Australians Brian Scott and Julie Lord have become the first couple to get married using a digital marriage certificate.
The digital wedding took place in Camberwell, Victoria. The marriage certificate was signed electronically by two witnesses and the celebrant, using government-certified digital certificates.
While the happy couple are on their honeymoon, the digitally signed and encrypted wedding certificate is being lodged with the Victoria government office.
The Australian government recently passed a bill accepting the lodging of electronic forms of all kinds.
The digital certificates were generated by Internet security firm eSign Australia, an affiliate of US-based VeriSign.
"With digital encryption, our wedding certificate can be easily lodged with the proper government office, stored and retrieved electronically without fear that it will be destroyed, modified or forged in the future," said Scott, a sales manager at eSign Australia.
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