Blockchain technology is already establishing itself into local government services in the United States, though Nevada in particular seems to be the most proactive, as the AP reported on January 7. Two counties within the Silver State integrated blockchain technology to issue digital marriage certificates or were simply running trials. 950 digital certificates, which use smart contracts on the ethereum blockchain for security purposes, were issued in total to couples residing both within and outside of Nevada since April of 2018.
However, local official believes that the willingness to automatically accept the new format is mixed. “But some people say, ‘Nah, I don’t use email so I don’t want it,’” says Hunter Halcomb, a Washoe County systems technician.
As blockchain continues to gradually emerge into real world scenarios, there seems to be mixed success throughout the U.S. Even the digital certificates witness varied acceptance across government agencies, as Halcomb noted, despite its legitimacy. It also reported that the digital marriage certificates enhanced provenance over traditional paper versions.
Nevada became the first state to exempt blockchain transactions from tax obligations back in 2017. Now, an abundancy of other states across the country are considering applications of blockchain or are seeking to redesign laws to enhance its grow and make cryptocurrency more appealing.
CoinTelegraph notes that lawmakers in nearby Colorado are “reviewing plans to exempt digital tokens from various securities laws.”