The state of Nevada is turning to blockchain technology to help organize their records. Some counties in the northern part of the state are using the technology to store digital copies of birth certificates and marriage licenses.
The Reno Gazette Journal reports that Washoe County has digitally processed and transmitted 950 marriage certificates to home computers and smartphones from April to December of 2018. Elko County is trying a similar technique with birth certificates.
By utilizing the Ethereum blockchain, Washoe County is able to process and send marriage certificates within 24 hours, as opposed to the standard 7 to 10 business days. Marriage licenses, on the other hand, still need to be obtained in person.
There is some resistance among people who liked things the way they were. According to Hunter Halcomb, a Washoe County systems technician, “Some people say, ‘Nah, I don’t use email so I don’t want it.’”
The pushback hasn’t prevented the county from embracing the tech, as the county is reportedly experimenting with blockchain for the purpose of recovering digital records in the case of a disaster.
An increasing numbers of states and their leaders share Nevada’s interest in blockchain. California recently elected a pro-crypto governor. Meanwhile, the newly elected governor of Colorado has said he would like to make the state a “hub for blockchain innovation in business and government.”