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Frequently Asked Questions

Recording Division
1710 Red Soils Ct. #110
Oregon City, OR 97045 map
Phone: (503) 655-8551
Fax: (503) 650-5688
Email: recording@clackamas.us

What is a Domestic Partnership and how was it established?

How do we register our Domestic Partnership?

What is a Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership?

Do both partners have to be Oregon residents?

Where can we get the needed form?

How should the Declaration of Domestic Partnership form completed?

What should we know when completing the form?

Is there a fee for registering the form with the County Clerk?

Can partners complete the entire form at the County Clerk's office?

Do partners have to go the County Clerk's office in our county of residence?

Will partners receive a copy of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership?

What happens to the original Declaration of Domestic Partnership once it is filed with the County Clerk?

Is the Declaration of Domestic Partnership a vital record?

How do I get a certified copy of my Declaration of Domestic Partnership?

Can first cousins enter into a domestic partnership?

Can I take my partner's last name after we've registered our partnership?


What is a Domestic Partnership and how was it established?

A Domestic Partnership in Oregon is a civil contract entered into by two individuals of the same sex, who are at least 18 years of age, are otherwise eligible to enter the contract, and at least one of whom is a resident of Oregon.

House Bill 2007, also known as the Oregon Family Fairness Act, passed by the 2007 Oregon Legislature established a process for declaring Domestic Partnerships in Oregon. top

How do we register our Domestic Partnership?

A same sex couple, wishing to register as a legally recognized domestic partnership, can complete and file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with their local County Clerk. There are thirty-six County Clerk offices in the State of Oregon. top

What is a Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership?

House Bill 2007, also known as the Oregon Family Fairness Act, was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2007. This bill established a Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership. Upon registering the Declaration of Domestic Partnership, the partners will receive a Certificate of Domestic Partnership. This certificate is a commemorative certificate that is suitable for display featuring an attractive design with calligraphy-like font, high quality paper, and a State of Oregon seal. The Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership is not a legal document. top

Do both partners have to be Oregon residents?

No. Only one individual has to be an Oregon resident. State of residence is indicated on the form. top

Where can we get the needed form?

The Declaration of Domestic Partnership forms are available at the Clackamas County Recording office, located at 2051 Kaen Rd. Oregon City, OR 97045.

The Department of Human Services, Center for Health Statistics, has the form available on their web site along with instructions for completing the forms. (NOTE: Forms printed from the web must be printed on legal sized paper - 8.5 inches by 14 inches. A gray stripe down the left hand side of the form is required to show that it is the standard approved form.)

You can order the form via mail or email from:

Center for Health Statistics
Attn: Mary Ann Jensen
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 225
Portland, OR 97232
Mary.ann.jensen@state.or.us

Please specify that you are ordering a Declaration of Domestic Partnership form, include your mailing address and day time phone number in correspondence. top

How should the Declaration of Domestic Partnership form completed?

This is a legal form and it must be completed in black or dark blue ink and should not be altered. Forms can be hand or type written. All sections of the form need to be completed. Please refer to step by step instructions for completing each item. The forms must be signed by both individuals entering into the domestic partnership. Signatures must be acknowledged by a notary public. top

What should we know when completing the form?

The forms must be signed by both individuals entering into the domestic partnership. Signatures must be acknowledged by a Notary Public. Completed, signed, and notarized forms must be signed by a County Clerk to be valid. The County Clerk then registers the form in a Domestic Partnership Registry and transmits the original to the State Registrar of Vital Records. A copy of the completed form along with a "Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership" will be given to the partners. top

Is there a fee for registering the form with the County Clerk?

Yes, the fee is $60 (cash, certified check or money order only). top

Can partners complete the entire form at the County Clerk's office?

Contact your local County Clerk's office to get information on completing the form and associated fees. Remember that the form needs to be notarized, so make sure a notary is available at the County Clerk's office. Clackamas County doesn’t notarize documents. top

Do partners have to go the County Clerk's office in our county of residence?

No, you can register the form at any Oregon County Clerk's office. top

Will partners receive a copy of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership?

The County Clerk will provide you a copy of the form after it is registered. You will also receive a Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership. top

What happens to the original Declaration of Domestic Partnership once it is filed with the County Clerk?

Every County Clerk registering Declaration of Domestic Partnership forms will preserve a copy of the form in their records. Upon doing so, Clerks will send the original forms completed during the preceding month to the Center for Health Statistics on or before the 10th day of each calendar month. top

Is the Declaration of Domestic Partnership a vital record?

Declaration of Domestic Partnerships will be public records in County Clerk offices. The original forms forwarded by the County Clerk for filing with the Center for Health Statistics are vital records. Access to the vital record maintained by the Center for Health Statistics will be restricted for 50 years after the event, available only to family members and their legal representatives, persons or organizations with a personal or property right. top

How do I get a certified copy of my Declaration of Domestic Partnership?

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. Clackamas County's fees related to certified copies are $0.25 per copy, $3.75 per certification, and $3.75 per search if required to locate the record. The Clackamas County Clerks office accepts checks, money orders, and cash. Please, do not send cash through the mail.

When ordering certified copies from Oregon Vital Records, only family members, their legal representatives, or persons or organizations with a personal or property right can order certified copies. Orders will be taken after January 1,2008. Certified copies of the Declaration can be issued after the original completed forms are filed with the Center for Health Statistics. Original forms completed during the preceding month are sent to the Center for Health Statistics on or before the 10th day of each calendar month. Once at the Center for Health Statistics, the records must be registered and entered into the vital records system. Therefore, it may take up to six weeks from the date of registration of the Declaration at the county for the Center for Health Statistics to have the record available for issuance of certified copies.

The cost is $20 for a first copy and $15 for each additional copy ordered at the same time.

Certified copies can be ordered via mail, internet, phone, in person or fax.

In person:

Oregon Vital Records
800 NE Oregon St., Suite 205 Portland, OR 97232-2162
Mail orders to:
Oregon Vital Records P.O. Box 14050
Portland, Oregon 97293-0050

Phone orders: 971-673-1190
Fax orders: 971-673-1203
Internet orders: www.vitalchek.com

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Can first cousins enter into a domestic partnership?

Only if they are first cousins by adoption, otherwise, the partnership is prohibited and void? top

Can I take my partner's last name after we've registered our partnership?

Last name taken following a Declaration of Oregon Registered Domestic Partnership after July 23, 2013  top

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