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Wisconsin Vital Records Services

The Wisconsin Vital Records Office is responsible for filing, preserving, protecting, changing, and issuing copies of birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, and records of declaration of domestic partnership and termination of domestic partnership for events that occur in Wisconsin.  This Web site provides information on obtaining copies of vital records, searching our records in person, and other available services.

Check these dates the Wisconsin Vital Records Office will be closed.

Select a topic on the left sidebar or read the Frequently Asked Questions to find information.

Please note the following:
  • By state statute, the Wisconsin Vital Records Office requires a written application and fee for searching for any vital record.  We do not provide free searches or verifications, such as confirming that a certificate is on file or verifying the date of an event.

  • Money orders or checks from foreign financial institutions will not be accepted and will be returned regardless of whether they are payable in U.S. funds. All fees must be made by check or money order payable through a U.S. financial institution in U.S. currency.

  • By state statute, the Wisconsin Vital Records Office cannot accept telephone orders for birth certificates or other vital records.

  • This site provides instructions for requesting copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, and records of declaration of domestic partnership and termination of domestic partnership. The fee is established by statute and is for the search for a certificate; if a certificate is located, the first copy is issued at no additional cost.  In the event no certificate is found, the fee is not refundable since the search has been conducted.

Last Revised:  November 07, 2012