About Domestic Partnerships

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

Important Update

Due to the Aug. 24, 2022 repeal of the City of Boulder Declaration of Local Disaster Emergency Order, Domestic Partnerships registrations will resume being conducted IN PERSON ONLY, effective Sept. 19, 2022.

The time for ceremonies will be Mondays, between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. The $25.00 fee will now be charged and must be paid at the time of your appointment. The scheduling of in-person ceremonies will begin immediately, with the first available appointment on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, between 1 and 4 p.m.

Terminations can be processed via mail or in-person on Mondays between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. and, require the $25.00 fee.

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

Make an Appointment and Submit Documents

Email the City Clerk's Office at cityclerksoffice@bouldercolorado.gov to request an appointment. You will be required to bring the completed application, your identification documents and proof of joint residency to your appointment. Appointments are available Mondays, between 1 and 4 p.m.

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:

  • Completed Domestic Partnership Application PDF
  • 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)
  • 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 in the form of cash, check or money order

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. Registrants, however, have the option to request that names and year of birth not appear in the database.

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.
  • Notice of Termination is submitted to the City Clerk of Boulder via mail or in-person. Only registrations filed with the City of Boulder can be processed for termination.
  • Notice of Termination can be mailed to 1777 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302.

Initiate a Termination

To initiate a termination please complete the Termination of Domestic Partnership Application PDF

$25.00 fee payable in the form of cash, check or money order

Once completed, mail or bring in-person (including certificate number if possible), to the City Clerk's Office at the address provided above.

The termination form must be signed and dated by at least one partner. If only one partner signs, that partner must provide evidence (certified mail receipt) 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.