Domestic Partnerships

Cook County's Domestic Partnership Registry was sunsetted on May 31, 2011.

The Cook County Clerk's office continues to maintain the registry.

Domestic Partnership Certificates from Cook County do not automatically qualify you or your partner for employer-sponsored benefits, nor do they confer survivorship or ownership rights. Consult with an attorney regarding these and other financial and medical matters.

Illinois now allows civil unions, which differ from domestic partnerships. Couples who have already registered a domestic partnership and choose to enter a civil union will have their domestic partnerships automatically terminated.

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The Clerk's office will keep an official record of your domestic partnership and any Affidavits of Amendment and Affidavits of Termination that you file. The names of domestic partners who register and the date they registered their partnership with the county are available to the public.

Visit us in person at one of the Clerk's six locations.