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Governor's Appointments

Governor's Appointments

Legal Basis

Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution of Puerto Rico establishes among the duties, functions and powers of the Governor, the appointment, in such manner as may be provided by the Constitution or by law, of all officers for whose appointments he is empowered.

Pursuant to Article 54 of the Political Code of 1902, the Governor shall cause a record to be kept of all appointments made by him, with the corresponding dates and names of the incoming and outgoing employees.

This function was performed by the Secretary of Puerto Rico (1902-1917) and the Executive Secretary of Puerto Rico (1917-1952) and, after the enactment of the Constitution, continued to be performed by the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico. The delegation made by the Governor to the Secretary of State as custodian of the Register of Appointments is recognized.

The Office of Appointments currently has 380 government agencies registered, including members of the Governor's Cabinet, heads of agencies, committees, councils, commissions, advisory boards, boards of appeals, advisory boards, boards of directors, boards of examiners of the Department of State, government boards, officials of the judiciary and of the Public Prosecutor's Office, etc.

Services Offered

  • Preparing identification cards for certain public officials and members of State Department and Health Department examining boards.
  • Certifications of appointment and incumbency;
  • Advice on the appointment process;
  • We offer information about data from a particular organization, workshops such as: composition, terms, etc.

Note: All requests for public documents must be made in writing to the Secretary of State.

Department of State Boards of Examiners

One of the primary functions of the Governor's Appointments Office is to maintain a pool of pre-qualified candidates to serve on Department of State Boards of Examiners.

The following is the form and requirements for membership on the examining boards:

Obtain Pre-Qualification Form (Download)