If a couple is already registered as domestic partners or are married to each other (in another state) are they automatically transferred to the state’s Domestic Partner Registry?
It does not transfer. Domestic partnership registrations from cities or counties will not be automatically transferred to the State Domestic Partner Registry within the Vital Records System. Likewise, partnerships registered in other states will not automatically be added to the Wisconsin Registry. Couples who want to register under the new Statewide Domestic Partnership program must follow the same process as described in question 1, above.

The applicants should not list the prior local partnership registration when answering the question “Number of this domestic partnership.” If the applicant is currently a party to a legal domestic partnership with a different partner in another state, the applicant should review the laws of that state before entering into another domestic partnership in Wisconsin. If the applicant is currently registered in a local (city or county) domestic partnership registry with one partner, the applicant should seek legal advice before entering into a State-recognized domestic partnership with a different partner.

Partners who married each other in another state can apply for domestic partnership status in Wisconsin. The partners should not declare their marital status as legally married at the time of application, because only unmarried persons may register a domestic partnership. If you have any questions, please contact the County Clerk.

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1. What is the process for applying for a Declaration of Domestic Partnership?
2. When may people apply to register as a domestic partnership?
3. Who may apply for domestic partnership?
4. Where do you apply for domestic partnership?
5. What paperwork is involved?
6. How much does a domestic partnership cost?
7. What documents are needed to apply for the declaration of domestic partnership (to establish the domestic partnership)?
8. Is there a waiting period between the end of a legal relationship (domestic partnership or marriage) and the date a person can enter into a new one?
9. How do you terminate a domestic partnership?
10. When does the termination become effective?
11. What if one of the partners chooses to get married?
12. Is there a fee for terminating a domestic partnership?
13. How does a party get certified copies of the certificate of termination?
14. If a couple is already registered as domestic partners or are married to each other (in another state) are they automatically transferred to the state’s Domestic Partner Registry?
15. Who is developing the application and registration forms for the domestic partnership program?
16. What rights does a domestic partner have to obtain vital records related to his or her domestic partner?