Instructions for Completing the
Declaration of Domestic Partnership (Form NP/SF DP-1)
For easier completion, this form is available on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/registries/domestic-
partners-registry/. It can be viewed, filled in and printed from your computer. If you do not complete this form online,
please type or legibly print in black or blue ink. Do not alter this form.
Statutory filing provisions are found in California Family Code sections 297 and 298. All statutory references are to the
California Family Code, unless otherwise stated.
Complete the Declaration of Domestic Partnership (Form NP/SF DP-1) as follows:
Both persons must meet all of the requirements of Section 297, as stated on the front of the
Both persons must sign and affix their signatures to the same Declaration of Domestic Partnership form.
Both persons must print their names legibly. T
he names must be printed in the order requested: Last
name, First name, Middle name. If there is a suffix, i.e.
Jr., Sr., etc., include this
as part of the last name.
One or both persons to a registered domestic partnership may change the middle or last names
which that person wishes to be known after registration of the domestic partnership by entering the new
name and including their date of birth in the spaces provided on the Declaration of Domestic Partnership
form. A person may adopt any of
the following middle or
last names: the current last name of the other
domestic partner; the last name of either domestic partner given at birth; a name combining into a single
last name all or a segment of the cu
rrent last name or the last name of
either domestic partner given at
birth; or a hyphenated combination of last names. (Section 298.6.)
A complete mailing address is required (address, city, state, zip code.)
Print legibly. Do not abbreviate
The signature of both persons must be notarized with
a certificate of acknowledgment. The Declaration
Domestic Partnership must be signed using the nam
e of the individual prior to the name change, if
ted on this
The completed form can be mailed to Secretary of State, Domestic Partners Registry, P.O. Box 942870, Sac
CA 94277-2870 or delivered in person to the Sacramento office, 1500 11
Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
OR can be hand delivered for over-the-counter processing to the Los Angeles regional office. Please refer to the
Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/registries/domestic-partners-registry/ for office locations and
The fee for filing Form NP/SF DP-1 is $10.00.
For same-sex partners, an additional $23.00 fee must be paid at the time
of filing the form, for a total
There is an additional $15.00 special handling fee for processing a document delivered in person to
the Sacramento office or to the Los Angeles regional office.
Payments for documents submitted:
by mail to Sacramento can be made by check or money order.
over-the-counter in Sacramento can be made by check, money order, cash, or credit card (Visa or
over-the-counter in the Los Angeles regional office can be made
by check, money order, or credit card
(Visa or MasterCard). The Los Angeles regional office is not able to accept cash.
Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Secretary of State.
additional $23.00 fee will be used to develop and support a training curriculum specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender domestic abuse support service providers who serve that community in regard to domestic violence, and to
provide brochures specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender domestic abuse. Brochures developed by the State
Department of Public Health will be available upon request from the Secretary of State, as funding allows.