Vital Records Adoption-Related Services

The Wisconsin Vital Records Office has information on the process for obtaining a new birth certificate or a certificate of birth facts for domestic or international adoptions.

Domestic Adoptions

If a person born in Wisconsin is adopted in Wisconsin, another U.S. state or territory, Canada, or any federally recognized Indian tribe, band, or nation, our office requires a certified copy of the adoption court order. “Certified” means the document contains an original court seal. The fee to file the adoption court order in our office is $20 (see chart below), which does not include a copy of the new record.




 

International Adoptions

Wisconsin law states that our office can create a “Certification of Birth Facts” document for a child born in a foreign country if we receive a certified adoption order from a Wisconsin court along with proof of the birth facts. “Certified” means the document contains an original court seal.

We cannot accept court orders from other countries. This means that in order for our office to create a Wisconsin Certification of Birth Facts for a foreign-born child, the child must be re-adopted in a Wisconsin court.

The fee to file the adoption court order in our office is $20 (see chart below), which does not include a copy of the new record.

Fee

Cost

Adoption Record Fees
Adoption filing fee $20

Certified copy of new record

     Additional copy

$20

$3

Adoptive records

When someone who was born in Wisconsin is adopted, our office impounds, or seals, that person’s original birth certificate. A new birth certificate is created, showing the person’s adoptive parents and the person’s new name, if it changed as a result of the adoption. The impounded certificate cannot be released to anyone, including the person listed on the certificate, without a court order. The Wisconsin Adoption Records Search Program can provide further information.

Questions?

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Last Revised: May 15, 2017