Domestic Partnership License
Adults who are in a domestic partnership relationship may register with the City Clerk's Office as part of the City's Domestic Partnership Registry ordinance. Registrations are public record under Florida Law.
Registration is offered Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to conflicts with City Council meetings and agenda preparation, no registry appointments will be made on Thursdays and Fridays. The City Clerk's Office is located on the main floor of St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. For more information, call 727-893-7448.
In order to receive a Domestic Partnership Certificate:
Both parties must be present at the time of initial registration to process a Registration Affidavit, a legal document that will be notarized by City Clerk's Office staff.
A photo ID is necessary for each party, such as a Driver's License, State Issued ID, Passport, or Military ID.
Initial registration is $30 payable in cash, check or money order to the City of St. Petersburg. No credit or debit cards can be accepted.
For the initial $30 registration fee, registrants will receive a copy of the registration affidavit, two wallet cards and a formal certificate. The original copy will be recorded with the Pinellas County Clerk of Court.
Sample Registration Affidavit — This form can only be completed in person with both individuals present at the office of the City Clerk.
Affidavit of Amendment — Use this form to update a registration if there is a change of address.
Affidavit of Amendment — Use this form to update a registration if there is a legal name change.
Affidavit of Termination — Use this form to terminate a registration.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Each partner is at least eighteen (18) years old and competent to contract;
- Neither partner is currently married under Florida law or is a partner in a domestic partnership or a member of civil union with anyone other than the co-applicant;
- The partners are not related by blood as defined in Florida law;
- Each partner considers himself or herself to be a member of the immediate family of the other partner and to be jointly responsible for maintaining and supporting the registered domestic partnership;
- The partners reside in a mutual residence;
- Each partner agrees to immediately notify the City Clerk, in writing, if the terms of the registered domestic partnership are no longer applicable or if one of the domestic partners wishes to terminate the domestic partnership; and
- Each partner expressly declares the desire and intent to designate his or her domestic partner as healthcare surrogate, as agent to direct the disposition of his or her body for funeral and burial, and as preneed guardian as defined by Chapter 744, Florida Statutes.
All rights, privileges and benefits extended to domestic partnerships registered pursuant to this Article shall also be extended to domestic partnerships registered pursuant to domestic partnership laws in other jurisdictions to the extent allowed by law. If a conflict occurs between jurisdictions, this Article shall govern in the City.
Mutual residence means a residence shared by the registered domestic partners. It is not necessary that both partners own the legal right to possess the place of residence. Two people may share a mutual residence even if one or both have additional places to live. Registered domestic partners do not cease to share a mutual residence if one leaves the shared place but intends to return.
The St. Petersburg City Council found that a significant number of its citizens establish and maintain important personal, emotional, and economic relationships with persons to whom they are not married. To the extent not superseded or preempted by federal law, state law, or other city code or ordinance, or contrary to rights conferred by contract or separate legal instrument, registered domestic partners shall have the following rights:
(a) Health Care Facility Visitation. All healthcare facilities operating within the City shall honor the registered domestic partnership documentation issued pursuant to this code as evidence of the partnership and shall allow a registered domestic partner visitation as provided under federal law. A dependent of a registered domestic partner shall have the same visitation rights as a patient’s child.
(b) Health Care Decisions. This section pertains to decisions concerning both physical and mental health. Registry as a domestic partner shall be considered to be written direction by each partner designating the other to make health care decisions for their incapacitated partner, and shall authorize each partner to act as the other’s healthcare surrogate as provided in Chapter 765, Florida Statutes, and otherwise as provided by federal law. Further, no person designated as a health care surrogate shall be denied or otherwise defeated in serving as a health care surrogate based solely upon his or her status as the registered domestic partner of the partner on whose behalf health care decisions are to be made. Any statutory form, including but not limited to, a living will or health care surrogate designation in the forms prescribed by Chapter 765, Florida Statutes, that is properly executed after the date of registration which contain conflicting designations shall control over the designations made by virtue of the domestic partnership registration.
(c) Funeral/Burial Decisions. Registry as a domestic partner shall be considered to be written direction by the decedent of his or her intention to have his or her domestic partner direct the disposition of the decedent’s body for funeral and burial purposes as provided in Chapter 497, Florida Statutes, unless the decedent provides conflicting, written authorization and directions during his or her lifetime that are dated after the date of the domestic partnership registration, in which case the later dated authorization and directions shall control.
(d) Notification of Family Members. In any situation providing for mandatory or permissible notification of family members, including but not limited to notification of family members in an emergency, “notification of family” shall include registered domestic partners.
(e) Preneed guardian designation. Registered domestic partners shall have the same rights as any other individual to be designated as a preneed guardian pursuant to Chapter 744, Florida Statutes, and to serve in such capacity in the event of his or her domestic partner’s incapacity. A registered domestic partner shall not be denied or otherwise be defeated in serving as the preneed guardian of his or her domestic partner or the partner’s property under the provisions of Chapter 744, Florida Statutes, based solely upon his or her status as the domestic partner of the incapacitated partner, to the extent that the incapacitated partner has not executed a valid preneed guardian designation after the date of the domestic partnership registration.
(f) Participation in Education. To the extent allowed by federal and state law, and in a manner consistent with any applicable court orders, agreements or contracts, a registered domestic partner shall have the same rights as a parent to participate in the education of a dependent of the registered domestic partnership in all educational facilities located within or under the jurisdiction of the City. Any right to participate in the education of a dependent of the registered domestic partnership shall be exercised consistent with applicable policies and procedures of the PinellasCountySchool District.
(g) Correctional Facility Visitation Rights. Any registered domestic partner shall be entitled to visit his or her domestic partner, or other immediate family member of the domestic partner, who is an inmate at a correctional facility located within the City, upon the same terms and conditions under which visitation is afforded to an inmate’s immediately family member as defined by Florida law.
Nothing in this Article shall be interpreted to alter, affect, or contradict city, county, state or federal law. This registry shall not be construed as recognizing or treating a domestic partnership as a marriage nor shall it be construed as creating any third party rights or actions nor shall anything in this Article be construed to impose liability upon a domestic partner for any expenses of his or her domestic partner.
A registered domestic partner may enforce the rights under this Article by filing a private judicial action against a person or entity in any court of competent jurisdiction for declaratory relief, injunctive relief, or both, or such other remedy as may be legally available to them.
The St. Petersburg City Clerk is responsible for administering the Registry. The City Clerk’s Office is located in City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N., first floor. On street metered parking is available in front of and in close proximity to City Hall.
You do not need to be a resident of the City of St. Petersburg to register. However, the Registry is only applicable to facilities located within St. Petersburg City limits.
- Your partner
- Photo identification (Driver’s license or other State issued ID, passport or military ID.)
- $30.00 in cash or check made payable to the City of St. Petersburg
The sample Domestic Partnership Registry Affidavit form is provided for your information and review, but it should not be signed until you and your partner come to the City Clerk’s Office in person.
Either party to a registered domestic partnership may terminate such partnership by filing a notarized affidavit of Termination of Domestic Partnership, with payment of the required $15.00 fee, with the City Clerk. Upon payment of the required fee, the City Clerk shall file the affidavit and issue a Certificate of Termination of Domestic Partnership to each partner at the last known address of each partner. The termination shall become effective ten (10) days from the date the certificate of termination is issued.
A registered domestic partnership shall automatically terminate upon notice to the City Clerk of the following events:
- One (or both) of the domestic partners marries under Florida law.
- One of the domestic partners dies (provided however, the provisions relating to funeral and burial decisions shall survive); or
- One of the domestic partners registers with another partner.
The marrying, surviving or re-registering domestic partner(s) shall file an affidavit terminating the domestic partnership relationship within ten (10) days of one of the occurrences listed in this section; however, the failure to file such an affidavit shall not affect the automatic termination.