware of what the property tax ID number or if you are watching this video, you actually need to find it.

So I am going to teach you how to find it from the comfort of your home, using a computer connected to the Internet. So I am going to show you right now and I we are going to do a random find. The information we are going to see is actually public. So we are not going to cover anyone’s particular in particular. You can go to your Google or yahoo or bing search and the word in Spanish is, not available in English, GEOLOCALIZADOR. In Spanish is GEOLOCALIZADOR.

The first item that you are going to see, notice that I didn’t have to put Puerto Rico in it, so far is unique. It is going to take you to the planning board. Here is the name. GEOLOCALIZADOR and it is going to show you the whole map of Puerto Rico. There are three ways in which you can find properties here. I am going to show you two of them because the third one is if you actually had the number. First of all you come to this eyeglass here and you are going to say catastro, which is the Spanish word for pin number and this is just a convenient translation and then here is zip code. So I am going to put in the zip code for my hometown, which is 00976 and it is automatically going to show you to Trujillo Alto, again my home town. So this is the whole area of Trujillo Alto and over here to the left you will find zoom. You zoom in and you will see the map becoming more defined and keep on zooming. Now, you have to have an idea of the roads and perhaps other builders near your area. Again I am just doing a random search here.  Here is an area called La Pradera. And let’s say this big property right here is my property and I just click on it and it is going to process and it is going to identify the parcel and it is going to give me the basic information on the parcel. 

What basic information? The pin number; the location of the property using coordinates; the size of the property that is registered in the CRIM. The number here is 14500231604. Whosoever owns this property has a pin number. What would that mean? That if I did the reverse and use the pin number icon and I type in the number, which is 145-002-316-04 it automatically is going to search and show me that property. So by having the zip code and physically locating the property you can find what the pin number is, you can find out how many square meters are registered for that property. You also have coordinates which, by the way those coordinates are important for purposes of conducting the survey and you will notice that no other information is being shown, your name, your address or any other personal information is not shown online. And this is how you find a property using a computer connected to the Internet and know the pin number for property tax purpose. And remember this is a different number than the number that may be related to your title at the property registry. 

If you have any questions about this or any other subject you can send me an email or you can post you question on this page.  Again my name is Santiago Lampón, a lawyer and a notary in Puerto Rico in this episode. Have a good day.