Get a birth certificate for a child under 3

Birth certificates are now available by mail only because of the coronavirus outbreak.

What to do

Because of COVID-19, we have closed our counter to the public. You can only get a birth certificate by mail right now.

For someone older than 3 years, get the birth certificate from the County Clerk.

1. Fill out the form

You can only get a birth certificate by mail right now.

Download the application. Fill out the form.

2. Get the statement notarized

Take your form to a notary public and have it notarized. 

You don’t need to have your application notarized for an Informational Copy. But your certificate will have “Informational: Not a valid document to establish identity” printed on the document.

3. Mail the application

You must include:

  • Your application
  • Notarized sworn statement
  • Prepaid and addressed return envelope
  • A money order for $25 per copy

Mail to:

San Francisco Department of Public Health
Office of Vital Records
101 Grove Street, Room 105
San Francisco, CA 94102

You should get the birth certificate in 5 to 10 business days.

4. Expedited service

If you need your certificate quickly, you can add a $30 fee to speed up processing of your application.

Fee does not include express delivery. You can include an express envelope (like UPS or FedEx) instead of a self addressed stamped envelope. 

Who can get a birth certificate

You can apply for a Certified Authorized Copy of a birth certificate for:

  • Yourself
  • Your child
  • Your spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or state-registered domestic partner

Anyone can request an informational copy of a birth certificate.

Special cases

Get a birth certificate for someone else

You can also apply for a Certified Authorized Copy of a birth certificate if you:

  • Have a certified court order
  • Have a valid Power of Attorney document
  • Are an authorized attorney (with supporting documents)
  • Are a licensed adoption agency (with an order of relinquishment)
  • Work for another government agency (with work ID and a letter from a supervisor authorizing your request)
     

Get help

Phone

Office of Vital Records

Last updated May 29, 2020