San Francisco (CA) Birth Certificate Online

Order a San Francisco, California (CA) birth certificate online to avoid long lines at the vital records office. Complete an easy form to get a certified copy of an SF birth certificate mailed to you.

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US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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San Francisco, CA Birth Certificate Replacement

Individuals born in the city of San Francisco or the rest of San Francisco County are issued a California birth certificate as soon as their birth is officially registered.

This essential legal document is a mandatory requirement when a San Francisco citizen wishes to:

  • Get married
  • Obtain a government-issued identification document, including a passport, a social security card, a driver’s license, amongst others
  • Enroll in school university, or sports activities

If your San Francisco, California birth certificate got lost, or was stolen, misplaced or destroyed —even partially— you will have to obtain a San Francisco birth certificate replacement.

Applying for a legally-valid copy of a San Francisco County, CA vital record can conveniently be done online, eliminating the need to wait in line at a vital statistics office.

Ordering a San Francisco, California birth certificate online is a quick and straightforward procedure. The form takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and we provide personalized instructions to help you complete your birth certificate application with ease.

Once your San Francisco birth certificate replacement application has been processed, you will receive an official copy of your vital record at home.

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San Francisco, CA Birth Certificate Types

It is important to understand the different types of birth certificates available in order to make sure you obtain the correct document to fulfill your needs when ordering a replacement birth certificate of a San Francisco, California birth record.

There are 2 types of San Francisco, California birth certificate copies, both of which are considered certified copies of the original birth record.

However, there are some essential differences between the 2 in regards to who can order each type of SF birth certificate and what purposes each one serves.

Long-form copy of a San Francisco, CA birth certificate

A long-form copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate is also known as a/an:

  • Full copy of a birth certificate
  • Authorized copy of a birth certificate
  • Official copy of a birth certificate

A long-form copy of a birth certificate from the city of San Francisco or the rest of San Francisco County can be used to establish an individual’s:

  • Identity
  • Age
  • Citizenship

An authorized copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate is a government-issued copy of the original document which includes any corrections made to the birth record.

If you need your SF birth certificate to sign up at university, get a driver’s license, apply for a US passport, get married, or for other legal purposes, then you need to order a long-form copy of your SF birth certificate. An informational copy will not be accepted to prove your identity.

A long-form San Francisco County birth certificate is required at the following agencies, amongst others:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Social Security
  • Passport agencies

A full certified copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate will carry the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.

You may order a long-form certified copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate on behalf of another person, as long as you are eligible.

Short-form copy of a San Francisco, CA birth certificate

An informational copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate is also known as a short-form birth certificate. It is an abstract of the birth record that only shows the individual's basic information.

Short-form San Francisco County birth certificates or informational copies bear the following statement imprinted across the face of the copy:

“Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”

Citizens that are not eligible to obtain a long-form copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate under California law, are eligible to order an informational copy instead.

How to Get a Certified Birth Certificate in San Francisco

Getting a government-issued birth certificate in San Francisco County, California is a straightforward process that can be completed with little to no hassle.

To order an authorized full copy of a San Francisco County (CA) birth certificate, just fill out the SF birth certificate application (available by clicking the button on this page) with the required information, have it notarized, and mail it to the State of California Vital Records Office with the necessary requirements and payment.

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope so the San Francisco birth certificate copy can be sent to you once it is issued.

California Department of Public Health
Vital Records - MS 5103
P.O. Box 997410
Sacramento, CA

The easiest way to obtain an SF birth certificate copy is to post your request to the California State Office.

Alternatively, San Francisco Birth and Death Certificates orders may also be submitted by mailing your application package to the San Francisco County Clerk or the Department of Public Health depending on the year the event was recorded, as explained below.

Please note that the San Francisco County Clerk can only issue birth certificates for individuals born in SF County more than 3 years ago and back to 1906.

San Francisco County Clerk address:

City and County of San Francisco
City Hall, Room 168
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4678

To obtain an SF birth certificate of toddlers that are currently less than 3 years old, applicants should submit their application at the San Francisco Department of Public Health instead.

San Francisco Department of Public Health address:

101 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Citizens of San Francisco, or the rest of San Francisco County who prefer to submit their birth certificate application in person, may do so at the following address during walk-in hours —although this usually entails waiting in line:

Office of the County Clerk
City Hall, Room 162
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4678

Walk-up hours are Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM except for Observed Holiday and Office Closures.

Birth certificate copy required information

To get a certified copy of a San Francisco, California birth certificate, you will need to complete the online birth certificate application with the following personal data:

  • The full name as stated on the birth certificate
  • The mother's full maiden name
  • The date and place of birth

Required documents for a San Francisco birth certificate

Citizens applying for a long-form certified copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate need to prove their identity and sign the application form in the presence of a notary public as well as provide a sworn statement.

Proof of identity can be provided using any of the following documents:

  • Driver’s license issued by California state
  • School ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • U.S. Military card
  • U.S. passport, card or card issued by a foreign embassy or consulate
  • Native American tribal document with photograph
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card

Who is eligible to apply

The following applicants are required to comply with the conditions or additional documentation detailed below alongside the San Francisco County birth certificate application. This depends on the relationship between the applicant and the certificate holder.

If you are the certificate bearer or a parent of the certificate bearer, you must:

  • Provide documentation that proves your identity
  • Be over the age of 18 years old

Legal guardians must provide documentation to prove they have been appointed as a legal guardian of the certificate bearer. This is done by presenting a copy of the guardianship document or court order.

A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the birth certificate holder must present an identification document.

A third party such as an attorney at law or representative of a licensed adoption agency entitled to receive the birth certificate as a result of a court order must provide a copy of the court order when applying for the birth record.

Law enforcement or other government representatives who need the birth record as part of their official business will have to provide photo identification or a request printed on the agency's letterhead.

Please note that the documentation that must be presented alongside the San Francisco birth certificate application may vary depending on the person requesting the vital record (see detailed information above).

How to Request an Apostille for an SF Birth Certificate

Citizens born in San Francisco, or the rest of San Francisco County, CA who need to present their birth certificate outside the territory of the United States need to make sure their document bears an apostille to grant it legal validity abroad.

This can be done by following these simple steps:

  1. Order a certified copy of the San Francisco County, California birth certificate
  2. Include the certified copy of the SF County birth certificate, a cover sheet stating the country in which the document will be used, a self-addressed envelope with pre-paid postage and submit the complete package to the California Secretary of State's office with the required apostille fee for authentication
  3. You may request the apostille by mail at the Sacramento office, or in person at the Sacramento office or the Los Angeles office

California Authentications Unit street address:

Mail documents via United States Postal Service to:

Notary Public Section
P.O. Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277–0001

SF birth certificate apostille requests being mailed via any other service (e.g. FedEx, UPS, DHL) can be sent to the following street address:

Authentications Unit
Notary Public Section
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

California Authentications unit walk-in service address in Sacramento:

Secretary of State (Sacramento)
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Authentications unit walk-in service address in Los Angeles:

Secretary of State (Los Angeles)
300 South Spring Street, Room 12513
Los Angeles, CA 90013

San Francisco Birth Certificate Cost

When ordering a copy of a birth certificate in San Francisco County, California (CA), it is necessary to pay the appropriate search fee.

The search fee of each copy of a birth certificate in San Francisco, California is of $25. The same fee applies regardless of whether the SF birth certificate application is sent to the county office or the state office.

It is advisable to order several copies using the same birth certificate application form. Additional copies can be kept on file ready for future use. Extra copies of the same San Francisco County birth certificate ordered within a single form carry a cost of $25.

San Francisco Birth Certificate Processing Times

Once you have mailed the complete San Francisco birth certificate application package, along with the requirements detailed above and the necessary fees, the vital records office will process your request.

In most cases, your San Francisco birth certificate order will be filled within 1 to 2 weeks. However, some vital records may take longer due to peak demand periods.

You will then receive your certified copy of the San Francisco, California CA birth certificate by post, delivered right to your door.

Unfortunately, rush orders are not available for San Francisco vital records. Therefore, it is advisable to request a copy of your birth certificate ahead of time so as to avoid delays.

This is especially important when you need to present your San Francisco birth certificate for a procedure that has a strict deadline, such as school enrollment, retirement planning, or having a passport issued in time for a trip abroad.

San Francisco citizens in urgent need of a certified copy of a birth certificate may print out their completed application package and submit it in person during opening hours. Make sure to have the required documents and fee at hand and to sign the form in the presence of the clerk upon arrival at the San Francisco County Clerk’s office.

Although this usually requires arriving and turning in your application before 3:55 PM after waiting in line for hours, it may result in same-day delivery if the applicant visits the office where the birth was originally recorded.

California Vital Records Offices

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Public Health offices that can provide birth certificate copies in California. Keep in mind that the San Francisco County Clerk’s office may sometimes process requests faster than the state vital records office.

Regardless of whether the birth certificate you require is found or not, a non-refundable search fee will be charged.

Therefore, if you cannot submit the request to the state office, it is advisable to send your birth certificate application to the office where the birth was first recorded, whenever possible. That way, you can be sure that the search will result in the certified birth certificate being issued.

FAQs About San Francisco County (CA) Birth Certificates

  • Where can I get a copy of a San Francisco County, California birth certificate?

    The most convenient way to get a certified copy of a San Francisco birth certificate is to apply online.

    Once you have filled out your San Francisco birth certificate application and gathered the necessary documentation, you may post your application package to the State of California Vital Records Office.

    California Department of Public Health
    Office of Vital Records - MS 5103
    P.O. Box 997410
    Sacramento, CA 95899-7410

    Citizens who prefer to process their request at the county level may use any of the following addresses:

    Certificate bearers over the age of 3: San Francisco County Clerk’s Office, vital records division:

    San Francisco Office of Vital Records
    101 Grove Street, Room 105,
    San Francisco, CA 94102, (415) 554-2700

    Certificate bearers under the age of 3: San Francisco Department of Public Health.:

    San Francisco Office of Vital Records
    101 Grove Street, Room 105
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    The agency will then issue the San Francisco birth certificate and you will receive it by mail at your chosen address, as per your self-address postage-paid envelope.

  • What information do I need to obtain a birth certificate in San Francisco County (CA)?

    To request a long-form certified copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate you must be a qualified requestor and fill the form with the following details:

    • Full name on the birth certificate
    • Date and place of birth
    • Full name of father and mother (including mother’s maiden name)
    • Valid identification (current state Driver’s License/photo ID preferred)
  • How much does a San Francisco County birth certificate copy cost?

    Each copy of a government-issued San Francisco County, California birth certificate carries a search fee of $25** per copy.

    It is advisable to order more than one copy of a San Francisco County birth certificate within the same form to keep on file for future use or for your records. Additional copies of a birth certificate requested within the same order form carry a cost of $25 per document.

  • How long does it take to get a birth certificate in San Francisco?

    Getting a government-issued copy of a birth certificate in SF, California usually takes 1 to 2 weeks to process. Unfortunately, rush service is not available at this time.

    The surefire way to get a certified copy of a San Francisco birth certificate issued directly is to have our experts revise your application before you mail it. That way, you can be certain it is error-free and your request won't be rejected.

    Typos or inconsistencies in the data may cause unnecessary delays or setbacks.

    Our team can help you avoid the extra hassle so that the San Francisco vital records office can send your birth certificate directly to your door on the first try.

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