Nevada’s Washoe County Using Blockchain To Issue Digital Marriage Certificates

Blockchain record startup Titan Seal has partnered with Washoe County, a county in the US state of Nevada, to store digital versions of marriage certificates on the ethereum blockchain.

Based in San Francisco, Titan Seal is a privately held startup company migrating government records to the blockchain. Titan Seal ensures trust between the government and the public by generating a unique fingerprint for every PDF then storing the fingerprint in the blockchain.

Washoe County reportedly used Titan Seal’s blockchain platform to issue digital marriage certificates. The program reportedly allows anyone who gets married in the county to view and send a digital version of their marriage certificate from their computer or smartphone. Digital marriage certificates can be made available in 24 hours, as opposed to the 10 days it used to take to receive a physical certificate by mail.

According to Washoe County Clerk Nancy Parent, about 950 couples had received secure digital marriage certificates since the program debuted in April 2018.

“Digital marriage certificate is different from a marriage license,” Parent said “Marriage licenses must be obtained in person at the County Clerk’s office and are not available online. Marriage certificates are proof of marriage and are available via blockchain technology through the Washoe County Recorder’s Office.”

Due to the success of the program, the county considers using Titan Seal’s blockchain platform for a possible record recovery system in case of a disaster.

“Once something is set in a blockchain, it’s actually better than being set in stone,” Titan Seal CEO Phil Dhingra said. “Even if the entire Internet disappears, a copy of the Ethereum blockchain will exist in a computer somewhere. Some random computer somewhere can have a copy of the blockchain. Currently, we estimate that about $2 billion documents per year in the United States get a certificate or embossed seal of some kind that’s paper-based. We believe that (digital certificates) should at least match the paper number if not exceed that.”

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