Get a San Francisco death certificate

You can 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:

  • $24 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 $24, 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 $24 each.

Order online

 

We will mail you a copy of your death 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

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.

Mail

Mail

1. Fill out the form and sworn statement

Download the PDF and fill out your details.

 

 

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
  • $24 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 to 6 weeks.

Office of the County Clerk

City Hall, Room 160
1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Get help

Office of the County Clerk

City Hall, Room 160
1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mon to Fri, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Processing Hours

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Last updated December 23, 2022