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 site provides information on obtaining copies of vital records, searching our records in person, and other available services.
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Find out how to apply for a copy of a vital record.
Learn how to amend a vital record.
Research your family background.
The Wisconsin Vital Records Office will be closed on the days shown below for 2017:
January 2, Monday, in recognition of New Year's Day
January 16, Monday, Martin Luther King Day
May 29, Monday, Memorial Day
July 4, Tuesday, Fourth of July
September 4, Monday Labor Day
November 23, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day
December 25, Monday, Christmas Day
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.