About Domestic Partnerships

Information and instructions on how to register a domestic partnership in the City of Boulder.

Important Update

To better serve a wider range of constituents, we are moving to an all-electronic format for Domestic Partnership Registration starting Monday, July 17th. This system will now allow you to complete your application, upload required documentation, submit payment, and book your appointment all online.

Please note, ALL appointments will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams on Mondays at 2 p.m.

Domestic Partners

Domestic partners are two people who have signed an affidavit swearing that they are:

  • Are in a relationship of mutual support, caring, and commitment and intend to remain in such a relationship
  • Are each other's sole domestic partner
  • Are both at least 18 years of age and competent to contract
  • Share a life and home together
  • Are not related by kinship closer than would bar marriage in the State of Colorado
  • Are not married

Domestic Partners do NOT have to reside in the City of Boulder.

How to Register for a Domestic Partnership

Complete Application and Submit Documents

You will be required to complete the Domestic Partnership Application on this page which will allow you to securily submit your identification documents and proof of joint residency.

The Denver Clerk and Recorders Office also provide Domestic Partnership registrations.

Denver Clerk and Recorders Office
Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 101 (First Floor)
Denver, CO 80202
720-865-8400

Requirements for Registration Appointment

The following steps are used by the City Clerk in registering domestic partners:

  • Complete the Domestic Partnership Application on this page
  • Both parties must be present together at the appointment
  • Valid picture identification card is required from both partners (i.e., driver's license, passport, military id) and they can be security submitted via the form on this page.
  • Proof of same address (i.e., driver's license, lease agreement, joint mortgage, joint checking account, joint vehicle title, recent utility/phone bill delivered to each at same address)
  • $25.00 fee payable via credit card when you submit the form

Confidentiality and Public Information Requirement

The Clerk's Office will record information from all Domestic Partnership registrations in the database, which is part of the public record. Personal Privacy Information (PPI) will not be released if requested through the Colorado Open Records Act.

How to Terminate a Domestic Partnership

A Domestic Partnership may be terminated when

  • One of the partners dies.
  • No longer are in a committed relationship or share a common household.
  • The partners no longer meet one or more of the requirements included in the affidavit for domestic partnership.
  • Only registrations filed with the City of Boulder can be processed for termination.
  • Notice of Termination can be completed via the form on this page by selecting the type of service, Termination of Domestic Partnership, in the drop-down box.

Initiate a Termination

To initiate a termination, complete the Termination of Domestic Partnership form on this page by selecting the type of service, Termination of Domestic Partnership.

Only registrations filed with the City of Boulder can be processed for termination. We are unable to process terminations that were filed in other Cities/Counties.

$25.00 fee payable via credit card when the form is submitted.

The termination form must be signed and dated electronically by at least one partner. If only one partner signs, that partner must submit evidence via the form, that they have attempted to notify the other partner of the termination of the partnership.

Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Domestic partnership registration is voluntary, and does not create any new or different legal rights or responsibilities. The City of Boulder is not able to provide you with any legal advice concerning your partnership, and you may wish to consult an attorney for such advice. A domestic partnership does not create a "common law marriage" and may be evidence that no common law marriage has occurred. It does not create a joint venture or partnership or create any other legal rights between the partners or relating to any third partner. However, it may be used as evidence that an intimate relationship existed between the parties.

Because domestic partnership does not provide for many things covered by legal marriage, you should consult an attorney and make arrangements for a number of matters, including, but not limited to: wills, power of attorney, medical matters or tax implications.

Domestic Partnership Application