Pinellas’ countywide domestic partnership registration begins today

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Beginning today, any two people over the age of 18 will be able to register as domestic partners in Pinellas County. 

Registration as domestic partners will afford unmarried couples certain rights relative to each other regarding health care visitation and decisions, funeral and burial decisions as well as notification of information conveyed to other family members.

The countywide domestic partner registry is “an important service for our citizens, which reflects our community’s values of fairness and equality,” said Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ken Welch. 

County comptroller and elected Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke said, “My office is pleased to work with the Board of County Commissioners to provide this new service to the public.”

The ordinance creating a countywide domestic partnership registry was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 15, 2013.  Commissioners afforded staff 90 days to prepare the necessary forms and infrastructure prior to accepting registrations.

Domestic partnership registrations will be accepted at the following Clerk of the Circuit Court offices during regular office hours:

  • Clearwater County Courthouse – 315 Court St., Room 150, Clearwater
  • North County Branch Office – 29582 U.S. Highway 19 N., Room 101, Clearwater
  • St Petersburg Branch Office – 545 First Ave. N., Room 153, St. Petersburg
  • Clerk’s Tyrone Branch Office – 1800 66th St. N., St. Petersburg

The filing fee for registering as domestic partners is $50, although a reduced fee may apply for those applicants who have already registered their partnerships in a Pinellas County municipality.

More information about the domestic partnership registry may be found online atwww.pinellascounty.org/Humanrights/pdf/domestic.pdf and forms relating to the domestic partnership registry may be found online at www.mypinellasclerk.org.

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