Register of Deeds




Register of Deeds


What We Do

The following documents and services are available through the Register of Deeds:

  • Certified copies of birth, death and marriage records
  • Request to file a military discharge for safe keeping

In addition, the Office of the Register of Deeds records, scans and compiles an index of real estate documents, corporation papers and military discharges; records informal probate instruments; files and keeps an index of financing statements; collects the real estate transfer tax; and performs such other functions as provided, pursuant to Sections 59.51, 69.23 and other pertinent sections of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Our Mission: The mission of the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds Office is to provide timely, secure, accurate, archival accessible and cost-effective record systems and services that are delivered in a prompt and courteous manner.

Your Register of Deeds

John La Fave

John La Fave has been the elected Register of Deeds for Milwaukee County since January 2003. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin Legislature from 1993 to 2003.

Mr. La Fave is a member of: Milwaukee County Land Information Council, Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association, Property Records Industry Association and the International Association of Government Officials.

In July 2009 Governor Jim Doyle appointed Mr. La Fave to serve a three-year membership on the Electronic Recording Council - Wisconsin (ERC-WI). The council was created by legislation known as the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. The council is charged to develop administrative rules and guidance on implementing electronic recording of land documents by Wisconsin Registers of Deeds.

John La Fave is a member of the Milwaukee County Democratic Party, Bay View Bicycle Club, Greater Milwaukee Recumbent Bike Club, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Whitefish Bay Tennis Club and the United States Tennis Association. Born in Milwaukee, John is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee County. He graduated from Wauwatosa West High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in education.

John's involvement in political and community affairs began during his high school years when he was active in civil rights activities and the peace movement. His previous employment included work as an elementary school teacher, a sales representative and 10 years as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. John and his wife Andrea live in the Village of Whitefish Bay. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Occasionally John enjoys commuting the courthouse via bicycle.

Contact Us

Register of Deeds: John La Fave
901 N. 9th Street, Room 103
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

Birth/Death/Marriage Email

Phone: (414) 278-4021

Fax: (414) 223-1257

Property Fraud Alert

The Milwaukee County Register of Deeds offers a free online automated service in which property owners can sign up to have their name monitored so as to track possible fraudulent activity. Participants will be notified only when the exact name they have submitted to Property Fraud Alert (PFA) is listed as a grantor or grantee on a document recorded in the Register of Deeds office.

While PFA will not prevent fraud from happening, it provides an early warning system that will allow property owners to take appropriate action should they believe fraudulent activity has occurred with their property.

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