Office of the County Clerk
In the County Clerk's office, people and businesses file documents which relate to: fictitious names of businesses; marriages; 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 continuing to perform our mandated services to the public accurately and in a timely manner.
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Special Valentine’s Day Marriage Ceremonies and Celebration at San Francisco City Hall
City Administrator Naomi Kelly and the Office of the County Clerk invite couples to celebrate their love and tie the knot at a civil ceremony at San Francisco’s City Hall on Valentine’s Day. This special Valentines Celebration honors and celebrates the great diversity of the couples who choose to hold their marriage ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. Couples travel from across the globe for the opportunity to be married in San Francisco’s famed City Hall.
Last year’s Valentine’s Day celebration at City Hall was such a great success that the Office of the County Clerk is preparing to perform even more ceremonies. The County Clerk’s Office normally holds up to 36 weddings per day and held 108 ceremonies on Valentine’s Day last year. Additional volunteer marriage commissioners will be assisting with the high volume, and a ceremony area will be set up in the North Light Court, in addition to locations in the rotunda, on the 4th floor balconies, the Mayor’s Balcony, and private ceremonies in the Ceremony Room.
The County Clerk is accepting reservations for this special day. Couples with a valid California marriage license or marriage license appointment will be accepted for ceremonies on a first- come, first-served basis on Valentine’s Day. The fee for a ceremony is $86. Please review all eligibility requirements at https://sfgov.org/countyclerk/marriage-general-information or call 3-1-1 for information.
Couples will go home with a long-stem red rose, candy, and a special Valentine’s Souvenir Marriage Certificate. An onsite photo booth with a special San Francisco background will be available for pictures at no cost. The County Clerk’s Volunteer Marriage Commissioner Program, now in its 27th year, is one of the most popular services at City Hall.
Who: San Francisco Office of the County Clerk
WHAT: Valentine’s Day Marriage and Celebration
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall
WHEN: Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 8:00am – 4:30pm
Mayor London Breed Announces Appointment of Diane Rea as County Clerk
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.
California Vital Record Fee Waivers for Individuals Impacted by Wildfires
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued emergency proclamations for Butte, Lake, Los Angeles, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Ventura, and Yuba Counties due to the effects of multiple fires, including the Atlas, Canyon, Carr, Cascade, Cherokee, Cranston, Creek, Detwiler, Ferguson, Holiday, Klamathon, LaPorte, Lobo, Pawnee, Potter, Ranch, River, 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 (415) 701-2311 outside San Francisco. Office Location and Hours