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Domestic Partnership Registry

The Domestic Registry confers no legal benefits. It is a mechanism for you to declare yourselves to be in a committed, loving, and supportive relationship. You will receive a Certificate of Domestic Partnership that some entities may accept as proof of a domestic partnership for such things as health insurance coverage, banking needs, and medical situations. 

To apply, both applicants must appear together at the Town Clerks’ Office and declare, under penalty of perjury, that you fulfill all the following requirements:

  • You are not related by blood closer than would bar marriage in New York State
  • Neither of you is married
  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You are competent to enter into a contract
  • You are each other’s sole domestic partner
  • You currently share and have shared a primary residence for a minimum of 12 months and intend to for the indefinite future
  • You are in a relationship of mutual financial and emotional support, are caring and committed to each other, and are responsible for each other’s welfare
  • You are financially co-dependent.

The cost of the Certificate of Domestic Partnership is $20.

 Proof of Domestic Partnership

Applicants must submit at least two forms of proof indicating that they are in a domestic partnership. Any two forms of proof are acceptable:

Common Household Expenses

  •  Utility/telephone bill with both names
  •  Public assistance document with both names

 

Joint Bank Account

  • Statement with both  names
  • Check with both names
  • Passbook with both names

 

Joint Vehicle Ownership

Title showing both names

 

Tax Returns

Showing one partner as a dependent

 

Joint Membership

  • Church
  • Family organization 

Joint Investments

  •  Investment securities with both names
  •  Mutual fund statement with both names

 

Joint Credit Card

Statement with both names

 

Joint Obligors on Loan

Note or other loan origination document with both names

 

Joint Ownership of Residence

  •  Deed or other sale/transfer
  • Property of water tax document with both names
  • Mortgage agreement with both names

 

Joint Custody of a Child

Court documentation

Joint Wills

Copy of will(s) showing the other as beneficiary and/or executor

 


Life Insurance

Copy of policy with one party naming the other as beneficiary

 

Retirement Benefits

Copy of beneficiary designation form with one party designating the other as beneficiary

 

Health Care Proxy

Copy of health care proxies/living wills, designating the other party with the power to make health care decisions upon incapacitation.