Office of the County Clerk
In the Office of the County Clerk, people and businesses file documents that relate to fictitious names of businesses; marriage services; domestic partnerships; notaries public; environmental impact reports, and others. The County Clerk protects your personal and property rights by being the repository for these documents. Anyone may examine these records if they have questions about the status of a business or individual. Our department fosters efficiency, customer focus, and staff development while performing our mandated services to the public accurately and promptly.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
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SAN FRANCISCO ANNOUNCES PLAN TO REOPEN CITY HALL TO PUBLIC
Starting June 7, City Hall will be open for in-person services and general public access
San Francisco, CA — Today, Mayor London N. Breed and City Administrator Carmen Chu announced the schedule for reopening City Hall to the public. City Hall was shut down in March 2020, along with the rest of the City, and has not been open for the general public for almost 15 months.
Starting Monday, June 7, City Hall will reopen for in-person services and general public access. This includes in-person services like applying for marriage licenses, obtaining birth and death certificates, recording documents, and registering businesses as well as payment of property and business taxes and fees. Counter services will be open for the Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office, the Assessor’s Office, County Clerk, Office of Small Business, and other agencies. The County Clerk will begin to accept online appointments for in-person marriage ceremonies today and marriage ceremonies (no more than six guests) will resume after City Hall reopens. In the week prior, starting June 1, some City Hall services will be open for very limited in-person services by appointment only and not open to the general public. For more details on the reopening schedules and plans for each Department, visit sf.gov/location/city-hall.
“Bringing the public back into City Hall is a significant step in our reopening process,” said Mayor London Breed. “City Hall is the heart of our civic life, where people can come to take care of their basic needs or take part in the most important moment of their life. It’s where we gather to mourn, to celebrate, and to share in the most important moments of our City. I’m so excited to see people back in this building, especially on that first day when we see weddings return. San Francisco is opening up again.”
“With our early successes in vaccine distribution and managing COVID-19, we’re now able to implement expanded in-person services across San Francisco,” said City Administrator Carmen Chu. “We’re excited to welcome back the weddings and people into City Hall, but more importantly, we are excited to ensure that those who haven’t been able to connect with us online or by phone have another avenue to access critical services.”
Visitors to City Hall are required to wear facial coverings and maintain 6 feet of distance from members of other households. There may also be additional instructions regarding maximum occupancy when receiving services at individual offices. Regular security screenings will take place upon entry at the Goodlett/Polk Street Steps and the Grove Street entrances. The Van Ness steps and McAllister Street entrances will remain closed.
“This is an exciting day for our staff, and a hopeful milestone on the road to our City’s recovery,” said Treasurer José Cisneros. “Coming to work at City Hall in service to our taxpayers is always an honor, but it will be truly joyful to return to a building full of city workers, residents and tourists.”
“Our office is delighted to be one of the first departments to safely reopen and welcome people back to City Hall. Throughout this pandemic, we quickly pivoted to working remotely, while making sure our resources were still accessible to the public,” said Assessor Joaquín Torres. “Now, once again, whether you are looking to gain answers to your issues, obtain copies of marriage licenses, record vital documents, or to get access to records for research or review, our knowledgeable staff is here to serve you and answer any of your questions. Together, by reopening our doors for service, we are moving forward to provide access and stability for San Franciscans.”
Throughout the pandemic, City agencies have continued to serve the public by responding to constituents’ needs through phone, mail, and online services. San Franciscans can continue to access City services by calling 3-1-1 or visiting sf.gov.
California Vital Record Fee Waivers for Individuals Impacted by Wildfires
Emergency proclamations have been issued for Butte, Del Norte, Fresno, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Ventura, and Yuba Counties due to the effects of multiple fires, including the Bobcat, Oak, Slater, Glass, Zogg, Creek, El Dorado, Valley, River, Jones, Gamble, Hennessy (LNU Lightning Complex), Kincade, Tick, Saddleridge, Eagle, Sandalwood, Reche, Wolf, Atlas, Canyon, Carr, Cascade, Cherokee, Cranston, Detwiler, Ferguson, Holiday, Klamathon, LaPorte, Lobo, Pawnee, Potter, Ranch, Rye Steele, Sulphur, Thomas, Tubbs, and West wildfires which have damaged critical infrastructure, threatened thousands of homes and caused the evacuation of residents.
Pursuant to these Proclamations, all fees for certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and dissolution of marriage records are suspended for any individual who lost such records as a result of the wildfires. These Proclamation Orders will remain in effect until the Governor terminates the State of Emergency.
When requesting free copies of a vital record, victims of the fires should state “Wildfire” on the application and complete the Sworn Statement declaring under penalty of perjury that they are a victim.
For requests sent to the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records (CDPH-VR), victims should also make the notation “Wildfire” on the front of the mailing envelope for faster processing.
For questions or further assistance, please dial 3-1-1 or outside San Francisco. Office Location and Hours
Mayor London N. Breed announced the appointment of Diane Rea as San Francisco’s new County Clerk on September 5, 2018. Rea succeeds Catherine Stefani, who was appointed as Supervisor for District 2 earlier this year.
“I am confident that Diane Rea will serve effectively as our new County Clerk,” said Mayor Breed. “In her previous role at the Department of Recreation and Parks, she demonstrated the professionalism, attention to detail, and ability to work collaboratively that is required for this important job, and I know she will exhibit those qualities and more as our County Clerk.”
The County Clerk is appointed by the City Administrator pursuant to state and local law to provide 32 different types of services to the public in five broad categories: Marriage Licenses and Domestic Partnerships; Fictitious Business Names; SF City Identification Cards; Birth and Death Certificates; notary public, and other miscellaneous services such as filing of Environmental Impact Reports and process server filings. Last fiscal year, the County Clerk served over 50,000 customers, issuing approximately 13,000 marriage licenses, nearly 30,000 certified vital records, and over 2,500 City ID Cards.
“Diane is a dedicated public servant, an experienced manager and a strong leader,” said City Administrator Naomi M. Kelly. “She is well-known in San Francisco for her consensus-building, good judgment, integrity and dedication to excellent constituent service.”.
Rea has years of management experience in public service, and is currently the manager of Permits and Reservations at the Department of Recreation and Parks. She has served in that Department in different capacities since 2010.
“As Clerk, my focus will be to ensure the public is met with competency, efficiency, and exemplary customer service. I am dedicated to serving all communities and providing an environment where everyone feels welcome and supported,” said Rea.
Rea has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from U.C. Berkeley, and is a longtime resident of San Francisco. Her first day as County Clerk will be October 15, 2018.