California Vital Record Fee Waivers for Individuals Impacted by Wildfires

UPDATE 11/19/18: Acting Governor Gaving Newsome has issued emergency proclamations for Butte and Los Angeles counties for the Camp and Woolsey fires respectively. The information below will also apply to victims of these fires.


Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued emergency proclamations for Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Mariposa, Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Siskiyou Counties due to the effects of multiple fires, including the Pawnee, Klamathon, West, Holiday, 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, 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.

For information on applying for a certified copy of a San Francisco County vital records select Birth or Death Certificate orCopy 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