In May 2014, the Topeka City Council adopted City of Topeka Ordinance No. 19905, establishing a Domestic Partner Registry (DPR). For more information, see Ordinance No. 19905.
This only applies to current City of Topeka residents who currently reside within city limits
Register for Domestic Partnership
- Both partners must reside within the city limits of the City of Topeka, Kansas
- Both partners must share a common permanent residence
- Both partners must agree to be in a relationship of mutual interdependence
- Neither partner can be currently married to a third individual or a member of a domestic partnership with a third individual
- Both partners must be at least eighteen (18) years old and competent to contract
- The partners may not be related by blood as defined by Kansas law
- Both partners must agree to file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the City of Topeka
No person shall register or attempt to register a domestic partnership without the consent of the persons to be registered, and any person who is convicted of violating this section of the City Code shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
No individual who has previously filed a Declaration of Domestic Partnership in this City may file a new Declaration of Domestic Partnership until at least 90 days after the date that a Request for Removal from the Domestic Partnership was filed (this prohibition does not apply if the previous domestic partnership ended due to death of a partner).
The information provided on this Declaration of Domestic Partnership and any other records associated with the application are public record and may be viewed in accordance with the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).
What to bring:
- Both partners must be present
- Photo Identification – Driver’s License, Passport, Military ID*
- $50 fee (cash or check made payable to City of Topeka)
- To establish a domestic partnership, use the following form: Application – Registration/Declaration of Partnership
- To amend names or addresses of already-registered partnerships, use the following form: Amendment Form – Name/Address
- To terminate a partnership, use the following form: Request for Removal
Once completed, please return by mail to the following address:
Office of the City Clerk
City of Topeka
215 SE 7th St.
Topeka, KS 66603
- Apply for Domestic Partnership Registry here.
- In order for your registration to be complete, you will need to call the City Clerk’s office to make payment at 785-368-3940 or 785-368-3941 during regular business hours – Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- You will receive a certificate by mail that validates the registration of your domestic partnership in the Domestic Partnership Registry within two weeks from the City of Topeka, Kansas.
Domestic Partnership Registry Removal
- One of the partners dies and the City is notified thereof
- A Request for Removal from the Domestic Partner Registry has been filed by one or both of the individuals registered as domestic partners with the City.
- Within ninety (90) days of the dissolution of the domestic partnership, at least one former partner shall file a Request for Removal from the Domestic Partner Registry with an office of the City designated by the City Manager pursuant to procedures adopted by the City Manager. Upon receipt, the City shall provide the domestic partner who filed the Request for Removal from the Domestic Partner Registry with two copies of the Request marked “filed.” Unless the partners jointly file the Request, the partner filing the Request, shall within five days send a copy of the filed Request to the other partner’s last known address. This notice requirement does not apply if the removal request is due to a death of one of the domestic partners.
- The request shall be effective upon filing the Request for Removal from the Domestic Partner Registry with the City by one or both partners or on the date of the death of one.
- A former domestic partner who has given a copy of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership to any third party to qualify for any benefit or right and whose receipt of that benefit or enjoyment of that right has not otherwise terminated, shall notify the third party in writing of the Request for Removal from the Domestic Partner Registry, at the last known address of the third party.
- Failure to provide third-party notice – as outlined in Item No. 3 above – shall not delay or prevent the removal of the domestic partnership from the registry. The City shall have no duty to provide notice to third parties.