Real Estate Information and Copy Service




Real Estate Staff can provide assistance for visitors seeking to research recording information. They will conduct the search for a $10.00 fee.


Data and images can be accessed on the Internet at Real Estate Records Internet Access.


It takes a few weeks for a recorded paper document to be returned in the mail.


Documents that were sent to us electronically are returned electronically via the internet to the submitter.  No paper copy of an electronic document is mailed out from this office.


To inquire about a current document that has not yet been returned, call 278-4001 to check on the status of your document.  Real Estate staff will look up the documents that have not yet been mailed back.


In person, you must be here between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM to obtain a copy of your deed on the same day. Bring the legal description of the property if you have it, such as the property tax bill.  The cost of a document is $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. A certified copy is $1.00 additional. The total cost for most deeds will be $4.00 for a certified copy or $3.00 for a plain copy.


Through the mail, send a note with your property address, city and the name that should appear on your deed. If you do not have the exact document number of your deed, there is an additional search fee of $10.00, bringing the total cost by mail to $14.00 for a certified copy or $13.00 for a non-certified copy. Mail your request to: Real Estate Records, Register of Deeds Office, 901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee WI 53233.


Search fees are $10.00 per item; copy fees are $2.00 for the first page of a document and $1.00 for each additional page of the same document. Certified copies are $1.00 additional for certification seal.


Notice to instructors, students and others conducting historical research:


  • Research projects can date back 80 to 100 years. These searches require significant time and are not available on the computer.  This will require the searcher and a Register of Deeds employee to read through numerous sources of data which may consume hours or days of research.
  • Therefore, Register of Deeds assistance for persons working on research projects/class assignments is only available for those who have scheduled an appointment with our Real Estate Records Research section in Room G-6.
  • Make an appointment either by phoning 414-278-4001 or send an email to       


Phone: 414-278-4000







The Register of Deeds Real Estate Research section in Room G-6 of the courthouse has several databases that contain older information of interest primarily to title company professionals. The databases can be accessed on the Internet. These databases include:


Assignments & Releases: Index cards (not document images) that show the reel/ image number and date of Assignments and Releases that were recorded prior to 7/1/1994. The reel/image number can be used to locate the microfilm image of the document.


Federal Tax Liens (FTL)This database provides data (not document images) regarding Federal Tax Liens that were filed prior to 5/12/2004.  The data includes the name and address of taxpayer, amount of tax owed, whether it has been released/discharged, filing date and register's file number.  FTL that were recorded beginning 5/12/2004 can be accessed in the Register of Deeds Laredo system.




Articles of Incorporation: Index card (not document image) that shows the date the article was recorded and the reel/image number (or volume & page) of the original document and subsequent name changes.


Subdivision: Plat and tract information for subdivisions.


Visit for this information. If you have questions or need assistance in how to use this site, phone 278-4001.









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