Vital Records System



Statewide Issuance 

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.






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:
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.)
To qualify to receive a certified copy of a birth certificate, applicants at the counter will be asked to present two items of secondary identification. Go to the Related Documents section below to view In-Person Application Requirements. Also find the Form for Free Birth Record for Purposes of Voting and the  Birth Certificate Application.
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
  • 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.
Phone: 414-278-4002
Fax:      414-223-1942


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







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