Civil Records

The Clerk’s Office - Public Viewing Room
400 McAllister St., Room 103
San Francisco, CA  94102-4514
Customer Service: (415) 551-3802

Hours of Operation

NOTICE OF LIMITED SERVICE HOURS IN THE CIVIC CENTER COURTHOUSE RECORDS PUBLIC VIEWING ROOM

TELEPHONE HOURS

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday; Friday 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., excluding Court holidays.

Know Before You Go:

The Clerk's Office provides access to information related to Limited and Unlimited Civil, Probate/Wills, and Family Law case files. For all other cases (Criminal, Small Claims and Traffic), contact  those court departments directly.

The clerks CAN assist or provide you with:

  • Use of computers for case search and inquiry
  • Use of microfilm and microfiche machines
  • Requests to view files
  • Requests for photocopies, certified copies of dissolution (divorce), and requests for off-site/warehouse file retrieval
  • Copies of court forms for a fee

They CANNOT assist or provide you with:

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Before starting your file search, please be aware that you may not have access to the following:

  • Sealed/Confidential Records
  • Case files in-use by the Court

Court Policies

It is a Felony to remove files and documents from the Clerk’s Office and any of its facilities. It is also a criminal act to steal, destroy, mutilate, deface, alter or falsify any files or documents, Pursuant to G.C. 6200/6201.

  • Copy Policies
    • If your request for copies is less than five pages and the court file is on-site, your request will be processed while you wait.
    • If your request for copies is more than six pages, it may take 12 to 15 court days to process your request.
    • Exemplification requests may take 12 to 15 working days to process.
  • File Review Policy
    • You must deposit a valid, government-issued photo identification card with the clerk in order to view case files. There are no exceptions.
  • Off-Site/Warehouse File Retrieval Policy
    • If your case is at least two years old, it is possible that your file is located off-site. To view your file, you must fill out a warehouse request card and pay the $12 retrieval fee (per Local Rule 2.10). It will take five to ten working days to process your request. You will be issued a receipt with the date to come back and view your file.

 court forms

  • Civil and probate Judicial Council and local court forms may be purchased in the Clerk's Office, Civic Center Courthouse, Room 103 - Public Viewing Room. See fee schedule below.
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  • Family Law Judicial Council and local court forms may be purchased in Room 103 – Public Viewing of the Civic Center Courthouse.
  • Civil, Probate, and Family Law Judicial Council forms and some local court forms may be printed at no cost from the Forms & Fees page.
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  • Name change, Name and Gender Change, and Small Claims packets may be printed at no cost from the Forms & Fees page.
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  • Requests for forms by mail may be sent to:
    • San Francisco Superior Court
      Attn: Forms Clerk
      400 McAllister St., Dept. 103
      San Francisco, CA 94102-451

Please include the following with your request:

1. Form name and/or number;

2. Self-addressed stamped envelope; and

3. A check made payable to "San Francisco Superior Court" indicating "Not to exceed $20.00" on the MEMO line. Leave the payment amount blank.

FORMS-RELATED FEES 
Copies of Judicial Council Forms and Local Forms
(per page)
Local Rule 2.10 $0.50**
Name Change Forms Packet Local Rule 2.10 $4.50**
Name and Gender Change Forms Packet Local Rule 2.10 $4.50**
Small Claims Forms Packet Local Rule 2.10 $9.00**

**LOCAL RULE 2.10: Fees For Certain Court Services or Products. Pursuant to CRC 10.815, the Court may charge a reasonable fee not to exceed the Court's cost of providing the following products and services: forms, information materials, publications, off-site retrieval and return of documents to the off-site storage facility, and postage. These fees are published in the Court's fee schedule.