About Domestic Partnerships

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

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

Virtual Appointment Information

Due to COVID-19 concerns, all registrations are being held virtually on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in a group atmosphere. Appointments are REQUIRED and must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance, but we recommend starting the process as soon as possible. Appointments book up quickly and well in advance.

Requirements for Registration

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

  • Complete the Domestic Partnership Application PDF
  • Both parties must be present together and on the same virtual screen
  • 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)
  • The $25.00 fee is being waived at this time.

Make an Appointment and Submit Documents

Please e-mail your application, supporting documents, and preferred available date to the City Clerk's Office at cityclerksoffice@bouldercolorado.gov to get the process started. Please send all of these in one e-mail or we will not be able to process your request.

Available Appointment Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 29
  • Wednesday, July 6

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

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.
  • Notice of Termination may be emailed to: cityclerksoffice@bouldercolorado.gov

Initiate a Termination

Terminations are not handled in-person. To initiate a termination please complete the Termination of Domestic Partnership Application PDF

Once completed, e-mail the notice of termination form (including certificate number if possible), to cityclerksoffice@bouldercolorado.gov. 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.