County Clerk Services During COVID-19 Response

To keep our staff and community safe and avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus, our office at City Hall remains closed to in-person services for the foreseeable future. The City has issued a Public Health Order requiring people to stay home except for essential needs. The following County Clerk services are available by mail or online. Processing times may be affected by staffing limitations during our office closure. Information regarding COVID-19 and other city services is available here.

Processing Times

While COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are in place, the time required to complete customer requests has been affected. Please make sure you allow for extra processing time when making time-sensitive requests.

Marriage Services

Marriage License Issuance and Marriage Ceremonies

To promote social-distancing safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom has authorized California County Clerks through Executive Order N-58-20 (as amended by N-71-20) the option to provisionally issue marriage licenses and conduct ceremonies by videoconference. The San Francisco County Clerk is offering pre-paid online reservations for these services.

To complete this process, couples will need: 1) reliable, high-speed internet access, 2) a mobile device with Microsoft Teams software or a computer with an up-to-date browser, 3) and audio-visual capabilities (i.e., microphone, speakers, or webcam).

Couples must be physically together and located in the State of California during the appointment.

For further information on requirements for video conference marriage licenses and ceremonies offered by the San Francisco County Clerk, please go to Video Marriage Services.

*Please contact us if you cannot pay by credit card or if you do not have the required technology for video marriage services. The best way to reach us at this time is through our online form or by calling 3-1-1.

Recording a Marriage License

The County Clerk and the Assessor/Recorder are currently mailed submissions of completed marriage licenses for marriages that have been solemnized by an officiant. For Public Marriage License recording, please go to Recording a Public Marriage Licenseand for Confidential Marriage license recording, please go to Recording a Confidential Marriage License.

Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate

You may apply for a Certified Copy of a Marriage Certificate online or by mail. For public marriage licenses, go to Certified Copy of a Public Marriage Certificate. For confidential marriage licenses, go to Certified Copy of a Confidential Marriage Certificate.

Domestic Partnership Registration

During San Francisco’s public health orders regarding COVID-19 and the closure of City Hall to the public, the San Francisco County Clerk is offering San Francisco Domestic Partnership registration via Video Conference.

To complete this process, couples will need: 1) reliable, high-speed internet access, 2) a mobile device with Microsoft Teams software or a computer with an up-to-date browser, 3) and audio-visual capabilities (i.e., microphone, speakers, or webcam).

Couples must be physically together during the appointment and located in the State of California.

For further information on requirements and applying for a video domestic partnership appointment with the San Francisco County Clerk, please go to Video Domestic Partnership Filings.

Birth and Death Records

You can order Birth and Death Records by mail or online during our office closure. Please make sure you allow for extra processing time when making time-sensitive requests. The current expected time to receive a Vital Record is approximately 4 weeks.

Fictitious Business Name

You can use our online Fictitious Business Name Search, register, or change a Fictitious Business Name or submit Proof of Publication by mail during our office closure. The current expected time to receive confirmation of your Fictitious Business Name registration is approximately 4 weeks.

Notary Signature Authentication

You can Authenticate a Notary Signature by mail during our office closure.

Professional Registrations

You can submit or change Notary OathLegal Document Assistant, Process Server, Professional Photocopier, and Unlawful Detainer Assistant registrations by mail during our office closure.

CEQA Environmental Document Filing

You can file a CEQA Environmental Document by mail during our office closure. You can access filed CEQA Documents online at California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Notices.

How to Keep Updated

We will provide updates on this page. To contact our office, please use our online form.