Get a birth certificate for someone over 3

Birth certificates are available online, in-person, and by mail

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 4 to 6 weeks. 

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.

County Clerk

City Hall, Room 162
1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mon to Fri, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

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 4 to 6 weeks.

County Clerk
City Hall, Room 162
1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

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
City Hall, Room 162
1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mon to Fri, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Last updated October 15, 2021

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