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What are the basic steps to register a Domestic Partnership?
The applicants must obtain an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership from a Local Registrar of Vital Statistics. The Affidavit must be completed and signed by both applicants at the same time, in the presence of a notary public, and notarized. The Affidavit must then be filed with a Local Registrar of Vital Statistics and the required $28.00 fee remitted. Domestic Partnerships are not considered registered until the Affidavit has been filed with a Local Registrar's Office and the Certificate of Domestic Partnership has been issued.
What are the requirements to register a Domestic Partnership?
The Domestic Partnership Act became effective on July 10, 2004 and was amended by the Civil Union Act implemented on February 19, 2007.
Under the original Domestic Partnership Act, same-sex couples age 18 or older and opposite-sex couples age 62 and older had to meet the requirements of the Act to register a Domestic Partnership. The implementation of the Civil Union Act amended this requirement such that effective February 19, 2007 same-sex or opposite-sex couples must be age 62 or older and meet the remaining eligibility requirements of the Domestic Partnership Act to register as Domestic Partners.
Domestic Partnerships registered prior to February 19, 2007 are still valid and are afforded the rights and benefits of Domestic Partners.
Couples must meet the following requirements:
Where can you obtain an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership?
The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership must be obtained from a Local Registrar of Vital Statistics in any municipality in the State of New Jersey. The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership does not have to be obtained (or filed) in the municipality in which the domestic partners reside. A list of Local Registrars is available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website at http://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/regbycnty.shtml.
The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership must be completed and signed by both applicants at the same time, in the presence of a notary pubic, and notarized. Many Local Registrar Offices have notaries on staff; please call to verify this information with the Local Registrar.
What should you bring when completing the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership with a notary public?
Each applicant must supply valid identification that establishes name, age and date of birth. This may be supplied by one or more documents issued by a government agency, such as a certified copy of a birth certificate, driver's license, military identification or state/county identification card.
Where should the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership be filed?
The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership must be filed and registered with the Registrar of Vital Statistics in any municipality in the State of New Jersey. The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership does not have to be filed or registered in the municipality in which the domestic partners reside.
What should you bring when filing the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership with a Local Registrar?
What is a Certificate of Domestic Partnership?
A Certificate of Domestic Partnership is the document that is prepared by the Local Registrar after you have filed your signed and notarized Affidavit of Domestic Partnership. Each partner is presented with an informational copy of the Certificate at the time it is prepared. This informational copy is only issued as your receipt that your Domestic Partnership has been registered; it serves no legal purpose. Each partner will also receive a copy of the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership and a copy of the Notice of Rights and Obligation for Domestic Partners.
What do you need to prove your Domestic Partnership has been registered?
To show proof of a Registered Domestic Partnership, you must obtain a certified copy of the Certificate of Domestic Partnership. A certified copy can be obtained from the Local Registrar of Vital Statistics where the Partnership was registered or at the State Registrar's Office of Vital Statistics. To obtain the certificate, you must identify the date and location of the filing for the Domestic Partnership, and provide identification to establish yourself as one of the partners listed on the document. Fees for certified copies vary by municipality.
The application can now be accessed on the web at www.state.nj.us/health/vital (See Reg. 77)