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.
Processing vital records applications by mail:
Processing vital records applications via the Internet:
Online requests can be made through either of two outside companies.
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, 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
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