Vital Record Fee Waivers for Counties Affected by the Fires

California Governor Brown has issued an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yuba, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties due to the effects of multiple fires, including the Tubbs, Atlas, Cherokee, LaPorte, Sulphur, Potter, Cascade, Lobo and Canyon fires, which have damaged critical infrastructure, threatened thousands of homes and caused the evacuation of residents.

Pursuant to these Proclamations of a State Emergency, 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 available on the County Clerk website declaring under penalty of perjury that they are a victim. To apply for a certified copy of a San Francisco County vital records please go to the County Clerk website at sfgov.org/county clerk. For requests sent to the California Department of Public Health-Vital Records (CDPH-VR), www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHSI/Pages/Vital-Records-Obtaining-Certified-Copies-of-Birth--Death-Records.aspx, victims should also make the notation “Wildfire” on the front of the mailing envelope, for faster processing.