DECLARATION OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP AND TERMINATION OF DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP ISSUES VITAL RECORDS FAQ’s

07/15/09

 

1. What is the process for applying for a Declaration of Domestic Partnership?

 

 

2.  When may people apply to register as a domestic partnership?

 

 

3. Who may apply for domestic partnership?

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

 

            (Wis. Stat. § 770.05)

 

4. Where do you apply for domestic partnership?

 


 

5.  What paperwork is involved?

 

 

6. How much does it cost?

 

 

NOTE:  Under vital records law, it is illegal for anyone besides the Register of Deeds or the State Vital Records Office to make copies of the declaration of domestic partnership or the certificate of termination of domestic partnership, including the partners themselves.

 

7. What documents are needed to apply for the declaration of domestic partnership (to establish the domestic partnership)?

 

Each applicant must bring in the following documents:

 

 

NOTE:  If an applicant was born outside of Wisconsin, the following website contains links to all U.S. vital records offices: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm

 

            NOTE: (Applicants cannot use a photocopy of a certified copy of a birth certificate or a hospital souvenir birth record.  Neither of these is legally acceptable as a substitute for a true certified copy of a birth certificate.)

 

 

            NOTE:  For applicants who were married or if his or her spouse died outside of Wisconsin, the following website contains links to all U.S. vital records offices: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm

 

 

8. Is there a waiting period between the end of a “legal relationship” (domestic partnership or marriage) and the date a person can enter into a new one?

 

 

9. How do you terminate a domestic partnership?

 

 

10. When does the termination become effective?

 

 

11. What if one of the partners chooses to get married?

 

 

12. Is there a fee for terminating a domestic partnership?

 

 

13. How does a party get certified copies of the certificate of termination?

 

 

            NOTE:  Under vital records law, it is illegal for anyone besides the Register of Deeds or the State Vital Records Office to make copies of the Original Certificate of Termination of a Domestic Partnership document, including the partners themselves.

 

14. If a couple is already registered as domestic partners (in another state or a local domestic partner registry in Wisconsin) or are married to each other (in another state) are they automatically transferred to the State’s Domestic Partner Registry?

 

 

15. Who is developing the application and registration forms for the domestic partnership program?

 

 

16. What rights does a domestic partner have to obtain vital records related to his or her domestic partner?