- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada is moving into the 21st century when it comes to sending out birth and death certificates.

The Nevada Office of Vital Statistics said it’s scrapping its practice of sending documents by mail and fax, and will soon be sending them to other states through a secure, electronic system already implemented by a majority of states.

The system makes it easier to send death records to a person’s birthplace so records are updated and it’s harder to fraudulently use a birth certificate.

The agency says the new system will also improve the state’s ability to cross-check databases and remove the names of the deceased from voter and public benefit rolls.

Nevada’s vital statistics office keeps records of the estimated 34,000 births and 21,000 deaths in the state each year.

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