Get a San Francisco death certificate

You can apply to get a copy of a death certificate record for someone who died in San Francisco more than 3 years ago and after 1906.

What to do

You can apply to get a record of a death certificate for someone who died in San Francisco more than 3 years ago and after 1906.

If you need a death certificate for someone who died in the last 3 years, go to the Department of Public Health Office of Vital Records.

Who can request a death certificate

You can apply to get a Certified Authorized record of a death certificate if you are the deceased person’s:
 

  • Child
  • Spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling or state-registered domestic partner 
  • Surviving next of kin

You can also apply for a certified record of a death certificate if you: 

  • Are an agent or employee of a funeral house
  • Have authorization from a certified court order. In this case, you will be asked to provide the 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

Order online from VitalCheck.com

You can order a death certificate online through VitalChek.

Fees:

  • $21 for the search (includes one certified copy, if we find the record)
  • $12.95 VitalChek processing fee
  • $19 shipping for UPS Air (optional)

The search fee is $21, even if we don’t find your record. The search fee includes a copy of the death certificate, if we find it.

If you want more than one copy of a death certificate, you need to pay $21 each.

Order online

 

We will mail you a copy of your death certificate in 4 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 death certificate in person at the Office of the County Clerk. The death certificate must be for someone:

  • who died in San Francisco more than 3 years ago
  • who died on or after 1906

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 or credit card, You can also pay with a personal check, money order or cashier's check, from a US bank and in US dollars.

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

1. Fill out the form and sworn statement

Download the PDF and fill out your details.

Application for certified record of a death certificate.

 

2. Get the application 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 filled out application
  • notarized sworn statement
  • $21 payment 

You can pay by personal check, money order or bank check. Make it payable to “SF County Clerk”. 

If you are using a personal check, it 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 death certificate in 4 weeks.

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

Last updated June 15, 2021