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 1/1/1907 to present

Death Certificates - from 9/1/2013 to present

Marriage Certificates - 6/21/2015 to present

Divorce Certificates - 1/1/2016 to present (No divorce decrees - certificates only)

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, divorce, domestic partnership and termination of domestic partnership certificates 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.


Processing vital records applications by mail: 

  • 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.)


Processing vital records applications via the Internet:

Online requests can be made through:

Additional fees are charged by VitalChek for this service, and all major credit cards are accepted.

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, divorce, domestic partnership or termination of  domestic partnership certificate
  • $3.00 each for additional copies of the same record purchased at the same time
  • Visa and MasterCard are accepted until 4:00 PM.  CASH ONLY AFTER 4PM
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

                                   Domestic Partnership Termination

                                   Marriage Certificate Application

                                   Divorce 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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