Jinan issues first electronic marriage certificate in Shandong

(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2020-09-25

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Lixia district, Jinan, Shandong province issued the first electronic marriage certificate in Shandong on Sept 22.

Electronic licenses are gradually being rolled out across the province, making things more convenient for locals. The electronic marriage certificate will be issued along with a paper certificate, both of which are equally valid.

A marriage certificate is a legal document that serves multiple purposes in China. In addition to proving the legality of a marriage, it is also used for home buying loans, birth registrations, property transfers, and schooling for children.

But couples often forget to carry their certificates with them when the need arises, so the digital version can serve as a convenient alternative.  It is expected to be applied across the province.