Procedures for public records requests
Public records requests may be directed to the Department of Public Health in the following ways:
Online at https://sanfrancisco.nextrequest.com. NextRequest is the preferred public records processing system for the City & County of San Francisco.
Via email to email@example.com
Please note that medical records requests are NOT public records requests. Medical records can be requested in the following ways:
Fax request to 628-206-8623
Visit the Medical Records Office in person at 1001 Potrero Ave, Building 5, 2nd Floor, Room 2B.
Procedures for subpoenas
All subpoenas must be served per the California Evidence Code. No subpoenas concerning personal matters will be accepted.
Subpoenas for Medical Records:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (628) 206-7599, or call (628) 206-8622.
Subpoenas for Hospital/Facility Billing Records:
If it is a subpoena for a deposition, hearing or trial, email SFHNPFSLegalRequests@sfdph.org to set up an appointment to serve the subpoena in-person, along with a $15 check for the production fee and $275 witness fee.
Subpoenas for Physician Billing Records:
Submit directly to SFGH Medical Group (CPG) via email at email@example.com or via phone at (415) 502-8162.
Subpoenas for Radiology Records:
Fax to (628) 206-8946.
Subpoenas for Personnel Records:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and DPH-HRAdmin@sfdph.org.
All other subpoenas:
In person to Office #200 at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, San Francisco 94102.
Subpoena duces tecum, requiring documents, must be delivered with a $15 check payable to the SFDPH. Deposition subpoenas must be submitted with a $275 check payable to SFDPH.
Looking for birth, death or marriage records?
Birth and death certificates from the past 3 years can be obtained from the Department of Public Health Office of Vital Records.
Birth and death certificates older than 3 years can be obtained from the Office of the County Clerk.
Records concerning marriage or dissolution of marriage are not kept by the Department of Public Health. Marriage certificates can be obtained from the Office of the Assessor-Recorder. Dissolution of marriage certificates can be obtained from the Superior Court of California.