Brazil Records its First Blockchain-Exclusive Birth Certificates
Brazil’s first birth certificates have been registered on the blockchain.
Families were able to sidestep the typical procedures with the civil registry office, and complete the registration process in record time. Álvaro de Medeiros Mendonça was one of the first children to take part in the project. Álvaro’s father, Waldyr Mendonça Junior, said the normally days-long registration took about five minutes.
According to the Sept. 1 announcement, parents were asked to participate in the program developed by technology company Growth Tech in partnership with IBM. Carlos Rischioto, blockchain manager at IBM in Latin America, said the new platform offers a more transparent and efficient alternative to families while removing bureaucratic hurdles in the birth registration process.
Registration involves three steps through Growth Tech’s Notary Ledgers platform. First, the hospital makes a “Live Birth Statement,” then the parents create a digital identity for the newborn on the platform. To finalize the certificate process, that information is sent to the notary office.
This isn’t the first time similar technology has been used to store public records, but it does show how blockchain technology is increasingly being applied to data management in the medical field.
What do you think? Would you register your child’s birth certificate on the blockchain?