Register of Deeds

Real Estate Documents

Research and Get Copies of Real Estate Instruments

Real Estate Records

Out of an abundance of caution to the public and our staff, the lobby of the Register of Deeds Office will be closed to the public until further notice.

Real Estate Documents

The ROD Office will continue to process real estate documents via eRecordings and mail.

Vital Records

The ROD Office will continue to process Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce and Domestic Partnership/Terminations by mail, email, internet orders or fax at (414) 223-1942.

Real Estate Research

The ROD Office will continue to research and copy requests by mail or email.

Real Estate Document Services

We record and maintain a database of real estate-related instruments that affect approximately 300,000 parcels of land in Milwaukee County. You can prepare and record deeds, research real estate documents and get copies of real estate documents from the Register of Deeds office.

Research Real Estate Documents


We can assist visitors seeking to research real estate recording information for a $10 fee. Appointments are required for complex research projects, such as those dating back many years involving more than one record.   There is a fee of $2.50 or 3% (whichever is greater) for credit & debit card payments.

To make an appointment, call (414) 278-4001 or email us.


By Subscription: Laredo is a subscription-based service with a monthly fee paid to the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds for unlimited access to Milwaukee County real estate records only. The fee is $800 per month for the first subscription and $400 per month for each additional subscription.

Email or call Teresa Sarnowski to set up an account.

Per Use: Tapestry provides information from all participating counties. Payment is made by credit card to the Tapestry website. Searches cost $6.95 each. The cost for printing is $1.50 for the first page $1 for each additional page.

Visit Tapestry

Milwaukee County Register of Deeds property information is available from:

  • Grantor, grantee and tract index begins 8/1/1962
  • Document images begins 8/1/1962
  • Deed images only are available from 4/5/1949 through 7/31/1962
  • Deeds are indexed back to 02/8/1954
  • Images of deed volumes are available back to 1835

Digital Reel

Digital Reel is a copy of a grantor/grantee index by tax key number that the Milwaukee City Tax Assessor maintained from the 1920s through 1989.


Get Copies of Real Estate Documents


Arrive between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to obtain a copy of your deed on the same day. Bring the legal description of the property if you have it, such as the property tax bill. The cost of a document is $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. A certified copy is $1 additional. The total cost for most deeds will be $4 for a certified copy or $3 for a plain copy.

We are located at 901 N. 9th St., Milwaukee.

By Mail

Send a note with your property address, city, and the name that should appear on your deed. If you do not have the exact document number of your deed, there is an additional search fee of $10, bringing the total cost by mail to $14 for a certified copy or $13 for a non-certified copy.

Mail your request to: Real Estate Records, Register of Deeds Office, 901 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233.


Documents that were sent to us electronically are returned electronically to the submitter. No paper copy of an electronic document is mailed out from the Register of Deeds office. It takes a few weeks for a recorded paper document to be returned in the mail.

To inquire about a document that has not yet been returned, call (414) 278-4001.

Credit/Debit Card Payments

There is a fee of $2.50 or 3% (whichever is greater) for credit and debit card payments.

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