ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Clerk of Courts, Eddie Fernandez, announced on Monday that his office will begin accepting Orange County domestic partnership affidavits.
On the steps of the Orange County Courthouse, Fernandez said that domestic partners will be able to register at any of the Clerk's five office locations.
The Orange County Clerk of Courts has locations in Apopka, Ocoee, Winter Park and Goldenrod Road, as well as the courthouse.
Prior to Monday's announcement, the Comptroller's Office was the only location in the county where affidavits were accepted.
"Thousands of visitors walk through our doors every day to conduct business with us and it's gratifying to be able to offer yet one more service to our customers,'' said Fernandez.
In 2012, Orange County leaders voted to create the registry, which grants domestic partners accommodations, including hospital visitation rights, and guardianship privileges.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who attended the announcement, said she fully supports Fernandez's decision.
"I applaud Eddie Fernández' leadership,'' she said. "His commitment to the betterment of Orange County is admirable, as is his demonstrated commitment to fiscal accountability.''
In addition to registering in person, an affidavit can be downloaded at myorangeclerk.com.