Get a birth certificate for someone over 3

You can get a copy of a birth certificate for someone over 3 years old who was born in San Francisco after 1906.

What to do

If you need a birth certificate for a child under 3 years old, go to the Department of Public Health Office of Vital Records.

Order online from VitalChek.com

You can order a birth certificate online through VitalChek for anyone over 3 years old.  

Fees:

  • $25 for the search
  • $12.95 VitalChek fee
  • $19 shipping for UPS Air (optional)

We charge $25 for the search, even if we don’t find your record. The search fee includes a copy of the birth certificate, if we find it.

If you want more than one copy of a birth certificate, you need to pay $25 each.

We will mail you a copy of your birth certificate in 5 to 10 business days. 

You can call VitalChek at (800) 708-6733 to check on an order or if you have questions. 

In-Person

Go to the Office of the County Clerk

You can apply to get a birth certificate in person at the Office of the County Clerk. The birth certificate must be for someone:

  • born in San Francisco
  • born after 1906
  • over 3 years old

The person applying must bring an unexpired government-issued photo ID.

To save time, you can also bring your completed application form.

You can pay by cash, credit card or check (from a US bank). You can also pay by money order or cashiers check, in US dollars.

If you need a birth certificate for a child under 3 years old, go to the Department of Public Health Office of Vital Records.

Office of the County Clerk

Room 162

1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102

Mon to Fri, 8:00 am to 3:45 pm

Closed public holidays

Mail

1. Fill out the form

Download the PDF and fill out your details.

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. Informational copies are certified, but have “Informational: Not a valid document to establish identity” printed on them.

3. Mail your application

You must include:

  • your application
  • notarized sworn statement
  • self-addressed, stamped envelope
  • $25 payment 

You can pay by money order or personal check. Your personal check must:

  • have the account holders name printed on it
  • be from a bank in the USA
  • payable to "SF County Clerk"

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

City Hall

Room 162
San Francisco, CA 94102-4678

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 copy of a birth certificate if you:

  • Have authorization from a certified court order
  • Have power of attorney and can show a certified copy of your Power of Attorney document
  • Are the executor of the person’s estate, with estate documents to prove it
  • Work for another government agency and can show your work ID

We can’t give certificates to government employees for personal use.
 

Get help

County Clerk Vital Records

City Hall, Room 162

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94103

Processing: Mon to Fri, 8 am to 3:45 pm

Information only: Mon to Fri, 4 to 5 pm

Closed on public holidays

Last updated February 04, 2020

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