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.

Vital Record Fee Waivers for Counties Affected by the Fires 

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Mariposa, Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Diego, and Santa Barbara Counties due to the effects of multiple fires, including the Tubbs, Atlas, Cherokee, LaPorte, Sulphur, Potter, Cascade, Lobo, Canyon Detwiler, Creek, Rye and Thomas fires which have damaged critical infrastructure, threatened thousands of homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

Pursuant to these Proclamations of a State Emergency, 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.

To apply for a certified copy of a San Francisco County vital records select Birth or Death Certificate or Copy of Marriage License.

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