On November 6, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners of Sarasota County, Florida, passed and duly adopted an Ordinance creating Article XII of Chapter 62 of the Code of Ordinances, establishing a domestic partnership registry in Sarasota County.
Sarasota County Ordinance #2013-037 states that a Domestic Partner means one of two individuals who are parties to a domestic partnership, and that a Domestic Partnership means a committed domestic relationship between two individuals that meets all of the criteria described in Section 62 -337 of Article XII.
To register, partners must complete an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Registration, provide a recording fee and apply in person with two witnesses. The Affidavit form is available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller's office, or is downloadable. Fees may be paid by cash, credit card, check, or money order payable to the Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller. All credit card transactions are subject to a 3.5% non-refundable fee, assessed by a third-party payment processor (MyFloridaCounty.com).
Complete your registration by visiting a one of the following Clerk and Comptroller's office locations:
Sarasota Main Office
2000 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
Venice Branch Office
4000 South Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Registering requires that both parties are present at the time the paperwork is filed, and have brought two witnesses. Upon completion and recordation, registrants will receive a Certificate of Registration.
The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Registration and any other documents related to Ordinance #2013-037 will be open for public inspection in the Official Records of Sarasota County, Florida. Additional available forms include an Amendment to the Affidavit, and Termination of Partnership by one or both parties.