House Bill 2032 (effective January 1, 2024) expands eligibility for Domestic Partnerships to partners of any sex.
To enter into a Domestic Partnership, the Declaration of Oregon Registered Domestic Partnership form must be registered with a County Clerk in the State of Oregon. You may request an application in person at our office or you can download the Declaration of Domestic Partnership form. It is a legal form and should be completed electronically, typed, or in black or dark blue ink. The legal form is 8.5 inches by 14 inches and needs to be completed per the instructions. The form is signed by both individuals entering the partnership. Signatures must be acknowledged by a Notary Public. The completed and notarized form must then be registered by a County Clerk. The Clerk’s Office does not have a notary on staff.
To register for a domestic partnership in Douglas County, both parties must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- At least one partner must be a resident of Oregon.
- Reside together and share the common necessities of life.
- Not be married or registered as the domestic partner of another person in any jurisdiction.
- Not be first cousins or any nearer of kin.
- Be mentally competent to consent to contract.
- Be each other's sole domestic partners and intend to remain so indefinitely and are responsible for each other's common welfare.
- Understand that the county domestic partnership is a domestic partnership of continuous duration.
- Affirm that neither has filed a Statement of Termination of County Domestic Partnership Registration within the last six months.
- Agree to file a Statement of Termination of County Domestic Partnership Registration, if the partnership is terminated (except by death) or any of the facts set forth above change.
The fee for a County Domestic Partnership is $50. A copy of the registered form, along with a "Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership" can be provided to the partners in person or by mail.
Certified copies of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership can be ordered from the County Clerk in the county where your Domestic Partnership is registered or from the Center for Health Statistics, also known as Oregon Vital Records. A certified copy can be obtained from the Douglas County Clerk for $7.75.
A Domestic Partnership does not convey the same rights of a marriage license. However, insurance providers and others may recognize the partnership at their discretion.