The Jiangsu Provincial Government will begin issuing electronic marriage licenses through Alipay for couples whose nuptials are registered in the province, according to local media.

The move is part of an update to the provincial government’s Alipay mini-program, “Jiangsu Government Affairs”. Users are required to search for the mini-program in Alipay and scan their faces to verify their identity in order for it to be issued.

The system aims to increase convenience for individuals wanting to not only prove their marital status but also for those wanting to take out a mortgage, demolish a property, and transfer real estate, among others.

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Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.