With the new statewide issuance law now in effect, if the vital record you are requesting falls within the dates listed below you can obtain the copies from any Register of Deeds office in the State of Wisconsin.
Records available for statewide issuance:
Birth Certificates - from 10/1/1907 to present
Death Certificates - from 9/1/2013 to present
Marriage Certificates - 6/2/2015 to present
Divorce Certificates - 1/1/2016 to present
Tribal Marriage or Divorce - 1/1/2016 to present
***FOR OFFICE WALK INS: Due to the change in how our office now obtains vital records, it may take 15 to 20 minutes to receive a copy of the requested record in person.
VITAL RECORDS SYSTEM (Certified Copies)
The vital records system is a one-stop service for purchasing certified copies of birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership and termination of domestic partnership records where the event occurred in Milwaukee County.
Processing vital records applications by mail or online:
The Milwaukee County Register of Deeds Offers two options for processing vital records applications that do not require visiting the courthouse in-person.
- Select the appropriate application form below, print it on your printer and mail it to us with a cashier's check or money order. (Sorry, no personal checks.)
For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that Milwaukee County Register of Deeds has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc.
VitalChek can be reached through their website.An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.”
Free birth record available for the purpose of obtaining an identification card for voting purposes:
To apply for a free birth record in-person or via U.S. mail two forms must be submitted:
Form #1 - REQUEST FOR FREE BIRTH RECORD
Form #2 - BIRTH CERTIFICATE APPLICATION
Ø Applicants must be at least 17 years of age
Ø Only one free birth record will be given per applicant.
Ø Free birth records will be given only to persons who are current residents of Milwaukee County. (Non-residents born in Milwaukee County are not eligible.)
Processing vital records applications in-person:
Certified copies of vital records are sold and available the same day in the Register of Deeds office from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Monday through Friday excluding major holidays. Costs are as follows:
- $20.00 each for the first copy of a birth, marriage, death, domestic partnership or termination of domestic partnership certificate
- $3.00 each for additional copies of the same record purchased at the same time
- NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED
- Credit and Debit Cards are accepted until 4:00 PM
- Credit and debit cards are not accepted for genealogical requests
To receive a certified copy of a vital record in person, you must present proper identification. To read those requirements view the document entitled In-person Application Requirements shown under Related Documents at the bottom of this page.
Related Documents: Birth Certificate Application
Death Certificate Application
Domestic Partnership Application
Marriage Certificate Application
In-Person Application Requirements
Vital Records Consent Form
If you are purchasing a certified birth certificate in order to obtain a U.S. passport, you can obtain passports from the Milwaukee County Clerk, Room 105, Courthouse between the hours of 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, phone: 278-4067.
How to Obtain a Passport