GovBytes: Gov Documents Go Digital

Starting today in Ottawa County, Michigan, citizens can access their government documents, such as their birth certificates, marriage licenses, property deeds and other records, from the Internet.

Testing for the system has been in effect for the past month using a program called TrueCertify to help ensure security and encryption for these documents to prevent fraud and forgery.

“I’m pretty happy with the security. If I wasn’t happy with the security, we wouldn’t be doing it,” said County Clerk Dan Krueger. Tampering with digital documents issued by his office is a prosecutable offense, he added.

If all goes well, this program is expected to expand outside of the county clerks office, and into the court system and other agencies.

What do you think? Do you feel safe accessing your documents through this program?

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