In April Last year, the Washoe County in Northern Nevada announced their partnership with Titan Seal, a blockchain startup to offer digital marriage certificates. While some accepted the new way readily others did not accept it as willingly.
According to a report by the Reno Gazette Journal, around 950 digital certificates have been secured using the Ethereum blockchain since its inception. The Co-founder of Titan Seal, Phil Dhingra told the publication
“April 10th was the first time a person got (a digital marriage certificate from Washoe County)… The person had no idea that it was part of a pilot program.”
How is it done?
Before Washoe Count emails the marriage certificates, their blockchain partner Titan Seal generates a secure cryptographic hash representing the certificate on the Ethereum blockchain. The hash is a unique number that can only be generated from a certified digital copy of the corresponding marriage certificate.
The Washoe County states on its website:
“It is very improbable that the Ethereum blockchain could ever be hacked. There is no central authority or computer to compromise; instead there is a worldwide network of thousands of computers that work together to protect the authenticity of transactions on the network.”
The Website adds:
“This is one of the most secure methods of storing information that has ever been invented, and it has already spawned a renaissance in parts of the computer and financial industries. “It is much more secure than our current method of paper certification (embossing, stamp, and signature), which is the gold standard of paper certification, but can still theoretically be forged.”
Reaction to the certificate
According to local officials, the reaction from the local crowd has been a mixed one. Another publication AP news quotes Hunter Halcomb, a Washoe County systems technician as saying.
“But some people say, ‘Nah, I don’t use email so I don’t want it.”
Halcomb further notes that in spite of their legitimacy and even reportedly enhanced provenance over traditional paper versions, the digital certificates get varied acceptance across government agencies.
Use cases of Blockchain technology have been increasing by the day, just recently India’s SP Jain College started issuing degrees and certificates on Ethereum Blockchain.