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Brazil: New Standardized Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates

(Dec. 15, 2010) On December 14, 2010, the Ministry of Justice of Brazil launched a Unified Certificates program designed to provide registrars nationwide with standardized forms to be used for the issuance of birth, marriage, and death certificates. The program is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Justice and the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency and the National Council of Justice.

The new forms will be manufactured and distributed by the Brazilian Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Casa da Moeda do Brasil) and will be issued on security paper which incorporates technical elements that inhibit the counterfeiting of these documents. The model to be implemented also allows more effective control of civil records made in the country. (Press Release, Ministério da Justiça,MJ Assina Convênio para Dar Mais Segurança aos Registros Civis (Dec. 13, 2010),