Domestic Partnership Registration

Domestic Partners are two adults who have chosen to declare themselves to be part of and share in a committed, loving and supportive relationship with each other. You will receive a Certificate of Domestic Partnership that some entities may accept as proof of a domestic partnership for such things as health insurance, banking needs and medical situations.

Applying for a Domestic Partnership

To apply, both applicants must appear together at the City Clerk’s office and declare, under penalty of perjury, that you fulfill all the following requirements:

  1. Applicants are at least 18 years old and competent to contract
  2. Applicants are not married to or a member of another registered domestic partnership or civil union with anyone other than the co-applicant
  3. Applicants agree to share the common necessities of life and to be responsible for each other’s welfare.
  4. Applicants share the primary residence with each other
  5. Applicants are considered to be members of each other’s immediate family
  6. Applicants agree to notify the City Clerk’s Office, in writing, of any change in the status of the Registered Domestic Partnership
  7. Applicants agree to mutually support the other by contributing in some fashion, not necessarily equally, to maintain and support the Registered Domestic Partnership

To establish a Domestic Partnership, two people shall sign a Declaration of Domestic Partnership in the presence of the City Clerk.

Proof of Domestic Partnership

Additionally, applicants must submit at least one form each as proof that they are in a domestic partnership. Any of the following forms of proof are acceptable: 

  • Common Household Expenses: Utility bills with both names  
  • Drivers Licenses: Listing the same address
  • Joint Bank: Account Checking or Savings Account
  • Joint Credit Card: Statement with both names
  • Joint Ownership of Residence: Deed, Lease or Mortgage
  • Joint Vehicle Ownership: Title with both names
  • Joint Wills: Copy of will(s) showing the other as beneficiary and/or executor

Partnership Termination

A Domestic Partnership is terminated when:

  1. One of the partners has passed away.
  2. A Domestic Partner files for a termination of the domestic partnership with the City Clerk, by hand or certified mail or registered mail.

Fees

ServiceFee
Filing a Declaration of Domestic Partnership
$50
Filing a Termination of Domestic Partnership
$25
Filing an Amendment to the Declaration of Domestic Partnership
$25

 

Additional Information

Please call the City Clerk’s Office for information or to schedule an appointment at 305-809-3831.

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