Alpharetta, Ga. - ChoicePoint (NYSE:CPS) is acquiring the assets of Memphis, Tenn.-based USCerts, which provides technology and data management services to facilitate the remote ordering of certified birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.USCerts combines technology with user-friendly interfaces to provide a secure, remote vital records ordering system. The company also provides a network for processing vital record requests by telephone, facsimile or the World Wide Web.

The acquisition of USCerts will enhance ChoicePoint's VitalChek business, which already facilitates more than two million transactions per year to meet the growing demand for documents needed to verify a person's age and identity. VitalChek provides the hardware and network to enable consumers to order vital records maintained in all 50 states and the Canadian province of British Columbia.

"Consumers want and need the ability to access vital records no matter where they live," says Jeff Piefke, vice president and general manager of VitalChek. "Adding the USCerts vital record technology, data management services and network capabilities to ChoicePoint's existing business will help consumers obtain the vital records they need quickly, easily and reliably."

"USCerts has built a solid reputation for delivering applications that simplify vital records workflows," says Darin Shaffer, president and chief executive officer of N-Cycles, formerly the parent company of USCerts.

"Combining USCerts and ChoicePoint's VitalChek business will take these efforts to the next level by strengthening overall offerings while continuing to reduce risks for customers. VitalChek is the leader in this field, and I am confident the company will continue to make it easier for government officials to fulfill their duties and make it more convenient for consumers to obtain their records."

Source: ChoicePoint


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