Criteria and Documentation


  • Each individual must be at least 18 years old and capable of consenting to the domestic partnership.
  • Individuals must be of the same sex and not nearer of kin to each other than second cousins, whether of whole- or half-blood or by adoption.
  • Individuals must share, or intend to share, a common residence and apply to the county clerk in the county in which one or both of the partners have resided for the last 30 days immediately prior to application.
  • Neither individual is married to or in a domestic partnership with another individual.


The following documentation is to be provided at the time of application:
  • A certified copy of a state- or government-issued birth certificate must be presented. Hospital birth certificates are not acceptable. Passports may be presented in lieu of a birth certificate, if an inability to obtain a birth certificate is determined by the county clerk.        
  • Applicants must present a current (non-expired) photo identification document.       
  • Proof of residency must be established if the photo ID does not contain the current address of the applicant. The applicant can bring a dated utility bill or government correspondence if it is addressed to the applicant (by name) with the applicant’s street address (mail addressed to a post office box does not fulfill this requirement).
  • If applicant was in a prior legal domestic partnership in Wisconsin or previously married, the applicant must supply documentary evidence of how the last legal domestic partnership or marriage ended. There is a 90-day waiting period between the date the termination of domestic partnership is filed at the Register of Deeds Office and the date that a party can enter into a new domestic partnership. There is no waiting period after a divorce or if the domestic partnership ended because of a subsequent marriage of one of the domestic partners.
  • The applicant must provide his or her social security number (if the applicant has a social security number). This is a statutory requirement for all vital records. The social security number may only be used in connection with Social Security Administration programs and for child support enforcement programs

More Information

For more information on domestic partnerships, please contact the Douglas County Clerk’s Office at (715) 395-1569.