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
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:
- Your child
- Your spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or state-registered domestic partner
Anyone can request an informational copy of a birth certificate.
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)
Last updated May 29, 2020