How to Register As a Domestic Partner

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Check to see if domestic partnerships are recognized in your state. Some cities and counties in the following states allow registration: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

Call the clerk's office for your city (or county, if you live in an unincorporated area) to see if it has a domestic partnership registration program. If it does, find out if you and your partner qualify as domestic partners. For example, some cities require you to have already lived together for a certain length of time.

Get copies of any application form and find out if you have to file an affidavit certifying that you and your partner are domestic partners. See if the clerk's office has an affidavit form or a sample you can use.

Complete your application for registration and put the required information into the affidavit, but do not sign it.

Go with your domestic partner to the office where the registration takes place. Take the completed registration application and unsigned affidavit, along with picture ID.

Submit your application, show your ID, sign the affidavit in front of the clerk, and pay the registration fee.

The clerk will give you the registration certificate and may also give you laminated cards showing you are registered domestic partners.

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