Records, Permits & Licensing
Department of Public Health Office of Vital Records
The Office of Vital Records is responsible for registering all of the births and deaths that take place within the City and County of San Francisco only. Our office is located at 101 Grove Street, Room 105, directly across from City Hall at the corner of Grove and Polk. Our walk-up hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for Observed Holiday and Office Closures. Please note no applications will be accepted after 3:55 p.m.
Accepted Payment Methods:
In Person: Cash, Credit Cards (Visa and MasterCard only), Money Order, or Cashier's Check (made payable to SFDPH/OVR)
By Mail: Money Order or Cashier's Check only (made payable to SFDPH/OVR)
There is an increase in the price of Birth and Death certificates effective January 1, 2014:
- Birth Certificates $25
- Death Certificates $21
Please note: DPH Office of Vital Records, 101 Grove Street, Room 105 only retains birth and death records for the most recent 3 years.
Older records are available at the Office of the County Clerk, City Hall, Room 168, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Please sure that you have completely filled out the application and have it notarized if you intend to receive a Certified Authorized Copy. Please read these instructions. Mail your application to:
SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE OF VITAL RECORDS
101 GROVE STREET, ROOM 105
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102
Office of Vital Records Hours:
General Public: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. No applications will be available after 3:55 p.m. Death Registry hours: 9 - 11:30 a.m. then 1 pm - 3:30 p.m.
For general information, contact us at 415.554.2700
There are several different circumstances that occur which require amendments or changes to the original vital record. Click on any and all that apply to you for the instructions on how to amend your record.
Who Can Obtain Copies?
California Health and Safety Code, Section 103526, permits only authorized individuals to receive certified copies of birth records.
The law describes an authorized person as:
The registrant or a parent or legal guardian of the registrant.
A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record in order to comply with the requirements of Section 3140 or 7603 of the Family Code.
A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the registrant.
An attorney representing the registrant or the registrant's estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the registrant or the registrant's estate. You MUST provide proof at the time you are requesting this document.