Both partners must appear together at the Office of the Clerk and Recorder and fill out a Certificate of Committed Partnership in duplicate. A sample of this form may be found on the Forms page.
The certificate is filled out and attested in the presence of the Clerk, who will then sign the certificate. One completed original certificate is issued to the partnership immediately and one is retained in the official records of the Clerk and Recorder. The fee for domestic partnership certification and registry is $25.00.
Note: All certificates of committed partnerships and the Domestic Partnership Registry itself are public records.
What Registration Does
Registration of your committed partnership creates a public record of your relationship. It provides evidence that your relationship has met the requirements for committed partnership defined by ordinance, which an employer or other party may or may not choose to recognize in offering domestic partnership benefits.
What Registration Does Not Do
Registering as committed partners does not constitute marriage under the laws of the State of Colorado nor change your legal rights with your partner. Registration does not affect your property, contract, inheritance, custody, or benefit rights nor any other legal entitlements. It does not provide for name changes. To provide for such rights domestic partners may need to execute medical and/or general powers of attorney, wills, and/or other legal instruments, just as though there were no partnership. Consult your attorney.