When you register as domestic partners in the state of New Jersey, the state issues you a Certificate of Domestic Partnership. This is your written legal proof of your partnership, and you may need to show it in the future to gain some of the benefits that married couples enjoy. For example, your employer may wish to see it in order to extend your health coverage to your partner.

What Is a Certificate of Domestic Partnership?

A Certificate of Domestic Partnership is the document that is prepared by the Local Registrar after you and your partner have filed your signed and notarized Affidavit of Domestic Partnership. Each partner is presented with an informational copy of the Certificate at the time it is prepared, which serves as a receipt that your domestic partnership has been registered.

The Certificate of Domestic Partnership is to be completed immediately upon the filing of the signed and notarized Affidavit of Domestic Partnership.

Where Would My Partner and I Get a Certified Copy of Our Domestic Partnership?

You can obtain a certified copy of the Certificate at the New Jersey State Registrar's Office of Vital Statistics and Registration.

Who Can Get a Certified Copy of My Domestic Partnership?

The two people are the registered domestic partners, as well as their immediate family or lawyer.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me File a Domestic Partnership?

While you do not necessarily need a lawyer to file the paperwork for a domestic partnership, it would be a good idea to consult a good New Jersey family law attorney who can advise you in depth of the legalities and consequences involved in becoming registered domestic partners. You may also wish to consult a  wills and trusts attorney to help you and your partner with estate planning issues.