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Order Official California Death Certificates Online From San Francisco County Clerk.


Once your California death certificate order is complete, it is electronically sent by the next business day to the government agency for processing.


Hundreds of government agencies nationwide exclusively trust VitalChek for accepting their death certificates and other vital record orders.


Most people place their death record order in less than 10 minutes!

San Francisco County Clerk Agency Information


San Francisco County Clerk issues copies of vital records, including Authorized and Informational copies of San Francisco County birth and death certificates as well as confidential marriage certificates.

Please note: Acknowledgements executed by Notaries Public outside of USA are not accepted. Sworn Statement must be taken before an Embassador, Minister, Consul, Vice Consul, or Consular Agent of the United States, or before any Judge of a Court of record having a seal in such foreign country. (CA CCP 2014)

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San Francisco County Clerk Vital Records issues Authorized and Informational copies of San Francisco County death certificates; authorized copies are typically acceptable for death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify social security and other legal purposes. Records and the information are released on certified copies of the record only and cannot be released by fax, email, or over the phone. Persons requesting an authorized copy must sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, that they are an "authorized person" as defined by Health & Safety Code section 103526(c). San Francisco County Clerk is not responsible for non-delivery or non-receipt of fulfilled orders by your chosen return delivery method.

Who Can Order?

Authorized Copies - An authorized copy establishes the identity of the registrant (decedent named on the certificate) and may only be issued to the following authorized persons:

  • A parent or legal guardian of the registrant (decedent named on the certificate) (Legal guardian must submit documentation).
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order (Please include a copy of the court order).
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business. (Companies representing a government agency must provide authorization from the government agency.)
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, brother or sister, 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.
  • Any agent or employee of a funeral establishment who acts within the course and scope of his or her employment and who orders certified copies of a death certificate on behalf of any individual specified in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 7100 of the Health & Safety Code.
  • Appointed rights in power of attorney, or an executor of the registrant's estate. (Please include a copy of the power of attorney, or supporting documentation identifying you as executor.)

Informational Copies - Informational copies are available to all requesters. An informational copy cannot be used for identity purposes. The certificate bears an inscription across the face of the document, stating, "INFORMATIONAL, NOT A VALID DOCUMENT TO ESTABLISH IDENTITY."

Available California (CA) Vital Record Types

Death Authorized Copy

An authorized, certified copy of a death record that can typically be used to obtain death benefits, claim insurance proceeds, notify social security and other legal purposes. Death Certificates are available for events that occurred in San Francisco County more than 3 years ago and back to 1906. The VitalChek fee is $12.95 per order.

First Copy: $24.00    Additional Copies: $0.00

Fast | Secure | Authorized | Affordable

VitalChek is the authorized external ordering source for fast, secure vital records processed directly with the issuing government agency at the lowest cost available online. That means, unlike other online services, your application won’t get lost in the mail or sent to another service for processing. We process all of our orders through secure online data connections with the issuing government agencies. We don’t have your personal data laying around and everything is done through secure, PCI compliant online data transmission with the government agencies directly. That also means we get to "skip the line" for processing ahead of mail in applications, making our service the fastest available (of course we can’t speed up the agencies themselves, but we do everything we can to keep things moving!).

No other vital records processing service can offer that. That’s what makes VitalChek different – and safer – than anything else out there. The only thing that is shipped (via USPS, UPS, or FedEx depending on which shipping method you choose) is your actual vital record itself, directly from the government agency to you. Now that’s secure!