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Domestic Partnership in District of Columbia

How do you get one?

The domestic partnership in District of Columbia had been passed since 1992, but they didn't OFFICIALLY go into effect until 2002. The law was amended in April 0f 2006 and now a domestic partner has almost all the rights of a spouse in the District of Columbia. This amendment was called the "Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2006."

As with most states there are criterion that must be met in order for partners to quality to have their domestic partnership in District of Columbia. They are as follows:

  • Both partners must be at least 18 years old.
  • Both partners must share a common permanent residence.
  • Neither partner can be married or in another domestic partnership. If they ever were in either, it must be dissolved before they can move forward with the new domestic partnership in District Columbia.
  • Both partners must be competent to be in a domestic partnership.
  • After you meet the above criteria, you just follow a few simple steps and you are good to go.

    Here are the simple steps you need to take to apply for your Domestic Partnership Certificate:

    • Both partners must appear in person to the DC Department of Health/Vital Records Division.
    • Be sure to show proof of living together. Here are some things that qualify:

      - current residential lease or rental agreement with both partners named as occupants.

      - current residental mortgage with both partners named as mortgagors.

      - a deed for residential property which shows that both partners share the title.

      - current utility bill which names both partners on it.

      - an notarized affidavit executed within the previous 6 months, in which both parties state, under penalty of perjury, that they both share the same residence.

      Also, have your drivers license with you.

    • Both partners must fill out and sign a single application.
    • Finally, you must pay the application fee of $45. This fee includes 1 (one) domestic partnership certificate. If you'd like an additional copy of one there is an extra fee of $18.
    • That was simple wasn't it?? Congratulations from everyone here at Gay-Marriage-Guide.Com we wish you many, many happy and loving years together.

      Don't forget to check out our District of Columbia Gay Attorneys page to help you with all of the necessities that our federal government won't help you with because they haven't legalized gay marriage yet.

      Once again, we like to remind same-sex couples to please support the states that support your commitment to one another. Think about having your honeymoon in D.C. or another state that supports same-sex commitments.

      If you live in D.C. and are on a tight budget, there are so many fantastic places in D.C. to visit and stay. As a matter of fact, there are so many places that I don't think you could see them all on your first honeymoon!

      Non-residents can certainly apply for a domestic partnership in District of Columbia as long as you meet all of the above requirements.


      Legal Disclaimer

      We here at provide this legal information as a service to the public. It is not to be considered legal advice. We make no claims that the information is complete nor current. Please seek legal counsel for complete, current legal advice.

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