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County Domestic Partnership Certificate

In addition to marriage licenses, Multnomah County offers a voluntary program of registration for domestic partners of either sex. The county domestic partnership is a means for unmarried, committed couples who share a life and home together to document their relationship.

A county domestic partnership does not carry the same rights of a marriage license. However, insurance providers and other programs may recognize the partnership at their own discretion.

Are we eligible for a county domestic partnership?

To register for a domestic partnership in Multnomah County, both parties must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Reside together and share the common necessities of life.
  • Not be married or registered as the domestic partner of another person in any jurisdiction.
  • Not be first cousins or any nearer of kin.
  • Be mentally competent to consent to contract.
  • Be each other's sole domestic partners and intend to remain so indefinitely and are responsible for each other's common welfare.
  • Understand that the county domestic partnership is a domestic partnership of continuous duration.
  • Affirm that neither has filed a Statement of Termination of County Domestic Partnership Registration within the last six months.
  • Agree to file a Statement of Termination of County Domestic Partnership Registration, if the partnership is terminated (except by death) or any of the facts set forth above change.

How do we register for a county domestic partnership?

Mail:

  • a photocopy of both party's IDs
  • include contact telephone numbers
  • $60 in certified funds (cashier's check or money order)

To:  Multnomah County Marriage Licenses/Domestic Partnership Office
Attn: County Domestic Partnerships
PO Box 2716
Portland, OR 97208-2716

Your certificate will be mailed back to you. No certified copies are available for purchase. Allow 2 weeks for processing time.

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FAQ Section

Do I need to be a resident of Multnomah County?

You do not need to be a resident of Multnomah County to get a county domestic partnership.

Do I need witnesses?

Witnesses are not required. The space is provided on the certificate for optional use by the registrants who may wish to have family, friends, or someone from their religious community sign the certificate.

How do I terminate a county domestic partnership?

Either partner, or both, can terminate a county domestic partnership.

Request a Statement of Termination of County Domestic Partnership by mailing:

  • a copy of photo ID with a contact phone number for one or both parties
  • $25 in certified funds (cashier’s check or money order)

To:  Multnomah County Marriage Licenses/Domestic Partnership Office
Attn: County Domestic Partnerships
PO Box 2716
Portland, OR 97208-2716

The termination paperwork and instructions will be mailed to you. Allow 1-2 weeks for processing time.

NOTE: If only one party signs the termination, that party certifies that the signing party attempted to notify the other party of the termination by mailing a notice of such intent certified mail return receipt requested to the last known address of the other party.

Can a replacement certificate be purchased?

Yes.  Mail a photocopy of both party's IDs along with a check, cashier's check, or money order for $3.75 (payable to Multnomah County) to:

Multnomah County Marriage Licenses/Domestic Partnership Office
Attn:  County Domestic Partnerships - Replacement Certificates
PO Box 2716
Portland OR 97208-2716

Please include the mailing address to which you would like the replacement certificate sent.