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Domestic Partnership Information

Domestic partnership registration is available by mail from the State of California. The City is processing domestic partnership registrations by appointment only. City facilities are closed to the general public. 

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered residents to shelter in place, leaving only for essential needs. Most City facilities are closed to the public. Read the latest changes to City services and COVID-19 information from Berkeley Public Health.


State Domestic Partnership Registry 

Effective April 1, 2020 the California Secretary of State's office offers Domestic Partnership registration through the mail. Recent legislation eliminated the requirement for couples to be 62 years of age or older to register as opposite-sex domestic partners. Domestic partner registration is now open to all partners over the age of 18. Please visit the Secretary of State's website for complete details.

Website:  https://www.sos.ca.gov/registries/domestic-partners-registry/ 

 

City of Berkeley Domestic Partnership

NOTE: Domestic partnership registrations are by appointment only.  

In October 1983, the Human Relations and Welfare Commission of the City of Berkeley held a public hearing on "Examining the Use of Marriage to Determine Benefits and Liabilities in Berkeley and the alternatives".

As a result of that hearing the City Council adopted a Policy in December, 1984 extending employee benefits to domestic partners as a way of addressing inequities that occur when benefits are limited to married couples because same gender cohabitating couples cannot marry and opposite gender cohabitating couples choose not to marry.

In June, 1991, the City Council extended the policy recognizing domestic partnerships beyond City employees to provide the general public the opportunity to register as Domestic Partners.  This Policy implements that City Council directive.

Registration

An Affidavit of Domestic Partnership (PDF, 43 KB) must be signed by both parties and each, in signing, must attest to certain facts including a declaration of responsibility by the signing parties for their common welfare.  The Affidavit form must be filed in person at the City Clerk Department by one of the parties.  There is a $30 fee for filing the Affidavit and obtaining a Certificate of Registration of a Domestic Partnership (Resolution No. 65,282-N.S.).

Termination

In order to terminate a Domestic Partnership, a Statement of Termination (PDF, 41 KB) must be filed with the City Clerk Department.  If both partners have signed the Statement of Termination, the fee is $5.00.  If only one partner has signed, the fee is $15.00. Terminations are effective on the date they are received by the City Clerk Department. There is a six-month waiting period between terminating one Domestic Partnership and entering into another.

Payment Policy: The City Clerk Department accepts credit/ATM cards, cash, and checks/money orders.  The City Clerk Department may not be able to give change for bills of $20 or greater.   Only exact change or credit/ATM transactions are accepted after 4:30pm.

It should be noted that this Affidavit of Domestic Partnership may have potential legal implications under California law which has recognized that non-marital cohabiting couples may privately contract with respect to the financial obligations of their relationship.  If you have questions regarding the potential legal effects of signing the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership, you should consult an attorney.

 

If you are unable to access .pdf documents online, please contact us via email (clerk@CityofBerkeley.info), telephone (510) 981-6900, or TDD (510) 981-6903 so that we can provide an alternate format. 

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