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DP Registry Begins Monday in Washington

This just in from Equal Rights Washington:

On Monday, July 23, 2007, same-sex couples and different-sex couples in which at least one partner is over the age of 62 can register as domestic partners with the State of Washington. The enactment of this historic legislation will provide emergency protection?about a dozen of the 1400 rights that civil marriage affords?for many families and couples, including hospital visitation and inheritance rights.  We are pleased that the legislature passed the domestic partner bill and believe that it is a step in the right direction, but ERW will continue to work with the legislature, activists, allies, and the citizens of Washington until full marriage equality is realized.

Secretary of State Sam Reed and his staff have been very supportive of this new legislation and we are very grateful for their outstanding services and accommodation. In order to make registration a great experience for everyone, here is some information about how to register and what to expect if you plan to register in-person in Olympia on Monday. As with the implementation of any new program, there may be some small “hitches” and possibly some delays, so please be patient.

(HOW TO REGISTER below the fold)Registering by Mail:
Forms – Registration forms can be downloaded from the Secretary of State?s website.  Please click here to find the forms.  Paper forms should also available at your local County Clerk’s office.
Fee & Mailing Information – The registration fee is $50.  Checks should be made payable to the Secretary of State Corporations Division and should be mailed to the following address:
Office of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
P.O. Box 40234
Olympia, WA 98504-0234
Notary – Registration paperwork must be notarized by a notary public.
Effective Date – Registrations are effective on the day they are received by the Secretary of State, whether in person or by mail.
Certificates  – Those who register by mail should expect to receive their certificates and wallet cards back in approximately 1-2 weeks, depending on the volume of applications.  It is reasonable to expect that a large number of people will be registering in the early days that the registry is available, which may initially make the wait longer.
Questions – If you have questions regarding the registry or want more information about how to apply please refer to the Secretary of State’s domestic partner registry page on the web by going here.

Registering in Olympia:
Where to Register – If you plan to register in person go to the Corporations Division, Office of the Secretary of State located in the Dolliver Building at 801 Capitol Way South.  The office is open from 8 AM to 5 PM. At 8 AM the office will distribute numbers to those waiting in line so that if you wish you can leave and enjoy Olympia during the wait. It will certainly be exciting to be present when registration begins. If the Secretary of State?s office is unable to process all the registrations by end of the day on July 23rd they will still accept your forms so that your registration will be effective on that date. In that case you will receive your certificate and cards in the mail.
Forms – Please complete your registration form in advance, either on your computer or by hand.  The form is available in PDF format on the Secretary of State’s Website.  To download the forms please go here.  This form requires a recent version of Acrobat Reader to work properly. While most computers have this program, if yours does not have an updated version you can download it here. While both hand-written and typed forms will be accepted, hand-written must be manually entered and will substantially lengthen the time at the counter for each couple.  For anyone having trouble downloading forms, copies will be available at the Secretary of State?s Office of Corporations and Divisions.
Fees – The registration fee is $50.  Checks should be made payable to: Office of the Secretary of State Corporations Division.
Notary – Please make every effort to notarize your registration form before you arrive in Olympia. While there will be some notaries available, we are expecting a high volume of registrants and so this will lengthen the process.
Certificates – Those who register in person, after the registration process and paying the $50 fee, will receive a certificate for each partner and two wallet cards.  These wallet cards should not be required anywhere, but the Secretary of State wanted to provide couples with convenient proof of their registration.
Parking – There is very limited parking available at the Dolliver Building. On-street metered parking is available in the area but it is often difficult to find a space. Free parking is available at the Capitol Visitor parking lot. Intercity Transit offers the free DASH shuttle from this parking lot to the Capitol Campus. This service runs every twelve minutes and stops one block from the Dolliver Building. For more information go to www.intercitytransit.com.

Domestic Partner Law Brochure – Many couples have yet to decide whether they will join the new domestic partner registry.  If you want more information about the registry, including information about the rights and benefits that come with joining, please download the brochure “The Legal Rights of Domestic Partners In Washington State” by going here.

Sincerely,
Equal Rights Washington

PS – Please look for an action alert we will send out on or before Monday as well as a media campaign to help facilitate the writing of letters to the editor.  It is equally important that straight allies write letters in support of the domestic partnership law and the continuing struggle for marriage equality.

PPS – If you have any questions about Monday or need help preparing for a media interview please call the ERW office over the weekend at 206-324-2570.  We will be checking messages and will get back to you in a timely manner.

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DP Registry Begins Monday in Washington

This just in from Equal Rights Washington:

On Monday, July 23, 2007, same-sex couples and different-sex couples in which at least one partner is over the age of 62 can register as domestic partners with the State of Washington. The enactment of this historic legislation will provide emergency protection?about a dozen of the 1400 rights that civil marriage affords?for many families and couples, including hospital visitation and inheritance rights.  We are pleased that the legislature passed the domestic partner bill and believe that it is a step in the right direction, but ERW will continue to work with the legislature, activists, allies, and the citizens of Washington until full marriage equality is realized.

Secretary of State Sam Reed and his staff have been very supportive of this new legislation and we are very grateful for their outstanding services and accommodation. In order to make registration a great experience for everyone, here is some information about how to register and what to expect if you plan to register in-person in Olympia on Monday. As with the implementation of any new program, there may be some small “hitches” and possibly some delays, so please be patient.

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